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Picric acid

20 July 2016 Podcast | Compounds

A yellow dress, of the type worn by Jane Austen, sets Michael Freemantle exploring the chemistry of picric acid


14 July 2016 Podcast | Compounds

It's the active molecule in the plant known as electric daisies or the toothache plant but it might also make your skin smoother


6 July 2016 Podcast | Compounds

Kat Arney introduces the organomercury preservative associated with the current controversy around vaccines

Ammonium carbonate

29 June 2016 Podcast | Compounds

Ever taken a whiff of smelling salts? For many years, the compound that contributed the pungent pong was ammonium carbonate


22 June 2016 Podcast | Compounds

With a name that literally means rotten resin, asafoetida is a surprising food additive and deodorant

Methyl isocyanate

15 June 2016 Podcast | Compounds

The 1984 accident at Bhopal, India, was the worst in the history of industrial chemistry. It involved a leak of methyl isocyanate

Shikimic acid

8 June 2016 Podcast | Compounds

Kat Arney introduces a biologically ubiquitous compound, important in beating both infectious viruses and invasive weeds


31 May 2016 Podcast | Compounds

The tastiest food additive there is, or the greatest threat to life in the western world?


25 May 2016 Podcast | Compounds

The Battle of Jutland was fought 100 years ago next week, on May 31st, 1916. A critical role was played by cordite


18 May 2016 Podcast | Compounds

Michael Freemantle takes a stroll through 'Jane Austen country' to discover this week's compound: Coumarin

Tetraethyl lead

11 May 2016 Podcast | Compounds

For decades, automobile fuel had a dangerous additive: Tetraethyl lead. Matt Gunther explains why a toxic compound was added to our fuel


4 May 2016 Podcast | Compounds

It failed as a painkiller, but Haldol rapidly became an essential medicine for schizophrenia. Raychelle Burks explains more

Cadmium telluride

27 April 2016 Podcast | Compounds

It may not be the best material for solar cells but it has some distinct advantages


20 April 2016 Podcast | Compounds

Rowena Fletcher-Wood on the simple compound that links spandex, automobile safety and space exploration: Hydrazine


13 April 2016 Podcast | Compounds

Does burnt toast cause cancer? Martha Henriques explores this complex question

Uranium dioxide

6 April 2016 Podcast | Compounds

This week's compound has had a glowing career in the arts and a runaway success in the energy sector


30 March 2016 Podcast | Compounds

Michael Freemantle with a colourful account of the birth of synthetic organic chemistry


23 March 2016 Podcast | Compounds

Emma Stoye on citronellol - her constant companion when faced with biting bugs


16 March 2016 Podcast | Compounds

Kat Arney discovers the compound that first coloured the Chicago river green for St Patrick's Day

Sodium hypochlorite

9 March 2016 Podcast | Compounds

What do hygienic work surfaces have in common with 19th century French violins? Brian Clegg finds out.

Brominated vegetable oil

2 March 2016 Podcast | Compounds

Too much cola can mess with your brain. The effects of excess brominated vegetable oil explained


24 February 2016 Podcast | Compounds

Oseltamivir, or Tamiflu, stockpiling during the 2009 H1N1 epidemic highlighted significant problems with drugs trials policy


17 February 2016 Podcast | Compounds

Flibanserin was touted to be the female Viagra. Martha Henriques explains why it failed to live up to the hype.


9 February 2016 Podcast | Compounds

Michael Freemantle relates the history arolein, a poor tear gas with unexpected benefits


3 February 2016 Podcast | Compounds

Raychelle Burks explains how the scent of cedar wood can be used to destroy pests