The Mole

Published from 2012–2015, The Mole was the Royal Society of Chemistry's magazine for students, and anyone inspired to dig deeper into chemistry. Prior to 2012, Education in Chemistry published a supplement for students called InfoChem.

During 2018, articles from The Mole will be added to the Education in Chemistry website.

An atom

Chemistry is NOT like... people!

1 November 2015By

While analogies are useful for explaining chemical processes, they should be used carefully, says Tom Husband


Waste not, want not

1 November 2015By Elinor Hughes

Elinor Hughes investigates some of the latest developments in recycling food waste

Charles West

Charles West: Research geochemist

1 November 2015By

Ida Emilie Steinmark talks to a chemist who gave up a career as a footballer

The explosive reaction of sodium metal in water

Funded by you

1 September 2015By

Declan Fleming investigates how crowdfunding helped a chemist to uncover the secrets behind some familiar reactions

A school student using a tablet

Chemistry is like... a crowd

1 September 2015By

Tom Husband explains how the behaviour of big crowds is easier to predict than small ones

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Or instead, why not take a look at some of the more recent articles published in Education in Chemistry.

A space-filling model of tetrafluoroethylene

A new angle on collision theory

19 October 2018

Scientists shoot the world’s smallest projectiles – individual molecules – and use them to study how reactions happen

Penicillin fungi in petri dishes

Antibiotics: solving an evolving problem

19 October 2018By ,

Includes curriculum-linked resources to use in your classroom

Volumetric flasks

Quick wins to deepen students' grasp of practical procedures

17 October 2018By

Approaches that build students’ understanding of practical work over time

Solving a mathematical multi-step calculation

Nine tips for scaffolding multi-step calculations

16 October 2018By

How to model sums for success

Question marks on a blackboard

Support for classroom-based research

15 October 2018By

Are you a teacher aspiring to education research?

A hand examines clear glass bottles

Finding the fake booze

12 October 2018By

Ever wondered what Raman spectrometry is? Here’s how it can find out what’s in a bottle without opening it.

Man sprinting out of the blocks on a track

The three best lesson starter activities

12 October 2018By

How to engage students while recapping old topics

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