Magnificent molecules

Person wearing a 'Bazinga!' cape, from The Big Bang Theory TV series

BaZnGa

17 September 2018By

How a TV catchphrase inspired a synthetic chemical compound

A dozen male cyclists in a tight grouping pictured from the front

Acetylcysteine

20 June 2018By Chemistry World

A compound with a range of medical uses that found itself embroiled in a cycling controversy

Tetranitromethane CN4O8 molecule isolated on white

Tetranitromethane

14 March 2018By Brian Clegg

A failed rocket fuel oxidiser with an elusive structure

Tungsten carbide saw cutting metal

Tungsten carbide

25 January 2018By Matthew Gunther

The alloy that links armour-piercing bullets and ball point pens

Top view of solar panels in a solar farm

Caesium chloride

15 November 2017By Brian Clegg

A versatile compound used in cancer treatment, solar cells and even making beer

Small plasticine astronauts

Sodium poly(acrylate)

28 September 2017By

Need some fake snow for your Christmas party? Simply look inside an astronaut’s suit

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FROM THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY