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Bromine: Chemistry in its element

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Chemist and author John Emsley describes the history of this dangerous and very smelly chemical

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Lazurite: Chemistry in its element

February 15th, 2019

6:57

A brilliant rich blue rock, prized in antiquity as a gemstone and a prominent pigment, lazurite is the basis of lapis lazuli, the original …

Melarsoprol: Chemistry in its element

February 8th, 2019

5:41

Cases of sleeping sickness – human African trypanosomiasis – are in decline, dropping 86% in Africa between 2000 and 2014. Gege Li explores the role …

Omega-3 fatty acids: Chemistry in its element

February 1st, 2019

5:49

Many consume cod liver oil due to 'a vague sense we should be taking them for something' – but what to the omega-3 fatty acids actually do?

Cacodyl: Chemistry in its element

January 25th, 2019

6:45

It made Robert Bunsen seriously ill, Michael Faraday thought it 'barbaric' to use in battle and even Fritz Haber – the 'father of chemical warfare' – abandoned it after a fatal accident in his lab. This week, Mike …

Bronze: Chemistry in its element

January 18th, 2019

4:43

Kit Chapman takes us back to the 1904 Olympics in St Louis, via the bronze age and ancient Greece

Ellagic acid: Chemistry in its element

January 11th, 2019

6:16

Louise Crane introduces the antioxidant that led to exaggerated claims that 'whisky helps fight cancer'

Myristicin: Chemistry in its element

December 17th, 2018

6:42

The spice that gives your Christmas eggnog its distinctive taste and aroma is also a toxic narcotic that played an important role in international …

Low-background steel: Chemistry in its element

December 7th, 2018

5:26

Post-nuclear steel is a little bit radioactive, so for some specialist jobs we need to find a source of steel from before the bomb

Tin chlorides: Chemistry in its element

November 30th, 2018

7:13

The compounds that put the 'tin' in tin cans and help you to reflect on your appearance

Propanethial-S-oxide: Chemistry in its element

November 23rd, 2018

5:49

Kat Arney’s investigation of the pungent chemical in onions is enough to bring tears to your eyes

Epoxies: Chemistry in its Element

November 16th, 2018

5:56

Epoxies – including hard-wearing resins and strong adhesives – can be found almost everywhere, from your household white goods to the Large Hadron …

Levulinic acid: Chemistry in its element

November 9th, 2018

7:10

How one footballer's climate concerns led to the creation of a green chemistry company: Mike Freemantle discovers the story of Mathieu Flamini, …

Furanocoumarins: Chemistry in its element

November 2nd, 2018

5:55

Florence Schechter discovers how a seemingly healthy grapefruit-based breakfast could disrupt your daily drugs

Phenolphthalein: Chemistry in its element

October 26th, 2018

6:17

Kat Arney gets to the bottom of the story of phenolphthalein – a chemical with two very different uses. If you've measured pH in a classroom or had …

Caryophyllene: Chemistry in its Element

October 19th, 2018

7:53

A biologically active compound from the biblical balm of Gilead, said to ‘heal the sin-sick soul’

Anatoxin-a: Chemistry in its element

October 12th, 2018

6:47

Gege Li on the compound formerly known by the no-nonsense name 'very fast death factor'

Colchicine: Chemistry in its element

October 5th, 2018

5:37

Florence Schechter introduces an ancient, but effective, treatment for painful attacks of gout

Indigo: Chemistry in its element

September 28th, 2018

7:08

What links blue jeans to ancient British warriors? Mike Freemantle discovers the blue dye with a colourful history

Pentylone: Chemistry in its element

September 21st, 2018

7:08

The latest in an alarming trend of novel psychoactive substances being mis-sold at festivals as traditional street drugs, putting users at risk

Antihistamines: Chemistry in its element

September 14th, 2018

7:12

As hayfever season comes to a close, Katrina Krämer examines antihistamines. From calming down a hyperactive immune system to increasing cognitive …

Thaumetopoein: Chemistry in its element

September 7th, 2018

6:40

Kat Arney finds out about the 'toxic caterpillar' chemical that will make your skin crawl

Ethyl iodoacetate: Chemistry in its element

August 31st, 2018

6:21

Michael Freemantle introduces a tear gas used by the British army in the first world war, picked, in part, because of our access to seaweed

Benzaldehyde: Chemistry in its element

August 24th, 2018

5:54

Brian Clegg on the almond flavour compound that gives your taste buds a treat and may help rescue survivors from a disaster

Asbestos: Chemistry in its element

August 17th, 2018

6:06

How the ‘world’s most wonderful mineral’ became one of the world’s biggest health hazards

Bilirubin: Chemistry in its element

August 10th, 2018

5:53

Kat Arney investigates the chemicals responsible for giving bruises their hue and colouring your poo

Naloxone: Chemistry in its element

August 2nd, 2018

6:44

Katrina Krämer examines the overdose antidote that has saved tens of thousands of lives

Fentanyl: Chemistry in its element

July 27th, 2018

6:30

A 1960s breakthrough in pain relief that now fuels the opioid crisis

Lanolin: Chemistry in its element

July 20th, 2018

6:00

How a waxy mixture from a sheep's fleece helped create a global fashion brand

Cannabidiol: Chemistry in its element

July 13th, 2018

6:42

Ben Valsler with the story of Charlotte Figi, Dravet syndrome and the cannabis compound controlling her condition.

Potassium sulfide: Chemistry in its element

July 5th, 2018

5:48

Brian Clegg on a compound that keeps us well fed and looking radiant

Warfarin: Chemistry in its element

June 28th, 2018

7:22

Katrina Krämer asks if an essential blood-thinning medicine ended Joseph Stalin’s 30-year rule over the Soviet Union

Kerosene: Chemistry in its element

June 21st, 2018

6:30

Discover bat-borne-bombs and a classic chemistry textbook, as Mike Freemantle examines the history of kerosene

Iron sulfides: Chemistry in its element

June 14th, 2018

6:46

One mineral form may look like gold, but Brian Clegg isn't fooled by the value of iron sulfides

Spidroin: Chemistry in its Element

June 7th, 2018

6:20

From tacky Hallowe’en decorations to the stuff of an arachnophobe’s nightmares, spiders don’t have the greatest reputation. But, as Kat Arney is here to prove, there’s fascinating chemistry at work in their webs.

Piperine: Chemistry in its element

May 31st, 2018

5:33

Jamie Durrani on the compound that gives pepper its characteristic kick

Potassium bitartrate: Chemistry in its element

May 24th, 2018

6:00

Brian Clegg with the winemaking byproduct that may be lurking in your larder

Twistacenes: Chemistry in its element

May 17th, 2018

5:23

Kat Arney discovers the strange things that happen when organic compounds go round the twist

Calcium hypochlorite: Chemistry in its element

May 10th, 2018

6:39

A component of 'trench atmosphere' and ‘the most powerful antiseptic known’, Mike Freemantle explores calcium hydroxide and the birth of a chemical …

Indium tin oxide: Chemistry in its element

May 3rd, 2018

5:09

Swipe, tap, pinch, poke and prod – Neil Withers gets hands on with touchscreen material indium tin oxide, ITO

BaZnGa: Chemistry in its element

April 26th, 2018

4:56

Science imitates art imitating science, as sitcom The big bang theory inspires the creation of a new compound

Triamcinolone: Chemistry in its element

April 20th, 2018

5:51

Concluding our pair of podcasts on a recent cycling scandal, Ben Valsler looks at the steroid triamcinolone

Acetylcysteine: Chemistry in its element

April 12th, 2018

5:35

Acetylcysteine is a versatile drug, helping manage lung conditions and treat paracetamol overdose. But, as Ben Valsler discovers, it has found itself …

Curare and ouabain: Chemistry in its element

April 6th, 2018

6:21

Jamie Durrani presents a pair of plant-based poisons

Gutta percha: Chemistry in its element

March 29th, 2018

5:51

Kat Arney wraps herself around the tree sap that saved transatlantic telecommunications

Maitotoxin: Chemistry in its element

March 9th, 2018

7:26

A giant marine toxin with a total synthesis story to tell

Astaxanthin: Chemistry in its element

March 2nd, 2018

5:36

Colourful crustaceans and the story of a ubiquitous biological pigment

Melanin: Chemistry in its element

February 21st, 2018

6:29

Kat Arney investigates the biological pigment that links sun tanning, squid ink and browning bananas

Oganesson: Chemistry in its element

February 15th, 2018

6:50

We speak to Yuri Oganessian about the element that bears his name

Tennessine: Chemistry in its element

February 14th, 2018

6:00

Three Tennessee institutions contributed to the discovery of element 117, now fittingly named tennessine

Livermorium: Chemistry in its element

February 13th, 2018

5:58

Meet the Mayor of Livermore, California, and discover how his city has been immortalised on the periodic table

Moscovium: Chemistry in its element

February 12th, 2018

5:21

The US-Russian collaborative superheavy element 'factory' strikes again, but only 100 atoms of element 115 have ever been observed

