2006 Press Releases

Nanofabric made from polymer fibres

Bacteria scared of the light

20 December 2006

Antibacterial nanofabrics that kill bacteria when exposed to light could revolutionise drug packaging and wound dressing.

Dr Simon Campbell's CBE

Dr Simon Campbell receives CBE at Buckingham Palace

14 December 2006

The immediate past president of the RSC Dr Simon Campbell has received his CBE from The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Hands sorting Myrrh

Royal Society of Chemistry Myrrh Challenge featured on London Tonight and in The Independent

14 December 2006

The Royal Society of Chemistry challenged Christmas drinkers to identify Myrrh - 100 years after it was first chemically analysed

A computer-generated sun-exposure topography of the artificial head

Sunbathing for dummies

12 December 2006

A sunbathing mannequin head devised by Australian scientists is being used in the fight against skin cancer.

Environmental scientist Dr Alex Orlov

Nuclear disaster witness to address Environment Seminar

11 December 2006

An environmental scientist who witnessed the Chernobyl nuclear explosion as a teenager will address an environmental seminar in London on Wednesday 13 December.

Diamond-coated electrodes could be used to detect serotonin in the brain

Diamonds on the brain

08 December 2006

Diamonds could play a key role in the fight against Parkinson's Disease thanks to work by UK and US scientists.

Nobel Chemistry Prize 2005 winner Professor Yves Chauvin

Nobel Prize Winner receives Honorary RSC Fellowship and delivers inaugural lecture at Imperial College

07 December 2006

Nobel Chemistry Prize winner Yves Chauvin has delivered the first ever joint lecture of the RSC and the Société Française de Chimie

A material that mimics bone could be used to mend and numb the pain of broken limbs.

Bones healed and pain numbed at the same time

30 November 2006

A material that mimics bone could be used to simultaneously mend and numb the pain of broken limbs, thanks to work by South Korean scientists.

The Itsu Sushi Bar in Piccadilly where traces of Polonium 210 have been found

Polonium - an element in the news

29 November 2006

Polonium, an extremely rare radioactive metal, is suddenly in the news following its role in the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvenenko.

Micro-spherical heart-like pump

Heart cells used to create spontaneously beating miniature pump

29 November 2006

Battery free medical implants could be a step closer thanks to a spontaneously beating miniature pump developed by Japanese scientists.

Breath sampler for disease diagnosis

Breath test to diagnose disease

27 November 2006

Scientists in Manchester have developed a technique for monitoring compounds exhaled in breath - which could help diagnose diseases.

Solar system

Metal formed 100 million years ago could reveal solar system secrets

23 November 2006

A team of scientists can now accurately measure the isotope Samarium 146, which has a half life of 100 million years.

Race horse

Horses that gallop a bit too fast

21 November 2006

Horses that gallop a bit faster than they should due to injection of designer steroids can now be identified thanks to Australian scientists.

Malcolm Wicks, Science Minister

New science minister agrees that chemistry is essential for wealth creation

17 November 2006

RSC is the first science organisation to have had a meeting with new science minister

Oil Rig

UK has great opportunity to lead on carbon imprisonment

16 November 2006

Britain is ideally placed to lead the world in the theory and practice of capturing and storing unwanted carbon dioxide

A magnified image of some glass fragments

Burglars beware!

14 November 2006

A new method for analysing glass fragments could help link burglars to crime scenes.

The micro-patterned sensor surface

Revolution for airport security

13 November 2006

A portable device which can detect trace amounts of explosives and drugs has been developed by Swedish scientists.

Gas Mask

Edward Harrison: forgotten inventor of the gas mask

10 November 2006

The Royal Society of Chemistry would welcome information about the life and descendants of Edward Harrison

Richard Pike

Greenpeace should be red-faced over science gaffe

09 November 2006

RSC chief executive Richard Pike has criticised Greenpeace after it condemned a carbon capture and storage scheme

Sensor for food contamination

Is your packaged food still fresh?

09 November 2006

Canadian scientists have developed a sensor which could be used to tell whether packaged food is still fresh.

