chemistry in context

  • Coca plants - a cash crop for farmers in countries such as Peru and Bolivia
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    Cocaine - a short trip in time

    1 September 2007

    In the latter half of the 19th century chemists started to investigate the properties of cocaine. Elucidation of its molecular structure followed some 30 years later

  • A PAMAM dendrimer
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    Nanotechnology update

    1 September 2007

    The past 10 years have witnessed myriad R&D programmes in nanotechnology around the world

  • The atmosphere - skyline
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    Understanding our changing atmosphere

    1 July 2007

    Research by chemists into the chemical processes occurring in the troposphere could help to predict the likely impacts of climate change upon atmospheric conditions

  • The giant Periodic Table on the Wall of the Bureau of Weights and Measures in St Petersburg
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    The periodic tables of Mendeleev

    1 March 2007

    How Mendeleev corrected the atomic weights of In, Ce and U, and thus constructed the remarkable Periodic Table of 1871

  • Mendeleev
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    Mendeleev - the man and his legacy...

    1 March 2007

    A look at the life and work of Russia's most famous chemist, who died 100 years ago

  • Stored nuclear waste
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    Dealing with nuclear waste

    1 March 2007

    Nuclear power is a low-carbon technology, but it does come with a catch: it produces waste that emits harmful radiation for many thousands, even millions of years. UK chemists, however, are working to produce materials and technology to deal with this problem.

  • Chickens
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    Flu drugs - pathway to discovery

    1 March 2007

    If bird flu ever starts to transmit from human to human, with no effective vaccine available our only defence will be the antiviral drugs Relenza and Tamiflu

  • Image - Phenols-ugr1
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    Phenols in medicine

    1 January 2007

    Phenol encountered in school or college chemistry laboratories demands special respect on account of its toxic and corrosive nature. But phenol and its derivatives do have a few medicinal surprises

  • yew tree berry and needle - natural products offer myriad life-saving medicines
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    Natural products - back in vogue

    1 November 2006

    Chemists are once again turning to Nature to replenish the medicine chest

  • Popcorn
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    Making the most of starch

    1 September 2006

    With some clever chemistry starch represents an enormous and sustainable source of renewable carbon for non-food applications.