Flerovium: Chemistry in its element

February 8th, 2018

6:54

How 'hot fusion' research saw an end to cold war tensions

Nihonium: Chemistry in its element

February 8th, 2018

8:18

We catch up with the changes in the periodic table. This time, Kit Chapman discovers the element that realised a Japanese national dream

Strontium aluminate: Chemistry in its element

February 1st, 2018

6:48

Brian Clegg illuminates a glow-in-the-dark compound that defies naming conventions

Topaz: Chemistry in its element

January 26th, 2018

5:51

Mike Freemantle brings us a sparkling mineral and a tale of derring-do on the high seas

Methaemoglobin and diaphorase 1: Chemistry in its element

January 19th, 2018

6:38

Kat Arney discovers the biological chemistry behind a colourful blood disorder

Fructose: Chemistry in its element

December 21st, 2017

5:55

Super-sweet and packed with preserving power, Mike Freemantle discovers that fructose can help keep things fresh long after the sell-by date

TEMPO – (2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidin-1-yl)oxyl: Chemistry in its element

December 15th, 2017

9:57

Katrina Krämer speaks to organic chemist Daniel Allwood about a multi-talented molecule that proves that not all radicals live up to their name

Aluminium chloride: Chemistry in its element

December 7th, 2017

6:23

Brian Clegg becomes a sleuth to investigate the uses of a deceptively simple Lewis acid

Acesulfame potassium: Chemistry in its element

November 30th, 2017

6:19

Mike Freemantle discovers a sweet solution to monitoring contaminated water

Sildenafil: Chemistry in its element

November 23rd, 2017

5:55

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

Tetranitromethane: Chemistry in its element

November 16th, 2017

6:27

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

Polybutene: Chemistry in its element

November 9th, 2017

5:10

Kit Chapman discovers the compound that blighted Nixon’s second presidential inauguration by littering the route with dead pigeons

Aflatoxins: Chemistry in its element

November 2nd, 2017

6:02

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

Citral: Chemistry in its element

October 27th, 2017

6:14

Brian Clegg freshens up the podcast with a spritz of lemon scent, courtesy of neral and geranial, collectively known as citral

Neoprene: Chemistry in its element

October 20th, 2017

6:25

Cinnarizine: Chemistry in its element

October 12th, 2017

4:26

Neil Withers relives a choppy (and messy) sea voyage to bring us the science of anti-seasickness drug cinnarizine, known in the UK as stugeron

Sodium dichromate: Chemistry in its element

October 6th, 2017

6:31

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

Coomassie brilliant blue: Chemistry in its element

September 29th, 2017

5:50

Kat Arney explains how an attractive blue dye, with a name inspired by the British Empire’s military exploits, became the basis of a fundamental lab technique

Phosphorus chlorides: Chemistry in its element

September 22nd, 2017

7:38

Brian Clegg on a hugely useful group of compounds that have a distinct dual personality – from household products to chemical weapons

tert-Butyl Lithium: Chemistry in its element

September 13th, 2017

10:12

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

Alizarin: Chemistry in its element

September 7th, 2017

6:04

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

Chlorine trifluoride: Chemistry in its element

August 31st, 2017

5:47

Tabitha Watson introduces a poisonous, corrosive and extremely reactive compound that will start 'roaring reactions' with almost anything

Pykrete: Chemistry in its element

August 23rd, 2017

5:29

A lightweight, bulletproof material made from ice and wood pulp

Sodium polyacrylate: Chemistry in its Element

August 16th, 2017

5:08

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

Indometacin: Chemistry in its element

August 10th, 2017

6:39

Mike Freemantle discusses the drug that keeps his gout at bay

Piranha solution: Chemistry in its element

August 4th, 2017

8:05

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

Lignin: Chemistry in its element

July 27th, 2017

7:03

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

Diphenylchlorarsine: Chemistry in its element

July 21st, 2017

6:57

Mike Freemantle introduces a chemical weapon developed in the first world war that fortunately failed to live up to its terrible potential

Aqua regia: Chemistry in its element

July 13th, 2017

5:53

Tabitha Watson introduces the most aristocratic of acids: Aqua regia

Chymosin: Chemistry in its element

July 6th, 2017

6:41

The enzyme that helps us turn milk into cheese is also responsible for the biggest commercial success story of any genetically modified organism

Casein: Chemistry in its element

June 28th, 2017

6:12

One of the most popular plastics of the early 20th century was accidentally invented by a cat, as Kat Arney finds out

Gallium nitride: Chemistry in its element

June 22nd, 2017

6:52

Despite early setbacks, this conducting crystal shows great promise across a wide range of electronics

Caesium chloride: Chemistry in its element

June 14th, 2017

6:25

Caesium chloride is packs a lot of radioactivity into a small volume, making it ideal for treatments where the radioactive material needs to be …

Rotaxanes: Chemistry in its element

June 7th, 2017

8:44

Katrina Kramer speaks with  Manchester University researcher David Leigh about compounds that resemble machine parts and could pave the way for …

Fibrin and fibrinogen: Chemistry in its element

May 31st, 2017

5:46

From scabby knees to life-threatening strokes, this important protein is the fundamental link in the complex molecular chain that forms blood clots.

Propylene glycol: Chemistry in its element

May 24th, 2017

5:00

When a batch of cinnamon whiskey meant for the American market made its way to Europe, it highlighted starkly different regulations controlling how …

Butanone: Chemistry in its element

May 17th, 2017

5:45

If you’ve ever built plastic scale models of aeroplanes or spacecraft, you’ll be familiar with the sharp, sweet smell of butanone

Propranolol hydrochloride: Chemistry in its element

May 12th, 2017

5:59

Rowena Fletcher-Wood discovers how to stave off stage fright, with a simple compound that revolutionised drug development

Anthocyanins: Chemistry in its element

May 5th, 2017

6:52

Michael Freemantle explores the pigments responsible for the rich colours of autumn foliage: ‘the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves’.

MOFs – Metal–organic frameworks: Chemistry in its element

April 27th, 2017

9:59

Katrina Krämer examines these extremely versatile materials and speaks to MOF pioneer Omar Yaghi

Ragwort alkaloids: Chemistry in its element

April 19th, 2017

6:32

Pyrrolizidine alkaloids from Ragworts and other plants are popular with pollinators but a potent poison to wildlife and livestock, as Mike Freemantle …

Phosphine: Chemistry in its element

April 13th, 2017

4:49

Kit Chapman on the compound that could be the chemical cause of mysterious lights in the night: Phosphines 

Urushiol: Chemistry in its element

April 5th, 2017

5:21

Kat Arney introduces a two-faced tree sap that can cause nasty rashes or be made into beautiful Japanese furniture

Mercuric chloride: Chemistry in its element

March 31st, 2017

6:30

Through an early ointment for spots through a medicine for syphilitic Victorians, Michael Freemantle traces the history of highly toxic mercuric chloride

Nepetalactone: Chemistry in its element

March 22nd, 2017

5:28

The catnip compound that felines go crazy for could have exciting uses for humans, too, as Kat Arney finds out

Spermine and spermidine: Chemistry in its element

March 15th, 2017

8:31

Kiki Sanford explores how polyamines found in semen could be related to a long and healthy life

Mustine: Chemistry in its element

March 8th, 2017

6:59

Michael Freemantle on chemical weapons and the birth of cancer chemotherapy

CiiE: Molybdenum disulphide

March 1st, 2017

7:14

Forming layers just three atoms deep, molybdenum disulfide shows potential in filtration, flexible screens and minuscule transistors

Arsenic trioxide: Chemistry in its element

February 22nd, 2017

5:09

Kit Chapman explains how a 'daft' pharmacy mix up led to a series of poisonings in Victorian Britain

Darcin: Chemistry in its element

February 15th, 2017

6:02

Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy lends his name to a pheromone that lets mice feel the love, as Kat Arney discovers

Porphyrins: Chemistry in its element

February 8th, 2017

6:17

Brian Clegg examines the colourful compounds that no red-blooded creature can do without: Porphyrins

Solvated electrons: Chemistry in its element

February 2nd, 2017

8:13

Blue flashes and metallic water are just some of the tricks the smallest possible anion has up its sleeve

Adamantane: Chemistry in its element

January 26th, 2017

6:47

Brian Clegg introduces a crystalline hydrocarbon that isn't as tough as it sounds, but is the basis of a wide range of medicines

Pancuronium bromide: Chemistry in its element

January 19th, 2017

6:40

On-demand muscle paralysis revolutionised surgery. Katrina Krämer explores one of the key muscle relaxants used in medical procedures: Pancuronium …

TCDD or dioxin: Chemistry in its element

January 11th, 2017

5:31

The Seveso accident saw an accidental release of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), commonly known as dioxin. Matt Gunther tells the tragic story.