Richard Pike

New science funding is good but more needs to be done

08 November 2006

The RSC has given a cautious welcome to the announcement by HEFCE of £75 million over three years for Chemistry, Physics and other subjects

HIV virus

Bulges can be the key to anti-HIV drugs

07 November 2006

Scientists in America have developed a new molecule which can bind to parts of the HIV virus responsible for replication

Tony Blair at the RSC

Chemistry education still needs better funding in UK

03 November 2006

Tony Blair's statement on science underlines the reality that chemistry is a vital tool to tackle the challenges that society now faces


Guy Fawkes says fireworks damage the environment

03 November 2006

Guy Fawkes says fireworks should be banned. The mass use of fireworks adds to global warming

Biochip measuring embryo respiration

Measuring the earliest of breaths

03 November 2006

Measurement of the breath of tiny embryos could revolutionise IVF treatment for couples

forensic science

Chief scientific officer for Scotland issues rallying cry to scientists

02 November 2006

Chief scientific officer for Scotland Anne Glover has given an inspirational speech at the RSC "Science and the Parliament" event in Edinburgh

Bacterial colony

A workforce that never gets tired

02 November 2006

Warwick based chemists are researching using bacteria to produce drugs that are difficult to make with current techniques

Professor Jim Feast

Archives for Latin America

31 October 2006

A new Royal Society of Chemistry initiative will give scientists in a group of Latin American countries free access to its journals archive

Richard Pike

Arsenal and leaf blowers add to global warming

30 October 2006

RSC chief executive Richard Pike has pointed out Arsenal's new stadium and leaf blowing machines as examples of wasting energy

Paper fibres coated with zinc oxide nanoparticles

Antibacterial Wallpaper

30 October 2006

Taiwanese researchers have developed wallpaper with antibacterial properties.

Heston Blumenthal

Celebrity chef and Honorary RSC Fellow Heston Blumenthal appears on Desert Island Discs

27 October 2006

Celebrity chef and Honorary RSC Fellow Heston Blumenthal has appeared on BBC Radio Four's Desert Island Discs

Media relations manager Brian Emsley

RSC Highly Commended at PR Week Awards

26 October 2006

The RSC Media Office has been Highly Commended for its role in preventing the closure of Sussex University's Chemistry Department


Submariners can breathe easily

26 October 2006

Air quality on submarines remains good despite extended periods underwater, Swedish scientists have found.

Bone disease

Magic bullet for bone disease

24 October 2006

Canadian researchers are using phosphorus compounds and proteins to target musculoskeletal diseases.

Perkin Plaque

William Perkin celebrations in Greenford and Sudbury

24 October 2006

Distinguished guests from around the UK gathered in London to mark the 150th anniversary of scientist William Perkin's discovery of mauveine dye.

Gouty joint

Faster detection of kidney problems

20 October 2006

Durham based scientists have developed a technique for quickly detecting uric acid using lanthanide complexes.

Richard Pike

RSC welcomes confirmation of increased university chemistry acceptances

18 October 2006

The RSC welcomes the latest UCAS figures showing an increase of 3.7 per cent in acceptances for chemistry degree courses.


Apricot and cashew nut leftovers need not be thrown out

18 October 2006

Researchers in the US have discovered waste products from the food industry can be converted into useful nanomaterials.

forensic science

Support for Small Companies event, Edinburgh

18 October 2006

More than 70 small to medium sized companies in the Scottish chemical industry have been invited to an RSC event in Edinburgh.

CDs / DVDs

Supersized CDs and DVDs

13 October 2006

CDs and DVDs with 'supersized' capacity could be a step closer thanks to a metal cluster complex made by Chinese scientists.

School laboratory

£1.9 billion needed for schools laboratories upgrade

12 October 2006

Vital plans to upgrade UK schools chemistry laboratories will fall a quarter of a century behind a government target

Evolution of life in ocean depths

Did life begin at the bottom of the ocean?

11 October 2006

Life on earth probably began in the depths of the ocean and not on the planet's surface, claim scientists.

Dr Rachel Brazil

Seminar: Funding in Science and Technology - Who pays? Who benefits?

10 October 2006

A seminar exploring the issues behind funding in science and technology has been held at the House of Commons.

RSC Open Science

RSC Publishing announces new publishing model

03 October 2006

RSC Publishing has announced plans to offer increased publishing choices for its journal authors

Innovation Awards 2006

RSC Innovation Awards to Spotlight Special Talents

03 October 2006

RSC launches its ITF Innovation Awards 2006

Carol Vorderman

Carol Vorderman turns fashion clock back 150 years to honour colour genius

27 September 2006

In 1856 William Perkin produced mauve, the first synthetic organic dye, while attempting to synthesise the anti-malaria drug quinine

Brain under pressure

Brains under pressure

26 September 2006

UK scientists have been studying the effects of high pressure on the brain while under anaesthetic.

