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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DMT – Dimethyltryptamine

Georgia Mills investigates the psychoactive found in ayahuasca that may mirror near-death experiences


 2020-05-22  7m

Chlorine dioxide

Katrina Krämer investigates how industrial-strength bleach became promoted as 'miracle mineral supplement' – a supposed 'cure' for autism, cancer and even Covid-19.


 2020-05-15  8m

Oleic acid

Brian Clegg discovers the link between olive oil, dandruff and stained glass windows.


 2020-05-08  7m

Interferon beta

An immune-modulating compound used to reduce the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and now showing potential against coronaviruses, interferon beta is the last of the WHO's Covid-19 Solidarity trial candidates to get the Chemistry in its element treatment.


 2020-05-01  6m


The unexplained appearance and dramatic spread of a new form of HIV drug ritonavir hurt patients and cost its makers almost $250 million. Alexander Whiteside on the chemical phenomenon that links Irving Langmuir, H G Wells and Kurt Vonnegut.


 2020-04-24  11m


Ben Valsler explains how a drug that prevents HIV from donning its protective 'coat' now makes up one arm of the World Health Organisation's Covid-19 trial


 2020-04-17  6m


Will new clinical trials for Covid-19 give remdesivir a second chance?Ben Valsler introduces the broad-spectrum antiviral that didn't quite make it as the Ebola drug it was originally planned to be.


 2020-04-03  6m

Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine

Old drugs sometimes find their way back into the news. Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic and some very high profile backing, malaria drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are making headlines worldwide. Ben Valsler explores both the history and the hype.


 2020-03-27  7m


Brian Clegg on the popular over-the-counter painkiller, developed by a high-street pharmacy chain


 2020-03-20  9m

Minoxidil and finasteride

Catherine Hodges explores the chemical solutions to thinning hair and patchy beards, examining the popularity of minoxidil and the cautionary tale of finasteride


 2020-03-13  6m