Orlistat: Chemistry in its element

January 4th, 2017

4:21

With thoughts turning to our festively-expanded waistlines, Kit Chapman looks at a poster child in the battle against obesity

Eugenol: Chemistry in its element

December 21st, 2016

5:15

Eugenol, the smell most associated with cloves, may be one of the defining smells of Christmas, but it also leads a double life as fish anaesthetic …

Diborane: Chemistry in its element

December 14th, 2016

4:42

This week, Neil Withers examines a compound with the 'wrong' number of bonds: Diborane

Diazepam: Chemistry in its element

December 7th, 2016

4:55

Jamie Durrani introduces one of the biggest selling pharmaceuticals in history, the 'mother's little helper': Diazepam

Swainsonine: Chemistry in its element

November 30th, 2016

6:00

Katrina Krämer investigates the sad case of Christopher McCandless, who some believe consumed the poison swainsonine in the Alaskan wilderness

Bromodeoxyuridine: Chemistry in its element

November 23rd, 2016

5:27

Kat Arney introduces bromodeoxyuridine, or BrdU, a nucleoside that revolutionised our ability to watch cells grow and divide

Benzoyl peroxide: Chemistry in its element

November 16th, 2016

3:51

The whitest smile, the blondest blonde, the clearest complexion – all from one essential compound. Fernando Gomollón-Bel introduces benzoyl peroxide

Butyric acid: Chemistry in its element

November 9th, 2016

6:13

Louise Crane reveals the compound that gives American chocolate and wet dogs their distinct aroma

Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP): Chemistry in its element

November 2nd, 2016

6:10

Kat Arney explains how a protein that repairs broken DNA holds the key to killing cancer cells – but only if you stop it from doing its job

Neodymium chloride: Chemistry in its element

October 26th, 2016

5:26

From medicine to the military, this compound makes lasers for a range of applications. Brian Clegg discovers neodymium chloride

Gabapentin: Chemistry in its element

October 19th, 2016

6:25

Louise Crane documents the rise and fall of gabapentin – from ‘wonder drug’ to illicit substance in just 50 years

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET): Chemistry in its element

October 12th, 2016

6:10

The story of one of the most ubiquitous artificial compounds

BINAP: Chemistry in its element

October 6th, 2016

6:41

Katrina Kramer introduces the Nobel prize-winning ligand that will give you just the hand you need: BINAP or 2,2'-bis(diphenylphosphino)-1,1'-binaphthyl

Fluorouracil: Chemistry in its element

September 28th, 2016

6:34

 A substitute for one of the bases in DNA that can cause the death of cancer cells

Quaternary ammonium salts: Chemistry in its element

September 21st, 2016

5:18

Brian Clegg introduces a family of molecules that first gave fluffy softness to freshly washed clothes

Ergotamine: Chemistry in its element

September 14th, 2016

6:15

Ben Valsler finds out why writing Alice’s adventures in Wonderland was such a headache for Lewis Carroll

Spinel: Chemistry in its element

September 7th, 2016

5:14

Find out about the Black Prince’s ruby, which is no ruby at all

Aconitine: Chemistry in its element

August 31st, 2016

5:53

This powerful poison is said to have the power to transform werewolves and heal snake bites. Brian Clegg unpicks fiction from fact

Raspberry ketone: Chemistry in its element

August 24th, 2016

8:44

Is there really a simple, fruity route to weight loss?

Statins: Chemistry in its element

August 17th, 2016

6:24

Brian Clegg gets to the heart of the matter on the benefits or otherwise of one of the most commonly prescribed drugs

Ghrelin: Chemistry in its element

August 10th, 2016

6:01

Is there a single hormone that causes hunger, and is this it?

Prodiginines: Chemistry in its element

August 3rd, 2016

7:48

When the communion bread starts secreting blood, could this be the cause?

Taurine: Chemistry in its element

July 26th, 2016

5:40

Kat Arney tells us about the active ingredient in energy drinks

Picric acid: Chemistry in its element

July 20th, 2016

6:58

A yellow dress, of the type worn by Jane Austen, sets Michael Freemantle exploring the chemistry of picric acid

Spilanthol: Chemistry in its element

July 14th, 2016

5:38

It's the active molecule in the plant known as electric daisies or the toothache plant but it might also make your skin smoother

Thiomersal: Chemistry in its element

July 6th, 2016

5:39

Kat Arney introduces the organomercury preservative associated with the current controversy around vaccines

Ammonium carbonate: Chemistry in its element

June 29th, 2016

6:52

Ever taken a whiff of smelling salts? For many years, the compound that contributed the pungent pong was ammonium carbonate

Asafoetida: Chemistry in its element

June 22nd, 2016

6:52

With a name that literally means rotten resin, asafoetida is a surprising food additive and deodorant

Methyl isocyanate: Chemistry in its element

June 15th, 2016

7:30

The 1984 accident at Bhopal, India, was the worst in the history of industrial chemistry. It involved a leak of methyl isocyanate

Shikimic acid: Chemistry in its element

June 8th, 2016

6:07

Kat Arney introduces a biologically ubiquitous compound, important in beating both infectious viruses and invasive weeds

Sucrose: Chemistry in its element

May 31st, 2016

6:09

The tastiest food additive there is, or the greatest threat to life in the western world?

Cordite: Chemistry in its element

May 25th, 2016

6:00

The Battle of Jutland was fought 100 years ago next week, on May 31st, 1916. A critical role was played by cordite

Coumarin: Chemistry in its element

May 18th, 2016

6:21

Michael Freemantle takes a stroll through 'Jane Austen country' to discover this week's compound: Coumarin

Tetraethyl lead: Chemistry in its element

May 11th, 2016

6:14

For decades, automobile fuel had a dangerous additive: Tetraethyl lead. Matt Gunther explains why a toxic compound was added to our fuel

Haloperidol: Chemistry in its element

May 4th, 2016

7:16

It failed as a painkiller, but Haldol rapidly became an essential medicine for schizophrenia. Raychelle Burks explains more

Cadmium telluride: Chemistry in its element

April 27th, 2016

7:11

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

Hydrazine: Chemistry in its element

April 20th, 2016

6:36

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

Acrylamide: Chemistry in its element

April 13th, 2016

6:05

Does burnt toast cause cancer? Martha Henriques explores this complex question

Uranium dioxide: Chemistry in its element

April 6th, 2016

6:48

This week's compound has had a glowing career in the arts and a runaway success in the energy sector

Mauveine: Chemistry in its element

March 30th, 2016

7:44

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

Citronellol: Chemistry in its element

March 23rd, 2016

5:37

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

Fluorescein: Chemistry in its element

March 16th, 2016

5:22

Kat Arney discovers the compound that first coloured the Chicago river green for St Patrick's Day

Sodium hypochlorite: Chemistry in its element

March 9th, 2016

6:48

What do hygienic work surfaces have in common with 19th century French violins? Brian Clegg finds out.

Brominated vegetable oil: Chemistry in its element

March 2nd, 2016

7:17

Too much cola can mess with your brain. The effects of excess brominated vegetable oil explained

Oseltamivir : Chemistry in its element

February 24th, 2016

6:19

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

Flibanserin: Chemistry in its element

February 17th, 2016

6:09

Flibanserin was touted to be the female Viagra. Martha Henriques explains why it failed to live up to the hype.

Acrolein: Chemistry in its element

February 9th, 2016

7:19

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

Cedrol: Chemistry in its element

February 3rd, 2016

5:23

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

Ethidium bromide: Chemistry in its element

January 27th, 2016

5:13

Kat Arney shines a light on the fluorescent DNA marker

Calcium carbide: Chemistry in its element

January 19th, 2016

7:28

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

Ectoparasiticides: Chemistry in its element

January 13th, 2016

6:12

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

Taq Polymerase: Chemistry in its element

December 16th, 2015

5:10

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

Ubiquitin: Chemistry in its element

December 9th, 2015

8:46

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

Diethyl ether: Chemistry in its element

December 2nd, 2015

6:41

Michael Freemantle awakens us to the history of diethyl ether

Manganese dioxide: Chemistry in its element

November 25th, 2015

6:32

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)<sub>2</sub>: Chemistry in its element

November 18th, 2015

6:06

Michael Freemantle examines the explosive history and chemistry of mercury fulminate

Zirconium tungstate: Chemistry in its element

November 11th, 2015

4:22

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

Toluene: Chemistry in its element

November 4th, 2015

5:47

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

Guncotton or nitrocellulose: Chemistry in its element

October 28th, 2015

6:02

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

Thiamine or vitamin B: Chemistry in its element

October 22nd, 2015

6:44

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

Cephalosporins: Chemistry in its element

October 15th, 2015

6:21

A story which starts knee-deep in sewage and ends with the spread of drug resistant infections like MRSA

Lewisite: Chemistry in its element

October 7th, 2015

6:27

Wouldn't it be great to have a molecule named after you? But perhaps not this week's compound, the chemical weapon lewisite

Xenon hexafluoroplatinate: Chemistry in its element

September 30th, 2015

5:53

Hayley Birch discovers the compound that opened up a wing of the periodic table for reactions: Xenon hexafluoroplatinate

Sodium azide: Chemistry in its element

September 23rd, 2015

6:43

Raychelle Burks finds out how Potbelly's patrons became poisoning patients, in the mystery of the sodium azide-laced iced tea

Gelsemine : Chemistry in its element

September 21st, 2015

6:26

In this week's podcast, Matt Gunther reveals the toxic history of gelsemine

Methyl salicylate: Chemistry in its element

September 15th, 2015

5:05

In this week's podcast, Raychelle Burks tells us of the cool but warming effects of methyl salicylate, better known as oil of wintergreen.