Professor Charles Rees

Former RSC President Professor Charles Rees dies, aged 78

22 September 2006

The Royal Society of Chemistry was saddened to hear of the death of former RSC President Professor Charles Rees

Drinking water

Removing herbicides from water

22 September 2006

A new technique for bringing herbicide levels in water down to safe levels has been developed by American scientists.

Richard Pike

RSC makes submission to Comprehensive Spending Review

20 September 2006

The RSC has made its submission to the government's Comprehensive Spending Review- calling for an extra £3.4 billion to fund chemistry.

Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson and Sir David Attenborough light up Burlington House

20 September 2006

Bill Bryson met winners of the Bill Bryson Prize for Science Communication and joined Sir David Attenborough and Lord Sainsbury to launch the new BH 'Cultural Campus'

Damaged DNA

Sound waves detect DNA damage

20 September 2006

Canadian scientists have developed a new technique for detecting a common form of DNA damage with sound waves.

Higher education manager Libby Steele

University chemistry acceptances surge more than 18 per cent

15 September 2006

The RSC has welcomed news that university chemistry acceptances are at their highest levels since 1999.


Wigwam shaped channels to aid in early cancer detection

15 September 2006

Wigwam shaped nanopores could be used to aid detection of the early signs of diseases such as cancer

Chemical weapons sensor

Detecting deadly nerve gas

12 September 2006

A method for quickly detecting the deadly nerve agent sarin has been developed by American researchers.

Hybrid car

Bigger better batteries

11 September 2006

Mass production of battery powered cars could be a step closer thanks to a joint study by Swedish and French researchers.

Fish-farmed trout

Freeing fish farms from infection

11 September 2006

A cheap and environmentally friendly method for clearing fungal infections from trout farms has been developed by Italian scientists.

Digital Chemistry are launching their new Torus software later this year

Leeds business is September Small-Medium Enterprise of the Month

01 September 2006

Leeds business Digital Chemistry has been chosen as the RSC's Small-Medium Enterprise of the Month for September.

Chip to analyse chemical changes in the brain

Brain Chips

01 September 2006

Scientists have developed a chip which can analyse chemical changes in the brain.

Waterproof paper

Waterproof paper

30 August 2006

Scientists have unveiled a new technique for making waterproof, self-cleaning paper.

Oil pipeline

Chemistry must play a key role in preventing corrosion in oil pipelines

25 August 2006

RSC chief executive Richard Pike underlines the importance of chemistry in preventing oil pipeline corrosion and leakage

Richard Pike

UK science education should heed England World Cup failures

23 August 2006

UK science education should learn from English World Cup football failures, says RSC chief executive Dr Richard Pike.


Shape-shifting micro-organisms

23 August 2006

Infra-red light can help starving micro-organisms shape-shift into forms which make it easier for them to find food.

Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

New weapons to fight MRSA

18 August 2006

Molecules which kill the superbug MRSA have been made by Cambridge scientists.


Golden bullet for cancer

17 August 2006

Scientists in the UK have found a way to target cancer with gold

Education policy

Three new regions to benefit from £3.6 million chemistry initiative

17 August 2006

Pupils across the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber and the South East are to be included in the £3.6m initiative Chemistry for our Future, led by the Royal Society of Chemistry...

Hydrogen pump

Hydrogen car for the future

15 August 2006

The green fuel car of the future could be a step closer after the development of materials which store and release hydrogen efficiently.

Dr Kate Burrell

Dr Kate Burrell appears in Radio Five Live science education debate

14 August 2006

The RSC's national co-ordinator for Chemistry: The Next Generation, Dr Kate Burrell, has appeared alongside science enthusiast Johnny Ball in a BBC Radio Five debate about science ...

Nanoparticle sequestering drugs

Countering the effects of a drug overdose

14 August 2006

Nanoparticles could save the lives of patients who have accidentally or deliberately overdosed.


Double trouble for plants

10 August 2006

Depletion of the ozone layer and a toxic heavy metal are combining to cause irreparable damage to plants.

Radiation Symbol

Scientists and engineers say bury nuclear waste - but warn on unanswered questions

09 August 2006

Scientists and engineers say bury nuclear waste - but warn on unanswered questions

Microfluidic device

DNA stretching device to help detect bio-terror attacks

08 August 2006

A device that stretches DNA is being used to develop a detector for bio-warfare agents.


Nanoparticles to deliver drugs to the eye

04 August 2006

Biodegradable polymer nanoparticles could soon be used to deliver drugs to the eye.


New test to crack down on steroid cheats

01 August 2006

A new test developed by German and Canadian Scientists could crack down on steroid cheats.


