chemistry in context

Sooty flames

Clearing the air around smoke formation

17 March 2017By

Answering the riddle of why unsaturated fuels burn with sooty flames

Distorted Samsung batteries

Recharging the future

1 February 2017By Rachel Brazil

As lithium-ion batteries are pushed to their limits, what technology could replace them?


The massive problem of microplastics

15 November 2016By

As plastics fill up and pollute our oceans, recognising their value rather than thinking of them as disposable could help us deal with what has turned into a large, global problem


Scaling new peaks

31 May 2016By

Nina Notman admires the plethora of different uses for the separation techniques known collectively as chromatography

cutting edge

Illustration of Cas9 in action

CRISPR: The cutting edge

16 February 2017By Hayley Bennett

Molecular biology’s new favourite tool

Modern day alchemists making elements 2

Modern-day alchemists

17 October 2016By Sam Tracey

As this year saw the filling of the remaining four gaps in the periodic table, Sam Tracey visited Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to find out how to make a new element


To boldly go where no analytical instrument has gone before

1 August 2016By

Nina Notman meets the chemist behind the mass spectrometer onboard the Philae lander

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In the March 2017 issue find out why unsaturated fuels burn with sooty flames and make chromatography practical work more engaging.

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