Antimony sulfide: Chemistry in its element

September 2nd, 2015

5:33

It's at the heart of the first chemical equation, and makes Hayley Birch think of quiche. This week's compound is antimony sulfide

Isoprene : Chemistry in its element

August 26th, 2015

7:06

Why do the Blue Ridged Mountains inspire so many songs? Maybe it's because of the Isoprene that gives them their blue hue...

Gluten : Chemistry in its element

August 19th, 2015

4:27

Emilie Steinmark tells us about gluten and gluten intolerance

2,4-Dinitrophenol: Chemistry in its element

August 12th, 2015

7:10

Simon Cotton explains the explosive history and the dangers to health of the weight-loss drug, 2,4-dinitrophenol

Vanadium Oxides: Chemistry in its element

August 5th, 2015

6:13

Brian Clegg introduces an exotic chemical dynasty: the Vanadium oxides

Adrenaline: Chemistry in its element

July 29th, 2015

6:38

Simon Cotton on the compound that turns a shrinking violet into a hero: Adrenaline

Polydimethylsiloxane: Chemistry in its element

July 22nd, 2015

6:12

Brian Clegg tells us about a silicone gel, which can sometimes be a bit silly

Carminic acid: Chemistry in its element

July 17th, 2015

5:58

Raychelle Burks introduces a red dye with a prickly history.

Citric acid: Chemistry in its element

July 8th, 2015

5:19

If life hands you lemons, make lemonade – or you could make citric acid, a very useful commodity chemical according to Andrew Turley

Sodium sulfate: Chemistry in its element

July 1st, 2015

5:40

Brian Clegg on sodium sulfate, known as 'the miraculous salt' because of its strong laxative effects.

Methanol: Chemistry in its element

June 24th, 2015

5:45

Tempted by a tipple of home-brewed moonshine? Andrew Turley examines the risks associated with drinking methanol.

Cortisol & Hydrocortisone: Chemistry in its element

June 16th, 2015

5:52

Brian Clegg investigates a compound that calms inflamed joints and excites the stressed brain: Cortisol

Parabens: Chemistry in its element

June 10th, 2015

6:19

Ben Valsler examines the chemicals at the heart of one of the latest cosmetic & food additive scare stories: Parabens

Phosgene: Chemistry in its element

June 3rd, 2015

6:10

Matt Gunther investigates a clear, colourless gas responsible for thousands of deaths in the Great War: Phosgene

Calcium hydroxide: Chemistry in its element

May 27th, 2015

6:16

It rendered walls of pyramids and helps remove unwanted hair - Brian Clegg introduces a compound with many names - Calcium hydroxide

Nacre: Chemistry in its element

May 20th, 2015

5:24

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

Hyaluronic acid: Chemistry in its element

May 13th, 2015

6:19

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

Mussel adhesive proteins: Chemistry in its element

May 6th, 2015

5:25

How do mussels stick tight and weather the constant ocean waves? Helen Scales discovers mussel adhesive proteins

Acetylene: Chemistry in its element

April 29th, 2015

6:36

Brian Clegg introduces a compound steeped in faded Victorian glamour – acetylene

CS gas: Chemistry in its element

April 22nd, 2015

6:14

Simon Cotton examines a compound banned in warfare but still used by police to disperse crowds: CS gas

Goethite: Chemistry in its element

April 16th, 2015

5:15

It's the strongest known biological material and one of the earliest pigments - Helen Scales discovers goethite

Niacin: Chemistry in its element

April 8th, 2015

6:30

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

Octane: Chemistry in its element

April 1st, 2015

7:16

Start your engines! Simon Cotton looks into one of the few chemical names known well to the public: Octane

Fluorides: Chemistry in its element

March 25th, 2015

7:03

Sensible approach to dental rot or sinister communist plot? Brian Clegg examines the much-maligned fluorides

Prozac: Chemistry in its element

March 18th, 2015

6:51

Simon Cotton introduces the first of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants: Prozac

Sodium thiopental: Chemistry in its element

March 11th, 2015

6:06

Once thought to extract the truth and now used to enact the ultimate punishment, this week's compound is sodium thiopental

Barbituric acid: Chemistry in its element

March 4th, 2015

8:16

It may have been largely superceded in the clinic but Phil Robinson discovers there is no rest yet for barbituric acid

RNA: Chemistry in its element

February 25th, 2015

5:03

RNA may be less famous than it's more stable cousin, but is central to cellular function

Hydrofluoric acid : Chemistry in its element

February 18th, 2015

5:34

Breaking Bad may have exaggerated its body-dissolving effects, but Katrina Krämer finds the truth about hydrofluoric acid is just as gruesome

Borax: Chemistry in its element

February 11th, 2015

5:30

From lemon-fresh detergent to home made silly putty, Jenna Bilbrey expounds the virtues of borax

PEDOT: Chemistry in its element

February 4th, 2015

6:08

Brian Clegg introduces the 'ogres' that make up transparent electronics

Grubbs catalyst: Chemistry in its element

January 28th, 2015

4:11

Nina Notman describes the dance of olefin metathesis, and how the tempo is set by Grubbs' catalysts

Titanium nitride: Chemistry in its element

January 21st, 2015

5:24

Brian Clegg explains how titanium nitride could protect artificial joints and pimp out your ride

Tungsten carbide: Chemistry in its element

January 14th, 2015

5:33

Matt Gunther introduces the alloy that links armour-piercing bullets and ball point pens: Tungsten carbide

Paraquat: Chemistry in its element

January 7th, 2015

6:36

Brian Clegg introduces a weedkiller whose name has entered public consciousness – Paraquat

Frankincense and myrrh: Chemistry in its element

December 24th, 2014

In this seasonal podcast, we look at the compounds found in frankincense and myrrh

Isoniazid: Chemistry in its element

December 17th, 2014

5:05

Nina Notman introduces isoniazid - an antibiotic key to treating tuberculosis

Aspartame: Chemistry in its element

December 10th, 2014

5:48

Could this be the sweetener that causes the most online panic?

Cannabicyclohexanol: Chemistry in its element

December 3rd, 2014

5:04

Used to make synthetic cannabis, cannabicyclohexanol may be more risky than its non-synthetic counterpart

Tramadol: Chemistry in its element

November 26th, 2014

6:01

Simon Cotton introduces the painkiller tramadol – could this be the next banned drug in competitive cycling?

Insulin: Chemistry in its element

November 19th, 2014

A protein with an impressive roster of 'firsts': Anna Lewcock introduces insulin

Psilocybin & Mescaline: Chemistry in its element

November 12th, 2014

Simon Cotton explores our hallucinogenic horizons with psilocybin and mescaline

Selenium dioxide: Chemistry in its element

November 5th, 2014

5:34

It smells of 'rotting horseradish' but gives glass a magnificent red colour – Brian Clegg shines a light on selenium dioxide

Human growth hormone: Chemistry in its element

October 29th, 2014

5:27

Marketed as a path to eternal youth but banned in professional sports, Hayley Simon introduces human growth hormone

Magnesium chloride: Chemistry in its element

October 23rd, 2014

5:36

It may have no common name, but as Brian Clegg explains, magnesium chloride has many common uses

Acetone peroxide: Chemistry in its element

October 15th, 2014

4:48

Simon Cotton takes us back to a dark day in UK history, to highlight a terrible use of acetone peroxide

MDMA: Chemistry in its element

October 9th, 2014

5:46

The drug that fuelled rave culture may yet be a treatment for PTSD. Hayley Simon introduces MDMA

Ethane: Chemistry in its element

October 2nd, 2014

5:10

Why would a simple molecule used to produce plastics excite astronomers? Brian Clegg introduces ethane

Tantalum pentoxide: Chemistry in its element

September 24th, 2014

6:28

Lars Öhrström explains how tantalum(V)oxide banished 'the brick' and allows your mobile phone to fit in your pocket

Sodium alginate: Chemistry in its element

September 17th, 2014

6:00

When Brian Clegg's acid reflux strikes, he knows he can rely on help from this compound: Sodium alginate

Trimethylamine: Chemistry in its element

September 10th, 2014

It reeks of rotting fish but finds use in a range of applications - Jenna Bilbrey introduces trimethylamine

Phenol: Chemistry in its element

September 3rd, 2014

6:07

Phenol, that mainstay of the chemical industry, was a familiar smell around the house in soap. Brian Clegg reveals all

Glycerol: Chemistry in its element

August 27th, 2014

5:49

Simon Cotton describes one of his favourite school chemistry experiments, involving this week's compound: Glycerol