Holographic glucose detectors to help diabetes patients

28 July 2006

Scientists in Cambridge have made a holographic sensor which could be used to help diabetes patients monitor their blood sugar levels.

Nobel Prize for Chemistry winners Peter Agre and Aaron Ciechanover

Nobel Prize winners receive Honorary RSC Fellowships

27 July 2006

Two Nobel Prize winners have received Honorary RSC Fellowships from President Dr Simon Campbell at a ceremony at Burlington House.

Carl Djerassi

The birth of great ideas

26 July 2006

Key scientists in the development of Viagra and the contraceptive pill took a unique opportunity to be pictured together in front of Damien Hirst's Virgin Mother Statue.

Heston Blumenthal

Royal Society of Chemistry honours leading chef

26 July 2006

The RSC has conferred an Honorary Fellowship upon the internationally renowned chef Heston Blumenthal OBE

10 Downing Street

Chemistry Council at Downing Street for energy solution talks

25 July 2006

Leaders of the British chemistry community were today at 10 Downing Street urging 'out of the box' thinking to meet the 21st century energy challenge.

Professor Jim Feast

New President for Royal Society of Chemistry

25 July 2006

Durham-based Professor Jim Feast is the new president of the RSC after taking over from Dr Simon Campbell.

Bill Bryson

Winners of Bill Bryson Science Communication Prize announced

21 July 2006

Five schools are celebrating after collecting awards in the Bill Bryson Science Communication Prize.

Wobbly jelly

What makes jelly wobble?

19 July 2006

A Leeds food scientist is uncovering the mysteries of interactions in complex foods

Richard Pike

Chinese Chemical Society long-term partner in advancing chemistry says RSC CEO Richard Pike

17 July 2006

Dr Richard Pike was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Chinese Chemical Society's 25th congress in Chang Chun.


Arthritis drug found in mushrooms

17 July 2006

Mushrooms could play a pivotal role in the treatment of arthritis.

Polymerase chain reaction chip

Bird flu advance warning given by microchip

12 July 2006

Scientists in Singapore have developed a lab-on-a-chip which could be used to test for bird flu in remote areas

Rebecca Farnell

Inspiration to young scientists and shining example in responsible care win industry awards

07 July 2006

A Bradford based chemist and a County Durham based company both scooped major awards given by the chemical industry

Dr Simon Campbell

Chemical Industry gives top award to RSC President

06 July 2006

The awards celebrate the contribution that the chemical industry makes to the UK's prosperity

flame experiment

Surely that's banned! - Many schools not sure what is allowed in the lab

06 July 2006

Unfounded concerns over health and safety are hampering practical science teaching in schools

Les Kershaw

World Cup magic spray: is there a long term cost to instant relief?

30 June 2006

Chemist and Man Utd football guru, Les Kershaw, has voiced his reservations about the use of so called 'magic spray'

Simon Campbell

RSC President given CBE in Queen's Birthday Honours

30 June 2006

RSC president Dr Simon Campbell has had more than 40 years of working in chemistry recognised by a CBE in the Queen's birthday honours

Detecting explosives

Sniffer dogs with snouts out of joint

28 June 2006

Highly trained sniffer dogs used to detect explosives could have their snouts put out of joint by pioneering chemical research

The Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP

Foreign Secretary speaks at RSC Parliament Event

27 June 2006

The Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP made an impassioned plea to the nation's young people to embrace science to help combat climate change


Fridges given the cold shoulder

26 June 2006

It will bring a whole new meaning to the word fridge magnet, since fridges as we know them could soon be given the cold shoulder

Big Ben

Foreign Secretary to speak on Science and Globalisation: 27 June 2006

23 June 2006

The Foreign Secretary will be speaking at Parliament's major annual science event organised by the RSC

Richard Pike

Daily Mail features RSC Chief Executive's Views

22 June 2006

Dr Richard Pike expresses concerns about the erosion of British education, particularly with regard to the recent publicity over controversial multiple choice exam papers


England players in their element!

