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Anti-wrinkle cosmetics
The market for skin care products to help combat the signs of ageing is massive. But do anti-ageing creams work, and what’s the chemistry behind them?...

Periodic table video
Watch this video to see scientists from the University of Nottingham performing the science experiments that are too hot for the classroom.

The Periodic Table explained
It’s one of the few scientific tools available on mugs and t-shirts, but where did the periodic table come from? Classifying the chemical elements has...

Chemistry and crime
Most people associate forensic science with fingerprints, DNA and ballistics – but chemistry catches criminals, too. Identifying substances When someone’s...

Chemistry and Physics
Where is the line between chemistry and physics, and how do they overlap? Read on to find out. History These days, our knowledge and technology blur the...

Organic and inorganic chemistry
Chemistry can be divided into organic and inorganic - but what’s the difference?

Ask an expert: Materials chemist
Science writer and specialist in materials chemistry, Richard Van Noorden was our expert for a month and school pupils had the chance to ask him some...

Ask an expert: Polymer chemist
Polymer chemist Sharon Ingram was our resident expert for a month. Below are her answers to questions from mentors and mentees.   Can you tell me what...

Ask an expert: Biochemist
David Card uses chemistry techniques to help doctors with their diagnosis. He was our resident expert for a month, and school pupils had the chance to...

Ask an expert: Body Shop chemist
Tony Morton, a scientist at The Body Shop , answered questions from mentors and mentees. Did you know what you wanted to work as when you left school?...

Ask an expert: Development chemist
Lorna Nichols, a development chemist working on well-known household brands, was our resident expert for a month. Below are her answers to questions...

Ask an expert: Cancer researcher
James is a chemist working on the next generation of anti-cancer drugs for Cancer Research Technology, a company owned by the charity Cancer Research...

Hidden chemist: Anne-Sofie Østvedt
Who is she? A former leader of an underground intelligence organisation in Norway during the Second World War. Why is she notable? Anne-Sofie was one...

Hidden chemist: Anton Rupert
Who is he? An Afrikaner-South African billionaire entrepreneur, businessman and conservationist. One of the founders of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)...

Hidden chemist: Dolph Lundgren
Who is he? Born Hans Lundgren on November 3, 1957, Dolph is a 6' 5" tall Swedish actor. Why is he famous? Dolph Lundgren is one of the original muscle-bound...

Hidden chemist: Gerald Garcia
Who is he? A classical guitarist and composer. Why is he famous? Gerald Garcia was born in 1949 in Hong Kong. After studying chemistry at Oxford University,...

Hidden chemist: Lejaren Hiller
Who is he? An American composer who founded the Experimental Music Studio at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1958 and collaborated on...

Hidden chemist: Scott Couper
Who is he? An American football player from Scotland. Why is he famous? Nicknamed "Scoops", he played at wide receiver, most notably for the Scottish...

Hidden chemist: Sir Mike Tomlinson CBE
Who is he? A British schoolteacher who worked hard to become a Knight! Why is he notable? Sir Mike was the chairman of the Working Group for 14-19 Reform...

Hidden chemist: Susan Powell
Who is she? A weather forecaster. Why is she famous? Susan Powell is a weather forecaster for the BBC. She broadcasts on BBC News 24, BBC One, BBC World...

Hidden chemist: Willie Smith
Who is he? An American alto saxophonist. Why is he notable? William McLeish Smith (25 November 1910 in Charleston, South Carolina-7 March 1967 in Los...

Famous chemists: Alfred Nobel
Who was he? Swedish scientist and inventor Alfred Nobel was the man who set up the Nobel Prize institution at the end of the nineteenth century. Why is...

Famous chemists: Irene Joliot-Curie
Who was she? A French scientist; winner of the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1935 for her discovery of artificial radioactivity. Why is she famous? She...

Famous chemists: Isaac Asimov
Who is he? A Russian born American scientist and science-fiction writer, Isaac Asimov was a professor of biochemistry as well as being a very popular...