Osmium tetraoxide: Chemistry in its element

August 20th, 2014

6:51

It's highly toxic but essential for studying detailed structures of cells. Brian Clegg introduces osmium tetraoxide

Magnesium oxide: Chemistry in its element

August 13th, 2014

5:20

You may have created it in a fiery flash or taken it to soothe a burning stomach. Simon Cotton on magnesium oxide

Antifreeze glycoproteins: Chemistry in its element

August 6th, 2014

5:58

Why don't fish freeze in sub-zero seas? Helen Scales introduces the compounds that protect them - antifreeze glycoproteins

Isoamyl acetate: Chemistry in its element

July 30th, 2014

5:39

It makes a sweet banana-flavoured treat, but can ruin home brewed beer; Jenna Bilbrey introduces isoamyl acetate

Bisphenol A: Chemistry in its element

July 23rd, 2014

5:32

The science is far from settled, but this week's compound – bisphenol A – is facing bans across the world

Tributyltin: Chemistry in its element

July 16th, 2014

5:24

Helen Scales investigates tributyltin, banned from use as anti-fouling paint for causing 'imposex' in marine life

Desomorphine: Chemistry in its element

July 9th, 2014

5:20

From potential painkiller to kitchen-cooked heroin replacement, Nate Adams tracks the history of desomorphine

Squalene: Chemistry in its element

July 2nd, 2014

5:00

It helps keep sharks afloat, but may be partly responsible for their declining numbers: Helen Scales introduces squalene

Albumin: Chemistry in its element

June 25th, 2014

5:10

Nathan Adams introduces a confusingly-named protein that's essential for keeping blood flowing: Albumin

Vermilion: Chemistry in its element

June 18th, 2014

5:57

Neil Withers finds out how vermilion has been keeping human civilisation looking bright and beautifully red for centuries

Pyridine: Chemistry in its element

June 11th, 2014

6:04

Brian Clegg holds his nose to examine one of the real workhorses of the organic chemistry lab: Pyridine

Cytochrome P450: Chemistry in its element

June 4th, 2014

5:23

Nathan Adams investigates some of the most important molecular machines within our cells, the cytochrome p450 enzymes

Ammonium dichromate: Chemistry in its element

May 28th, 2014

6:49

Brian Clegg reminisces about indoor fireworks and Vesuvian fire with this week's compound: Ammonium dichromate

Melatonin: Chemistry in its element

May 22nd, 2014

4:22

Meet melatonin, the 'Dracula of hormones', essential in regulating the body's natural circadian rhythm

Naphthalene: Chemistry in its element

May 14th, 2014

6:17

Once a fusty way of keeping moths out of clothes, Brian Clegg explains how naphthalene may have helped bring life to Earth

Diphenyl oxalate: Chemistry in its element

May 7th, 2014

5:07

Nature has a range of ways to create bioluminescence. Not to be outdone, chemists create their own glow with diphenyl oxalate.

Tannins: Chemistry in its element

April 30th, 2014

6:13

They are the compounds that link leather trousers to a nice cup of tea - Brian Clegg introduces tannins

Prolactin: Chemistry in its element

April 23rd, 2014

4:46

Anna Lewcock finds out how pigeons played a major role in discovering an important pituitary hormone, prolactin

Luminol: Chemistry in its element

April 16th, 2014

5:32

Amongst the fictional forensic equipment shown on television, Brian Clegg notices one distinctly non-fiction stalwart: Luminol

Dichloromethane: Chemistry in its element

April 9th, 2014

5:30

It smells sweet, is potentially lethal and organic chemists rely on it: Emily James on dichloromethane

Dibromoindigo: Chemistry in its element

April 2nd, 2014

5:41

Purple was once a colour only royalty could afford to wear. Hayley Birch investigates tyrian purple, or dibromoindigo, the original purple dye

Batrachotoxin: Chemistry in its element

March 26th, 2014

5:44

Stephen Wallace introduces batrachotoxin, a deadly toxin that comes from a beautiful little frog

Helium hydride: Chemistry in its element

March 19th, 2014

6:37

Brian Clegg introduces the first compound to ever exist - helium hydride

Streptomycin: Chemistry in its element

March 12th, 2014

7:14

Simon Cotton introduces the first antibiotic known to kill TB: Streptomycin

Alum: Chemistry in its element

March 5th, 2014

6:10

Lars Öhrström delves into the history of alum, a compound linked to some of Europe's most infamous families

Hirudin: Chemistry in its element

February 26th, 2014

5:20

Helen Scales investigates hirudin, a powerful anticoagulant found in leech saliva

Ketamine: Chemistry in its element

February 19th, 2014

5:40

Simon Cotton explores a dance-scene drug that was designed for horses, ketamine

Ethene: Chemistry in its element

February 12th, 2014

5:46

Hayley Birch discovers the compound that links explosive anaesthetics, plastics and ripe bananas: Ethene

Lactose: Chemistry in its element

February 5th, 2014

6:16

Lactose intolerance leads to unpleasant and antisocial symptoms. Lars Öhrström finds out why

Tetrahydrogestrinone: Chemistry in its element

January 29th, 2014

7:13

Simon Cotton investigates tetrahydrogestrinone (THG), a designer steroid that sparked a sporting scandal

Acetaldehyde: Chemistry in its element

January 22nd, 2014

6:28

Brian Clegg meets a simple organic compound with a reputation for being something of a bruiser

Paracetamol: Chemistry in its element

January 15th, 2014

6:07

Simon Cotton looks back at the history of one of our favourite painkillers, paracetamol

Conotoxins: Chemistry in its element

January 8th, 2014

5:05

Helen Scales finds out how unique toxins found in deadly cone snail stings could herald the next generation of painkillers

Boron nitride: Chemistry in its element

December 17th, 2013

7:22

Brian Clegg explains how the versatile compound boron nitride may be 'the best kept secret in all of chemistry'

Glyphosate: Chemistry in its element

December 11th, 2013

5:47

A popular way to weed out unwanted pest plants, Jen Newton introduces Glyphosate

Guaiacol: Chemistry in its element

December 4th, 2013

5:10

This week, Ben Valsler investigates the smoky compound that links whisky, kippers, bacon, hot dogs, coffee, creosote and cough syrup

Hexenal: Chemistry in its element

November 27th, 2013

6:56

For many, it's the smell of spring and summer. But hexenal - responsible for the aroma of freshly cut grass - makes Simon Cotton think of cricket.

Potassium bromide: Chemistry in its element

November 20th, 2013

6:36

Did chemistry help control tension in the trenches? Brian Clegg investigates potassium bromide

Napalm: Chemistry in its element

November 13th, 2013

5:39

A devastating weapon indelibly associated with Apocalypse Now and the Vietnam war, Simon Cotton introduces Napalm

Tamoxifen: Chemistry in its element

November 6th, 2013

4:21

Tamoxifen can treat and prevent one type of breast cancer, without the side effects of chemotherapy. Andrew Holding explains more

Phenylthiocarbamide: Chemistry in its element

October 30th, 2013

5:23

By tasting fantastically bitter, but only to some, phenylthiocarbamide (or PTC) exposed the genetics of taste

Nitinol: Chemistry in its element

October 23rd, 2013

4:49

Sitting on your glasses is no longer a death sentence for spectacles, thanks to shape memory alloys like nitinol

Titin: Chemistry in its element

October 16th, 2013

3:42

It's a massive molecular record breaker. Andrew Holding introduces Titin, the largest protein in the human body

Spanish fly: Chemistry in its element

October 10th, 2013

5:33

Helen Scales looks at cantharidin, the active ingredient in this famous aphrodisiac

Serotonin: Chemistry in its element

October 2nd, 2013

5:52

Serotonin, the 'happy molecule', may be at the root of depression, but Hayley Birch finds we still have a lot to learn

Thujone: Chemistry in its element

September 25th, 2013

8:08

Wrongly blamed for murders and hallucinations, Simon Cotton raises a glass of absinthe to this week's compound: Thujone

Ambergris: Chemistry in its element

September 18th, 2013

5:44

How can whale waste make you a fortune? This week, Helen Scales searches for Ambergris

Wilkinson's Catalyst: Chemistry in its element

September 6th, 2013

7:19

Simon Cotton introduces the dynamic Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson, and the catalyst that carries his name

Atropine: Chemistry in its element

September 4th, 2013

6:07

The poison from deadly nightshade, used in a recent attempted murder - Dan Johnson introduces atropine

Zinc oxide: Chemistry in its element

August 28th, 2013

7:25

Brian Clegg is taken back to his childhood by zinc oxide

Polyacetylene: Chemistry in its element

August 21st, 2013

6:36

David Lindsay explores the first of the conducting organic polymers, polyacetylene

Chitin: Chemistry in its element

August 14th, 2013

4:52

It's the compound that creates a lucrative market from leftover lobster. Emma Stoye introduces chitin

Erythropoietin: Chemistry in its element

August 8th, 2013

6:30

Developed to save lives, its potential to give cheats an edge was soon identified. David Lindsay explores erythropoietin

