A weekly tour of the periodic table, from Chemistry World, the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
How did a tree bark from Sri Lanka become one of the essential flavours of the festive season? We explore the history of cinnamon and the compound that gives it its distinctive taste and aroma
A compound so explosively unstable that nobody has been able to measure how sensitive it is without it, well, exploding.
How one of mankind's oldest pigments helped shepherds secure their sheep and inspired one of the most popular songs of the twentieth century
A sweet compound that provides ample energy for extreme endurance events – find out how maltodextrin helped Anna Ploszajski swim the English channel
Liquid salts, ionic melts, fused salts, or ionic glasses – call them what you like, these much-hyped solvents show great promise. Katrina Krämer speaks to chemical engineer Jason Bara about ionic liquids.
An antimicrobial compound that kills bacteria and viruses quickly – found in some of the most colourful antiseptic solutions