Wouldn't it be great to have a molecule named after you? But perhaps not this week's compound, the chemical weapon lewisite
Hayley Birch discovers the compound that opened up a wing of the periodic table for reactions: Xenon hexafluoroplatinate
Raychelle Burks finds out how Potbelly's patrons became poisoning patients, in the mystery of the sodium azide-laced iced tea
In this week's podcast, Matt Gunther reveals the toxic history of gelsemine
In this week's podcast, Raychelle Burks tells us of the cool but warming effects of methyl salicylate, better known as oil of wintergreen.
It's at the heart of the first chemical equation, and makes Hayley Birch think of quiche. This week's compound is antimony sulfide
Why do the Blue Ridged Mountains inspire so many songs? Maybe it's because of the Isoprene that gives them their blue hue...
Emilie Steinmark tells us about gluten and gluten intolerance
Simon Cotton explains the explosive history and the dangers to health of the weight-loss drug, 2,4-dinitrophenol
Brian Clegg introduces an exotic chemical dynasty: the Vanadium oxides
Simon Cotton on the compound that turns a shrinking violet into a hero: Adrenaline
Brian Clegg tells us about a silicone gel, which can sometimes be a bit silly
Raychelle Burks introduces a red dye with a prickly history.
If life hands you lemons, make lemonade – or you could make citric acid, a very useful commodity chemical according to Andrew Turley
Brian Clegg on sodium sulfate, known as 'the miraculous salt' because of its strong laxative effects.
Tempted by a tipple of home-brewed moonshine? Andrew Turley examines the risks associated with drinking methanol.
Brian Clegg investigates a compound that calms inflamed joints and excites the stressed brain: Cortisol
Ben Valsler examines the chemicals at the heart of one of the latest cosmetic & food additive scare stories: Parabens
Matt Gunther investigates a clear, colourless gas responsible for thousands of deaths in the Great War: Phosgene
It rendered walls of pyramids and helps remove unwanted hair - Brian Clegg introduces a compound with many names - Calcium hydroxide
From a glamorous necklace to cutting edge body armour - Helen Scales investigates the properties of nacre
Brian Clegg smooths out the wrinkles over the darling of the cosmetic industry, hyaluronic acid
How do mussels stick tight and weather the constant ocean waves? Helen Scales discovers mussel adhesive proteins
Brian Clegg introduces a compound steeped in faded Victorian glamour – acetylene
Simon Cotton examines a compound banned in warfare but still used by police to disperse crowds: CS gas