Curcumin: Chemistry in its element

July 31st, 2013

6:26

For an aromatic curry and, potentially, a healthier life, Simon Cotton recommends curcumin

Cellulose acetate: Chemistry in its element

July 24th, 2013

6:49

It kept the explosions on the silver screen instead of in the projection booth - Brian Clegg on cellulose acetate

Botox: Chemistry in its element

July 18th, 2013

6:21

Just 50 grams could kill everyone on the planet, but we have it injected into our faces. David Lindsay on Botox

Imidacloprid: Chemistry in its element

July 10th, 2013

7:09

Phillip Broadwith discusses one of the neonicitinoid insecticides believed to be causing problems for bees

PVC: Chemistry in its element

July 3rd, 2013

7:32

To some it looks cheap and nasty, for others it's a sensible (or even sexy) design decision. Brian Clegg wraps himself in PVC

Resveratrol: Chemistry in its element

June 26th, 2013

6:49

Can a compound in red wine protect against heart attack and cancer? Phillip Broadwith investigates resveratrol

Phosphoric Acid: Chemistry in its element

June 19th, 2013

6:43

Lars Öhrström on phosphoric acid: Crucial for crops and DNA's backbone, it's the energy currency of the biological world

Cyanoacrylate: Chemistry in its element

June 12th, 2013

6:19

It repairs objects, heals wounds and fights crime. It puts the ‘super’ in superglue. Emma Stoye introduces cyanoacrylate

VX: Chemistry in its element

June 5th, 2013

7:26

The stuff of action films and horrifying news stories, Simon Cotton introduces the infamous nerve agent, VX

Alumina: Chemistry in its element

May 29th, 2013

5:44

It's a catalyst, an abrasive, a bright white pigment and the basis for beautiful gemstones - Neil Withers introduces Alumina

Cathinone: Chemistry in its element

May 22nd, 2013

7:06

Simon Cotton introduces us to cathinone, the active ingredient in the stimulant Khat

Digoxin: Chemistry in its element

May 15th, 2013

6:41

Emma Stoye on digoxin, a toxic product of foxgloves, and the birth of modern pharmacology

YBCO - Yttrium Barium Copper Oxide: Chemistry in its element

May 8th, 2013

6:48

Neil Withers recalls making this groundbreaking superconductor as a student

Ferrocene: Chemistry in its element

May 2nd, 2013

7:30

Lars Öhrström gets his teeth into the first sandwich compound

Oxalic acid: Chemistry in its element

April 25th, 2013

8:24

Lars Öhrström finds a link between Napoleon III and rhubarb

Denatonium benzoate: Chemistry in its element

April 18th, 2013

7:55

Brian Clegg has a sniff at the bitterest substance known to science

Magnesium sulfate: Chemistry in its element

April 10th, 2013

6:52

Brian Clegg explains how bath salts may actually be more than just relaxing

Vancomycin: Chemistry in its element

April 3rd, 2013

7:35

Simon Cotton explains the discovery of 'the drug of last resort'

Chloral hydrate: Chemistry in its element

March 27th, 2013

6:58

Brian Clegg raises a glass to unscrupulous barmen

Nitrogen dioxide: Chemistry in its element

March 21st, 2013

7:52

Simon Cotton looks at the rocket propellant that causes environmental problems

Cadmium sulfide: Chemistry in its element

March 13th, 2013

6:51

Brian Clegg brightens up our lives with some bright yellow chemistry

Menthol: Chemistry in its element

March 6th, 2013

6:49

Simon Cotton channels the Fonz and stays cool

Opsins: Chemistry in its element

February 27th, 2013

7:29

Brian Clegg opens our eyes to the compounds that enable sight

Uk37: Chemistry in its element

February 20th, 2013

6:57

Josh Howgego looks into the past, with help from some alkenones

Salvarsan: Chemistry in its element

February 13th, 2013

7:10

Philip Robinson tells us about the first chemotherapeutic drug

CFCs: Chemistry in its element

February 6th, 2013

8:16

Brian Clegg looks at one of the original environmental villains

Prussian blue: Chemistry in its element

January 30th, 2013

6:10

Laura Howes looks back to a time when feeling blue was a good thing - and wearing it was 'bling'

Oxytocin: Chemistry in its element

January 23rd, 2013

7:14

Josh Howgego prepares to socialise - and tells us why 'cuddle chemicals' are too good to be true

Rust: Chemistry in its element

January 16th, 2013

7:11

Rust podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Silicones: Chemistry in its element

January 9th, 2013

6:28

Silicones podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Edta: Chemistry in its element

December 19th, 2012

7:54

EDTA podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Geosmin: Chemistry in its element

December 14th, 2012

4:50

Geosmin podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Urea: Chemistry in its element

December 5th, 2012

6:26

Urea podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Tetracycline: Chemistry in its element

November 28th, 2012

7:34

Tetracycline podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Vinegar: Chemistry in its element

November 21st, 2012

6:36

Vinegar podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Ricin: Chemistry in its element

November 14th, 2012

5:31

Ricin podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Thalidomide: Chemistry in its element

November 7th, 2012

8:34

Thalidomide podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Keratin: Chemistry in its element

October 31st, 2012

7:22

Keratin podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Graphene: Chemistry in its element

October 24th, 2012

6:17

Graphene podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Lithium_carbonate: Chemistry in its element

October 17th, 2012

7:43

Lithium carbonate podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Folic_acid: Chemistry in its element

October 10th, 2012

5:49

Folic acid podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Galantamine: Chemistry in its element

October 3rd, 2012

7:09

Galantamine podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Kclo3: Chemistry in its element

September 26th, 2012

5:13

Potassium chlorate podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Artemisinin: Chemistry in its element

September 19th, 2012

8:14

Artemisinin podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Pectin: Chemistry in its element

September 12th, 2012

5:53

Pectin podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Coniine: Chemistry in its element

September 5th, 2012

6:15

Coniine podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Lactic acid: Chemistry in its element

August 29th, 2012

5:39

Lactic acid podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Ptfe: Chemistry in its element

August 22nd, 2012

7:38

PTFE podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Uf6: Chemistry in its element

August 15th, 2012

7:54

UF6 podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Saccharin: Chemistry in its element

August 9th, 2012

6:32

Saccharin podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Putrescine: Chemistry in its element

August 1st, 2012

6:47

Putrescine podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Lycra: Chemistry in its element

July 25th, 2012

6:47

Lycra podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Deet: Chemistry in its element

July 18th, 2012

7:03

DEET podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Nitrous oxide: Chemistry in its element

July 11th, 2012

7:42

Nitrous oxide podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Histamine: Chemistry in its element

July 4th, 2012

6:51

Histamine podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Nitroglycerine: Chemistry in its element

June 27th, 2012

7:36

Nitroglycerine podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Titanium dioxide: Chemistry in its element

June 20th, 2012

8:02

Titanium dioxide podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Potassium nitrate: Chemistry in its element

June 14th, 2012

7:45

Potassium nitrate podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Carbon tetrachloride: Chemistry in its element

June 6th, 2012

7:27

Carbon tetrachloride podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Heavy water: Chemistry in its element

May 30th, 2012

7:31

Heavy water podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Muscone: Chemistry in its element

May 16th, 2012

6:44

Muscone podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Ddt: Chemistry in its element

May 9th, 2012

7:30

DDT podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Cyclodextrin: Chemistry in its element

May 2nd, 2012

6:36

Cyclodextrin podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Lidocaine: Chemistry in its element

April 25th, 2012

7:53

Lidocaine podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

2-methylundecanal: Chemistry in its element

April 18th, 2012

7:30

2-Methylundecanal podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Ozone: Chemistry in its element

April 11th, 2012

7:21

Ozone podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Penicillin: Chemistry in its element

April 4th, 2012

7:50

Penicillin podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Kevlar: Chemistry in its element

March 28th, 2012

6:42

Kevlar podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Vitamin c: Chemistry in its element

March 21st, 2012

7:18

Vitamin C podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Vitamin d: Chemistry in its element

March 14th, 2012

5:59

Vitamin D podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Chlorophyll: Chemistry in its element

March 7th, 2012

6:49

Chlorophyll podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Hydrochloric acid: Chemistry in its element

February 29th, 2012

7:05

Hydrochloric acid podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Tnt: Chemistry in its element

February 22nd, 2012

7:18

TNT podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Haemoglobin: Chemistry in its element

February 15th, 2012

6:49

Haemoglobin podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Formic acid: Chemistry in its element

February 8th, 2012

6:28

Formic acid podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Morphine: Chemistry in its element

February 2nd, 2012

7:29

Morphine podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Carbon monoxide: Chemistry in its element

January 25th, 2012

6:49

Carbon monoxide podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Testosterone: Chemistry in its element

January 18th, 2012

7:16

Testosterone podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Theobromine: Chemistry in its element

