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Cadmium telluride

27 April 2016 Podcast | Compounds

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

Hydrazine

20 April 2016 Podcast | Compounds

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

Acrylamide

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

Mauveine

30 March 2016 Podcast | Compounds

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

Citronellol

23 March 2016 Podcast | Compounds

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

Fluorescein

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

Oseltamivir

24 February 2016 Podcast | Compounds

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

Flibanserin

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.

Acrolein

9 February 2016 Podcast | Compounds

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

Cedrol

3 February 2016 Podcast | Compounds

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

Ethidium bromide

27 January 2016 Podcast | Compounds

Kat Arney shines a light on the fluorescent DNA marker

Calcium carbide

19 January 2016 Podcast | Compounds

Michael Freemantle tells us of discovery that lit the homes and put the food on the table of millions of people

Ectoparasiticides

13 January 2016 Podcast | Compounds

Martha Henriques explains how compounds developed to keep parasites at bay may be protecting rhinos from poachers

Taq Polymerase

16 December 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Kat Arney reveals how high temperature bacteria provide us with the molecule that speeds up DNA sequencing

Ubiquitin

9 December 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Kiki Sanford examines the molecule that holds the balance between life and death

Diethyl ether

2 December 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Michael Freemantle awakens us to the history of diethyl ether

Manganese dioxide

25 November 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Brian Clegg paints a picture of a compound found in ancient cave paintings and top-of-the-range electronics: Manganese dioxide

Mercury fulminate, Hg(CNO)2

18 November 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Michael Freemantle examines the explosive history and chemistry of mercury fulminate

Zirconium tungstate

11 November 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Generally, things get bigger as they get hotter. Neil Withers examines one of the exceptions – zirconium tungstate

Toluene

4 November 2015 Podcast | Compounds

There's more to toluene than TNT, as Brian Clegg reveals

Guncotton or nitrocellulose

28 October 2015 Podcast | Compounds

From an apron aflame to a popular propellant, Michael Freemantle tracks the history of guncotton

Thiamine or vitamin B

22 October 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Brian Clegg introduces an essential nutrient, and the first to hold the name 'vitamin': Thiamine or vitamin B