Chemistry in its element

Chemistry in its element

Acesulfame potassium: Chemistry in its element

Mike Freemantle discovers a sweet solution to monitoring contaminated water

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Sildenafil: Chemistry in its element

Kat Arney takes a long, hard look at the story behind those famous little blue pills

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Tetranitromethane: Chemistry in its element

Brian Clegg introduces a failed rocket fuel oxidiser with a very tricky structure

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Polybutene: Chemistry in its element

Kit Chapman discovers the compound that blighted Nixon’s second presidential inauguration by...

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Aflatoxins: Chemistry in its element

Kat Arney investigates the cancer-causing chemicals that could be lurking in that bag of peanuts

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Citral: Chemistry in its element

Brian Clegg freshens up the podcast with a spritz of lemon scent, courtesy of neral and geranial,...

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Cinnarizine: Chemistry in its element

Neil Withers relives a choppy (and messy) sea voyage to bring us the science of anti-seasickness...

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Sodium dichromate: Chemistry in its element

Discover the compound at the heart of a multi-million dollar legal case and an Oscar–winning role...

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Coomassie brilliant blue: Chemistry in its element

Kat Arney explains how an attractive blue dye, with a name inspired by the British Empire’s...

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Phosphorus chlorides: Chemistry in its element

Brian Clegg on a hugely useful group of compounds that have a distinct dual personality – from...

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tert-Butyl Lithium: Chemistry in its element

A pyrophoric reagent that remains one of chemistry’s staples and the liquid salts that can tame...

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Alizarin: Chemistry in its element

Mike Freemantle introduces a pigment used by William Morris that also gave the Redcoats their...

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Chlorine trifluoride: Chemistry in its element

Tabitha Watson introduces a poisonous, corrosive and extremely reactive compound that will start...

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Pykrete: Chemistry in its element

A lightweight, bulletproof material made from ice and wood pulp

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Sodium polyacrylate

Kat Arney explains the unlikely link between fake snow and babies' nappies

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Indometacin: Chemistry in its element

Mike Freemantle discusses the drug that keeps his gout at bay

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Piranha solution: Chemistry in its element

When you need to get your glassware extremely clean, you need a cleaning solution with real 'bite'

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Lignin: Chemistry in its element

Wood has been vital in the development of human civilisation. Brian Clegg looks at the compound...

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Diphenylchlorarsine: Chemistry in its element

Mike Freemantle introduces a chemical weapon developed in the first world war that fortunately...

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