It was not until the 1980s that the environment became a priority for the chemical industry, and it was the industry's bid to clean up that gave birth to 'green chemistry'.
Research on molecular machines won last year's Nobel Prize in chemistry. Now scientists have figured out a way to get these tiny molecules to join forces and collaborate on real work on a macro scale.
If it weren't for chemistry, that pile of wrinkled shirts would take even longer to sort out.
An expert in water science explains the mysterious chemistry behind water treatment.
Nitrogen trichloride makes swimming pools smell and is a good indicator of plenty of pee.
An explosive was recently made by accident in a UK lab, but many labs across the world make them for interest and application.
The reason you feel things as solid is all to do with electrons.
Surely only a weirdo wouldn't enjoy the smell of flowers and pine forests? But as Kate Grenville writes in her latest book, fragrance causes untold misery to many of us.
The proof is in the pottery.
A new study analyses the chemistry of a Stradivarius, but there's little evidence these violins actually sound any better.
Plan to develop long-lasting supercapacitors would provide a faster, safer alternative to lithium batteries.
The same chemical reaction is behind the frothing of milk in your cappuccino and the whipping of egg whites in sweet meringue.
Here's your chance to take part in a global science experiment.
Wetland disappearance is destroying organic historical evidence that's been preserved for thousands of years.
Five decades of highly productive and groundbreaking research doesn't mean there's no time for a touch of football.
Programmable materials that can change shape could have all manner of potential uses.
The smallest motors ever made could one day have a huge impact on our lives.
Anyone for a 2,512-day-old burger?
New plastic banknotes pose a challenge to forensic scientists that clever chemistry can solve.
New research is narrowing the gap, creating technology with the detecting capabilities of canines but without the downsides of relying on a biological system.