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Listen to your favourite magazine every month, with Chemistry World's very own podcast.
Latest: Chemistry World podcast – March 2015

Chemistry in its Element: Series one

The Elements

Listen to the whole series at the Visual Elements Periodic Table.

Chemistry in its Element: Series two

The Compounds

A leading scientist or author tells the story behind a different compound or molecule.
Latest: Nacre

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20 May 2015 Podcast | Compounds

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From a glamorous necklace to cutting edge body armour - Helen Scales investigates the properties of nacre

Hyaluronic acid

13 May 2015 Podcast | Compounds

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Brian Clegg smooths out the wrinkles over the darling of the cosmetic industry, hyaluronic acid

Mussel adhesive proteins

6 May 2015 Podcast | Compounds

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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

CS gas  

Simon Cotton examines a compound banned in warfare but still used by police to disperse cr...


It's the strongest known biological material and one of the earliest pigments - Helen Scal...


Brian Clegg discusses the vitamin found in both breakfast cereal and meteorites: Niacin


Start your engines! Simon Cotton looks into one of the few chemical names known well to th...

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