21 June 2006

The Royal Society of Chemistry has matched the England squad to elements in the periodic table, with some interesting comparisons

Impact Factor graphic

RSC Journals - the best gets better

21 June 2006

The Royal Society of Chemistry's journals have produced some big winners in the latest release of impact factors, calculated by ISI ®

The dream of the virgin

Medieval painting first shown at RSC now at National Portrait Gallery

16 June 2006

The 14th century painting 'The Dream of the Virgin' - first displayed in Chemistry Week 2003 at the RSC - has been hung at the National Gallery

Richard Pike

RSC chief executive warns over Exeter stance

15 June 2006

The Independent newspaper has published a letter from RSC chief executive Richard Pike in which he questions views expressed by the vice-chancellor of Exeter University

Virgin Mother, Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst says chemistry is exciting

08 June 2006

Damien Hirst this week sent the RSC his brief thoughts on how chemistry is projected by the profession and how it is viewed by young people


Science and communications lessons from bird flu panic

08 June 2006

Questioned by a House of Commons committee of MPs the RSC's chief executive Richard Pike criticised the way that the bird flu issue was handled

Oil Pump

Petroleum Review article says global oil reserves underestimated

31 May 2006

The journal Petroleum Review will publish an article by the RSC chief executive in which he claims that the world's oil reserves have been grossly underestimated


Jekyll and Hyde spooky? A real nightmare is a world with no chemistry!

26 May 2006

The damaging way that chemistry is depicted in horror and science fiction masks the huge health and medical benefits that the science brings daily to every individual in the UK

Pound coins

Chemistry remains central at Sussex: but more money still needed

15 May 2006

The RSC welcomes the decision of the University of Sussex to create a new Department rather than proceeding with plans to scrap its chemistry department

Students on campus

RSC chief on BBC Today and Newsnight programmes

05 May 2006

The chief executive of the RSC has called on the Government to change the funding formula for university chemistry departments

Radiation Symbol

National newspaper letters drive home chemistry importance

02 May 2006

Letters in the FT and The Times drive home messages about the importance of chemistry to future nuclear waste management and to the British economy generally

Sussex University

Chemistry reprieve at Sussex?

27 April 2006

The threatened closure of Sussex University's chemistry department might now not happen as a result of wide publicity and resultant enquiries

Charles Darwin

'Teach children evolution as fact not theory' says Dr Richard Pike

25 April 2006

Children should be taught Evolution as fact at the age of 11, says the head of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Oil Rig

RSC contributes to critical UK review of future energy sources

21 April 2006

The RSC has submitted its opinions on Britain's future energy sources to the Energy Review Team at the Department of Trade and Industry

Matthew Baker, winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry Entrepreneur of the Year award

Science entrepreneur says campus chemistry erosion will undermine UK

06 April 2006

Matthew Baker, winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry Entrepreneur of the Year award has stressed the urgency for better funding of university science

Science Health

Learned societies host seminar on future medical technology

28 March 2006

Science and health: Advancing prevention, diagnosis and treatment will consider the possible applications of new technologies and assess their potential impact on medicine


Chancellor's science teachers must be specialists

27 March 2006

The RSC was pleased to see the Chancellor presenting a budget based firmly on education


More money needed for campus chemistry RSC tells minister

27 March 2006

The RSC has told the UK's Higher Education minister that more Government money is needed to fund the country's university chemistry departments

Student wearing safety glasses

HEFCE funding award gives boost to physical sciences

23 March 2006

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) today announced more than £5m backing for two major initiatives by the learned societies responsible for promoting physics ...


Waterloo launch will blast away confusion for UK companies

21 March 2006

An RSC-backed company created with DTI funding to enhance collaboration amongst companies will be launched at Waterloo's giant Imax cinema

Sussex University

RSC protests closure of university chemistry department

10 March 2006

Sussex University to shut its Nobel Prize linked chemistry degree

Richard Pike

RSC Chief Executive makes chemical sciences point in Financial Times

10 March 2006

Richard Pike, RSC chief executive, makes a strong point in a UK national paper about the importance of chemical sciences for the environment

Brucea antdysenterica

Potent plant example of why free science access will aid African researchers

01 March 2006

Ethiopian Hareg Tadesse was in London to help launch the RSC Archives for Africa initiative

Conical flask

RSC offers developing countries free access to journals archives

28 February 2006

The RSC is the first Learned and Professional organisation to provide developing countries with free access to science journal archives

Kissing couple

Cupid's chemistry

01 February 2006

Lovers' early passions subside after about 18 months when their 'lust molecules' fade

Bill Bryson book cover

The Royal Society of Chemistry launches Bill Bryson-backed award

31 January 2006

The RSC Bill Bryson Prize is aimed at encouraging clear science communication in its widest form and open to school and sixth-form college students throughout the UK


RSC demands chemistry teachers for school chemistry

26 January 2006

Only subject specialists should teach science at UK schools, the RSC asserts today, as a new report on science and maths teaching is published

Richard Pike

Richard Pike appointed CEO of the Royal Society of Chemistry

23 January 2006

The new Chief Executive of the RSC, will bring to the organisation extensive career experience and personal interests in the chemical sciences

2005 Press Releases