January 11th, 2012

6:49

Theobromine podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Neuraminic acid: Chemistry in its element

January 4th, 2012

6:16

Neuraminic acid podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Tartrazine: Chemistry in its element

December 21st, 2011

6:31

Tartrazine podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Green fluorescent protein: Chemistry in its element

December 15th, 2011

6:01

Green fluorescent protein podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Nitric acid: Chemistry in its element

December 8th, 2011

7:00

Nitric acid podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Cryolite: Chemistry in its element

November 30th, 2011

6:56

Cryolite podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Acetylcholine: Chemistry in its element

November 23rd, 2011

6:49

Acetylcholine podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Strychnine: Chemistry in its element

November 16th, 2011

6:53

Strychnine podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Potassium permanganate: Chemistry in its element

November 9th, 2011

6:36

Potassium permanganate podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Acetone: Chemistry in its element

November 9th, 2011

6:37

Acetone podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Nylon: Chemistry in its element

November 2nd, 2011

8:36

Nylon podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Aspirin: Chemistry in its element

October 26th, 2011

7:24

Aspirin podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Vanillin: Chemistry in its element

October 19th, 2011

8:00

Vanillin podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Sulfur mustard: Chemistry in its element

October 12th, 2011

7:21

Sulfur mustard podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Adenosine triphosphate: Chemistry in its element

October 5th, 2011

6:20

Adenosine triphosphate podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Ammonia: Chemistry in its element

September 28th, 2011

7:22

Ammonia podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Bombykol: Chemistry in its element

September 21st, 2011

6:26

Bombykol podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Hydrogen cyanide: Chemistry in its element

September 14th, 2011

6:56

Hydrogen cyanide podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Beta carotene: Chemistry in its element

September 7th, 2011

5:56

Beta carotene podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Polyhydroxybutyrate: Chemistry in its element

August 31st, 2011

6:45

Polyhydroxybutyrate podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Formaldehyde: Chemistry in its element

August 24th, 2011

6:30

Formaldehyde podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Glucose: Chemistry in its element

August 18th, 2011

6:50

Glucose podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Rubber: Chemistry in its element

August 10th, 2011

6:20

Rubber podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Dimethylmercury: Chemistry in its element

August 3rd, 2011

7:26

Dimethylmercury podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Chloroform: Chemistry in its element

July 27th, 2011

6:50

Chloroform podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Calcium carbonate: Chemistry in its element

July 21st, 2011

7:04

Calcium carbonate podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Sulfanilamide: Chemistry in its element

July 13th, 2011

8:01

Sulfanilamide podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Taxol: Chemistry in its element

July 6th, 2011

8:32

Taxol podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Benzene: Chemistry in its element

June 29th, 2011

7:12

Benzene podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Cocaine: Chemistry in its element

June 23rd, 2011

8:29

Cocaine podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Hydrogen peroxide: Chemistry in its element

June 15th, 2011

6:55

Hydrogen peroxide podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Buckminsterfullerene: Chemistry in its element

June 8th, 2011

6:49

Buckminsterfullerene podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Silver nitrate: Chemistry in its element

June 1st, 2011

6:42

Silver nitrate podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Copper sulfate: Chemistry in its element

May 25th, 2011

6:26

Copper sulfate podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Capsaicin: Chemistry in its element

May 18th, 2011

6:02

Capsaicin podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Lsd: Chemistry in its element

May 11th, 2011

8:02

LSD podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Petrol: Chemistry in its element

May 4th, 2011

6:32

Petrol podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Dimethyl sulfide: Chemistry in its element

April 27th, 2011

7:27

Dimethyl sulfide podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Dna: Chemistry in its element

April 20th, 2011

7:31

DNA podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Glutamate: Chemistry in its element

April 13th, 2011

6:43

Glutamate podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Quinine: Chemistry in its element

April 6th, 2011

6:26

Quinine podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Methamphetamine: Chemistry in its element

March 30th, 2011

8:12

Methamphetamine podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Ammonium nitrate: Chemistry in its element

March 23rd, 2011

7:38

Ammonium nitrate podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Polythene: Chemistry in its element

March 16th, 2011

7:28

Polythene podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Silicon dioxide: Chemistry in its element

March 9th, 2011

7:05

Silicon dioxide podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Silver fulminate and cyanate: Chemistry in its element

March 2nd, 2011

8:17

Silver fulminate and cyanate podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Bakelite: Chemistry in its element

February 23rd, 2011

7:09

Bakelite podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Salbutamol: Chemistry in its element

February 16th, 2011

7:59

Salbutamol podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Sulfuric acid: Chemistry in its element

February 9th, 2011

6:59

Sulfuric acid podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Sulfur hexafluoride: Chemistry in its element

February 2nd, 2011

7:44

Sulfur hexafluoride podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Ethanol: Chemistry in its element

January 26th, 2011

8:53

Ethanol podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Nitrogen triiodide: Chemistry in its element

January 12th, 2011

7:37

Nitrogen triiodide podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Ethylene glycol: Chemistry in its element

January 5th, 2011

6:02

Ethylene glycol podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Tetrodotoxin: Chemistry in its element

December 22nd, 2010

7:48

Tetrodotoxin podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Sodium hydroxide: Chemistry in its element

December 15th, 2010

7:27

Sodium hydroxide podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Tetrahydrocannabinol: Chemistry in its element

December 8th, 2010

6:48

Tetrahydrocannabinol podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Methane: Chemistry in its element

December 1st, 2010

7:32

A component of natural gas also associated with ignis fatuus and bovine flatulence: Brian Clegg with methane.

Nicotine: Chemistry in its element

November 24th, 2010

7:17

Nicotine podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Luciferin: Chemistry in its element

November 17th, 2010

6:23

Luciferin podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Nickel carbonyl: Chemistry in its element

November 10th, 2010

9:10

Nickel carbonyl podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Caffeine: Chemistry in its element

November 2nd, 2010

6:46

Caffeine podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Oestrogen: Chemistry in its element

October 27th, 2010

6:13

Oestrogen podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Salt: Chemistry in its element

October 20th, 2010

8:05

Salt podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Cisplatin: Chemistry in its element

October 13th, 2010

7:44

Cisplatin podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Carbon dioxide: Chemistry in its element

October 6th, 2010

7:47

Carbon dioxide podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Cholesterol: Chemistry in its element

September 28th, 2010

5:56

Cholesterol podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Water: Chemistry in its element

September 22nd, 2010

7:53

Water podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Lawrencium: Chemistry in its element

September 14th, 2010

6:17

Lawrencium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Didymium – Neodymium and Praseodymium: Chemistry in its element

September 14th, 2010

6:31

Two elements for the price of one! Andrea Sella peers through didymium glass and examines the discovery of neodymium and praseodymium

Hassium: Chemistry in its element

September 7th, 2010

5:37

Hassium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Bohrium: Chemistry in its element

September 1st, 2010

6:30

Bohrium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Caesium: Chemistry in its element

August 24th, 2010

7:15

Caesium

Berkelium: Chemistry in its element

August 17th, 2010

7:26

Berkelium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Xenon: Chemistry in its element

August 10th, 2010

8:43

Xenon podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Nickel: Chemistry in its element

August 4th, 2010

7:18

Nickel podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Ununquadium: Chemistry in its element

July 28th, 2010

7:36

Flerovium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Sodium: Chemistry in its element

July 22nd, 2010

6:16

Sodium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Ununoctium: Chemistry in its element

July 14th, 2010

7:29

Ununoctium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Lutetium: Chemistry in its element

July 8th, 2010

6:55

Lutetium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Fermium: Chemistry in its element

June 30th, 2010

7:09

Fermium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Rhodium: Chemistry in its element

June 23rd, 2010

6:44

Rhodium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Darmstadtium: Chemistry in its element

June 16th, 2010

6:59

Darmstadtium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Molybdenum: Chemistry in its element

June 9th, 2010

4:15

Molybdenum podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Nobelium: Chemistry in its element

June 2nd, 2010

6:54

Nobelium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Gadolinium: Chemistry in its element

May 26th, 2010

6:22

Gadolinium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Scandium: Chemistry in its element

May 18th, 2010

6:13

Scandium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Thorium: Chemistry in its element

May 11th, 2010

7:44

Thorium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Niobium: Chemistry in its element

May 5th, 2010

7:50

Niobium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Dysprosium: Chemistry in its element

April 28th, 2010

6:00

Dysprosium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Samarium: Chemistry in its element

April 20th, 2010

4:42

Samarium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Meitnerium: Chemistry in its element

April 14th, 2010

7:18

Meitnerium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Dubnium: Chemistry in its element

April 7th, 2010

7:18

Dubnium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Mendelevium: Chemistry in its element

March 29th, 2010

6:16

Mendelevium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Curium: Chemistry in its element

