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Chemistry in its element

A weekly tour of the periodic table, from Chemistry World, the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Phosphoric Acid: Chemistry in its element

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

6mins

19 Jun 2013

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Oxytocin: Chemistry in its element

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

7mins

23 Jan 2013

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Resveratrol: Chemistry in its element

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

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26 Jun 2013

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Gallium arsenide: Chemistry in its element

Brian Clegg introduces gallium arsenide – the supercar of the semiconductor scene

6mins

1 Nov 2019

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Solvated electrons: Chemistry in its element

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

8mins

2 Feb 2017

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Benzoyl peroxide: Chemistry in its element

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

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16 Nov 2016

Rank #6

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Magnesium sulfate: Chemistry in its element

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

6mins

10 Apr 2013

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Adamantane: Chemistry in its element

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

6mins

26 Jan 2017

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

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

6mins

2 Nov 2016

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Neodymium chloride: Chemistry in its element

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

5mins

26 Oct 2016

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Orlistat: Chemistry in its element

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

4mins

4 Jan 2017

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Cannabidiol: Chemistry in its element

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

6mins

13 Jul 2018

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Diborane: Chemistry in its element

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

4mins

14 Dec 2016

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Melanin: Chemistry in its element

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

6mins

21 Feb 2018

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Nitrogen dioxide: Chemistry in its element

Simon Cotton looks at the rocket propellant that causes environmental problems

7mins

21 Mar 2013

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Arsenic trioxide: Chemistry in its element

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

5mins

22 Feb 2017

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Denatonium benzoate: Chemistry in its element

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

7mins

18 Apr 2013

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Swainsonine: Chemistry in its element

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

6mins

30 Nov 2016

Rank #18

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Fentanyl: Chemistry in its element

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

6mins

27 Jul 2018

Rank #19

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Acetylcysteine: Chemistry in its element

Acetylcysteine is a versatile drug, helping manage lung conditions and treat paracetamol overdose. But, as Ben Valsler discovers, it has found itself at the centre of a cycling controversy

5mins

12 Apr 2018

Rank #20