March 23rd, 2010

4:19

Curium

Promethium: Chemistry in its element

March 17th, 2010

7:20

Enter the world of Greek mythology to reveal the great powers of the element promethium

Chlorine: Chemistry in its element

March 9th, 2010

6:29

Chlorine

Roentgenium: Chemistry in its element

March 1st, 2010

5:29

Roentgenium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Silicon: Chemistry in its element

February 23rd, 2010

8:25

Silicon podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Thulium: Chemistry in its element

February 16th, 2010

6:38

Thulium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Rutherfordium: Chemistry in its element

February 9th, 2010

6:59

Rutherfordium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Actinium: Chemistry in its element

February 3rd, 2010

4:03

Actinium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Holmium: Chemistry in its element

January 27th, 2010

3:46

Holmium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Yttrium: Chemistry in its element

January 21st, 2010

3:49

Yttrium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Neptunium: Chemistry in its element

January 12th, 2010

6:46

Neptunium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Chromium: Chemistry in its element

January 5th, 2010

7:31

Chromium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Titanium: Chemistry in its element

December 22nd, 2009

7:15

Titanium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Einsteinium: Chemistry in its element

December 16th, 2009

7:22

Einsteinium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Ytterbium: Chemistry in its element

December 10th, 2009

7:33

Ytterbium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Palladium: Chemistry in its element

December 4th, 2009

6:21

Palladium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Ununbium: Chemistry in its element

November 24th, 2009

8:34

Element 112 podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Terbium: Chemistry in its element

November 18th, 2009

6:50

Terbium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Rhenium: Chemistry in its element

November 13th, 2009

7:34

Rhenium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Indium: Chemistry in its element

November 3rd, 2009

7:13

Indium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Iridium: Chemistry in its element

October 27th, 2009

7:16

Iridium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Protactinium: Chemistry in its element

October 20th, 2009

7:15

Protactinium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Tantalum: Chemistry in its element

October 13th, 2009

6:15

Tantalum podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Rubidium: Chemistry in its element

October 5th, 2009

7:30

Rubidium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Hafnium: Chemistry in its element

September 22nd, 2009

7:35

Hafnium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Lanthanum: Chemistry in its element

September 16th, 2009

7:18

Lanthanum podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Boron: Chemistry in its element

September 11th, 2009

7:42

Pat Bailey, from the University of Keele, explains why he thinks boron is like a middle-aged accountant who participates in skydiving and partner swapping parties in his spare time

Calcium: Chemistry in its element

September 2nd, 2009

7:26

Karen Faulds, University of Strathclyde, on why calcium is so much more than just a constituent of dairy products

Ruthenium: Chemistry in its element

September 1st, 2009

7:07

Ruthenium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Cobalt: Chemistry in its element

August 20th, 2009

7:02

Sarah Staniland, University of Leeds, tells us about the element behind blue glass

Californium: Chemistry in its element

August 12th, 2009

6:48

Science writer Brian Clegg on the element used to trigger nuclear reactions and in moisture gauges used in potential oil wells

Thallium: Chemistry in its element

August 5th, 2009

7:06

Thallium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Americium: Chemistry in its element

July 22nd, 2009

7:04

Science writer Brian Clegg on the difficult to pronounce element whose discovery was announced on a children's radio quiz

Tungsten: Chemistry in its element

July 20th, 2009

5:55

Tungsten podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Krypton: Chemistry in its element

July 16th, 2009

6:17

Krypton podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Vanadium: Chemistry in its element

July 2nd, 2009

6:40

Vanadium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Selenium: Chemistry in its element

July 1st, 2009

6:28

Selenium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Europium: Chemistry in its element

June 24th, 2009

6:54

Science writer Brian Clegg on the element that put red into colour TV and caused a dispute between England and France

Tin: Chemistry in its element

June 18th, 2009

5:38

Tin podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Cadmium: Chemistry in its element

June 3rd, 2009

5:25

Lafayette College's Steve Mylon shares painful lessons on a heavy metal

Fluorine: Chemistry in its element

June 2nd, 2009

8:06

Kira Weissman, from Saarlandes University in Germany, explores the element that stops eggs sticking to frying pans and keeps astronauts safe in space

Radon: Chemistry in its element

May 28th, 2009

6:03

Radon podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Aluminium: Chemistry in its element

May 15th, 2009

8:35

Kira Weissman, from Saarlandes University in Germany, on why aeroplanes should not be referred to as 'tin boxes'

Germanium: Chemistry in its element

April 30th, 2009

6:33

Science writer Brian Clegg on the element that often get confused with the flowering plant geranium

Iron: Chemistry in its element

April 24th, 2009

6:12

Iron podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Platinum: Chemistry in its element

April 22nd, 2009

7:33

Platinum podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Zirconium: Chemistry in its element

April 18th, 2009

6:01

Zirconium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Radium: Chemistry in its element

April 16th, 2009

7:46

Radium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Iodine: Chemistry in its element

April 1st, 2009

7:11

Iodine podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Zinc: Chemistry in its element

March 26th, 2009

7:13

Zinc podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Phosphorus: Chemistry in its element

March 17th, 2009

6:42

Phosphorus podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Francium: Chemistry in its element

March 14th, 2009

7:16

University of Cambridge's Peter Wothers goes hunting for the element that is named after France

Uranium: Chemistry in its element

March 2nd, 2009

6:57

Uranium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Erbium: Chemistry in its element

March 1st, 2009

7:06

UCL's Andrea Sella tells us about a pink coloured element that contributed to the birth of spectroscopy

Gallium: Chemistry in its element

February 19th, 2009

6:27

Andrea Sella, from UCL, talks about licking the M & M element gallium - something we would not recommend you try at home

Beryllium: Chemistry in its element

February 17th, 2009

6:18

Chemistry World's Richard Van Noorden on the element that gave us spark proof tools for the oil industry and a deadly lung condition

Lithium: Chemistry in its element

February 16th, 2009

6:24

Lithium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Carbon: Chemistry in its element

February 15th, 2009

6:04

Katherine Holt of UCL admires diamond - carbon in its most glamorous form

Manganese: Chemistry in its element

January 7th, 2009

6:50

Manganese podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Bismuth: Chemistry in its element

January 1st, 2009

7:02

UCL's Andrea Sella succumbs to the lure of shiny bars of bismuth

Neon: Chemistry in its element

December 12th, 2008

6:38

Neon podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Tellurium: Chemistry in its element

December 11th, 2008

7:14

Tellurium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Arsenic: Chemistry in its element

December 10th, 2008

6:08

Chemistry World's Bea Perks explains the link between poison, aphrodisiacs, the smell of garlic and Napoleon’s wallpaper

Potassium: Chemistry in its element

November 6th, 2008

5:39

Potassium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Copper: Chemistry in its element

October 24th, 2008

5:24

Poor copper, US chemist Steve Mylon from Lafayette College explains how a wonderful metal has been superficially overlooked

Argon: Chemistry in its element

October 17th, 2008

6:00

Author John Emsley explains how a very lazy element redeemed itself

Sulfur: Chemistry in its element

October 13th, 2008

6:33

Sulfur podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Barium: Chemistry in its element

October 2nd, 2008

5:34

What is the link between rat poison, fireworks, fine glass and enemas? Marine chemist Adina Paytan from the University of California Santa Cruz explains

Hydrogen: Chemistry in its element

September 29th, 2008

7:08

Hydrogen podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Mercury: Chemistry in its element

September 24th, 2008

5:16

Mercury podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Strontium: Chemistry in its element

September 18th, 2008

5:08

Strontium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Helium: Chemistry in its element

September 11th, 2008

7:19

Helium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Seaborgium: Chemistry in its element

August 28th, 2008

5:52

Seaborgium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Cerium: Chemistry in its element

August 14th, 2008

6:28

UCL chemist Andrea Sella explains how he discovered a therapeutic use for his favourite element

Osmium: Chemistry in its element

August 1st, 2008

5:25

Osmium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Magnesium: Chemistry in its element

July 24th, 2008

5:54

Magnesium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Antimony: Chemistry in its element

July 17th, 2008

5:33

Science writer Philip Ball tells the story of the element that started a war

Astatine: Chemistry in its element

July 10th, 2008

5:52

Even the rarest element on Earth has its uses according to Mark Peplow

Lead: Chemistry in its element

July 4th, 2008

5:37

Lead podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Technetium: Chemistry in its element

July 4th, 2008

4:58

Technetium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Plutonium: Chemistry in its element

June 17th, 2008

5:50

Plutonium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Polonium: Chemistry in its element

June 17th, 2008

6:21

Polonium podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Nitrogen: Chemistry in its element

June 17th, 2008

6:36

Nitrogen podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Silver: Chemistry in its element

April 24th, 2008

3:41

Silver podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Gold: Chemistry in its element

April 18th, 2008

5:42

Gold podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Oxygen: Chemistry in its element

April 18th, 2008

5:45

Oxygen podcast from Chemistry World - the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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