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You can choose from our four detailed timelines to take a closer look at the chemistry research, news and views that happened in 2017

News and current affairs

Science hit the headlines via the world in 2017, with Marches for science rising against the Trump administration in particular. And Brexit may mean Brexit, but what does it mean for chemistry?

Atoms and bonding

All the big developments in chemistry research, including bonding, reactions and synthesis, materials and the rise of digital chemistry

Biochemistry and medicine

From a Nobel prize in imaging biological systems to developing powerful fresh painkillers, chemists have been at the forefront of medical innovation in 2017

History and culture

Chemists proceed to help us understand our history, shedding light on materials and practices behind good works of art, while shaping the culture we live in

Latest news

Teva to cut 14,000 jobs

22 December 2017

Saddled with debt in an increasingly competitive generic drug industry, the Israel-headquartered giant starts a difficult transformation

Molecular knot gets Guinness world record

2017 in review – Current affairs

2017 in review – Atoms, bonding, materials and synthesis

2017 in review – Biochemistry and medicine

Latest research

Organic glaze might explain interstellar object’s missing tail

22 December 2017

Molecular box treats chemists to a strained surprise

22 December 2017

Molecular map-making simplified

21 December 2017

Super-reducing solvated electrons made with an LED

21 December 2017

MOF squeezes catalyst into form for switching reactivity

20 December 2017

Fossil isotopes expose life’s diversity Three.Five billion years ago

20 December 2017

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Features

Illuminating manuscript treasures

By Rachel Brazil

Rachel Brazil takes a look at the Fitzwilliam Museum’s illuminated manuscripts and learns their scientific stories

From venoms to medicine

Venoms are a treasure trove of peptides that may provide a bounty of novel painkillers

Beer: Music to your taste buds

Andy Extance goes on tour in the UK and Belgium and compares the science behind the different processes used by craft and mass brewers

Business

Teva to cut 14,000 jobs

Saddled with debt in an increasingly competitive generic drug industry, the Israel-headquartered giant embarks a difficult transformation

Chemical industry roundup 2017

Economic and political pressure is encouraging industry to become more specialised as certain sectors consolidate

Pharmaceuticals roundup 2017

Political influence has strongly shaped industry activity in the past year

Sanofi ordered to pull dengue vaccine

Philippines wants French drugmaker to cover immunization program costs

Nova Chemicals expands in Canada

Company to spend over C$Two billion growing its steam cracker by 50% and building a fresh polyethylene facility

DuPont and Sumitomo link up for seed treatments

Firms will collaborate to develop and commercialise seed-applied technologies

Working life

Meet the resistance

13 December 2017 By Rachel Brazil

The scientists taking a stand against politics they oppose

Voyage to the bottom of the sea

Susan Humphris investigates the Atlantic’s hydrothermal vents

Who is the greatest chemist of all time?

Spoiler: you said it was Marie Curie. But how we define greatness matters

Not home for the holidays

Tales of being stuck in the lab

The European adviser

Elvira Fortunato shares how she found herself at the heart of EU science policy

Taking the stage

The modern face of engaging with the public through science

From our columnists

For the sake of argument

It’s significant to recognise which disputes can actually be resolved by science

Doctor tweet love

Or: How I learned to stop worrying and love Twitter

Switching the reproducibility rulebook

It pays to know when taking shortcuts is acceptable, and which it’s safe to take

‘We all want to be The Dude’

Venki Ramakrishnan on optimism, Jane Austen and why he wants to be Jeff Bridges

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Silicones – enabling the next big leap in prosthetics and health

White paper: Five ways to optimise lab efficiency

Pharma supply chains pick up rhythm

Silicones – enabling the next big leap in prosthetics and health

White paper: Five ways to optimise lab efficiency

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Webinars

Optimising your experimentation process using JMP: GSK case probe

Quality management of the Karl Fischer system

Solving the issues in standardisation of stereochemical representations

Optimising your experimentation process using JMP: GSK case probe

Quality management of the Karl Fischer system

Solving the issues in standardisation of stereochemical representations

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Fructose

By Michael Freemantle

Super-sweet and packed with preserving power, Mike Freemantle detects that fructose can help keep things fresh long after the sell-by date

TEMPO – (Two,Two,6,6-Tetramethylpiperidin-1-yl)oxyl

Katrina Krämer speaks to organic chemist Daniel Allwood about a multi-talented molecule that proves that not all radicals live up to their name

Aluminium chloride

Brian Clegg becomes a sleuth to investigate the uses of a deceptively plain Lewis acid

Book Club – Chemistry

By Chemistry World

First-time novelist Weike Wang takes us inwards the mind of a Chinese American PhD student in Boston

Acesulfame potassium

By Michael Freemantle

A sweet solution to monitoring contaminated water

Sildenafil (Viagra)

Kat Arney investigates one of the fastest selling drugs of all time

Retrospective

Who is the greatest chemist of all time?

Spoiler: you said it was Marie Curie. But how we define greatness matters

The origins of chemical industry?

How the mines of Zewar transformed zinc production

George de Hevesy’s chemistry Nobel medal up for auction

Collection of medals of radiochemist who hid two other Nobel laureates’ gold medals from the Nazis by dissolving them is expected to fetch £120,000

Ancient Egyptian uprisings triggered by volcanic eruptions

Fresh evidence that switches in atmospheric chemistry caused social stresses and uprisings against the ruling elite

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In-house training speeds up metabolism

The benefits of blends

Silicones – enabling the construction revolution

Controlling the temperature

Sygnature Discovery

White paper: Substituting traditional chemicals in the beamhouse

White paper: Analytical method transfer

Pittcon 2017

Enlargening lab efficiencies through bespoke solutions

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Benchtop NMR applications – dodgy drugs, industrial analysis and research

Who says there are no shortcuts to fine chemistry?

Digital transformation: fuelling innovation in the chemical industry

Future chemistry: exploring the possibility space

Best practice in Karl Fischer titration

Current topics in bioconjugation

Mass spectrometry for chemists – direct analysis of TLC plates, solids and gases

How to ensure water quality doesn’t compromise your analytical results

Learn more from your experiments with DoE in JMP

Emerging trends and technologies in forensic toxicology

Reviews

The secret science of superheroes

Aurora Walshe reviews a book that will make you laugh like an evil genius

Exhibition: codebreakers and groundbreakers

A chance to read Alan Turing’s school reports and see an Enigma machine borrowed from GCHQ

Adapt: how we can learn from nature’s strangest inventions

Laura Fisher reviews a tale of bio-inspired technology

Not a scientist: how politicians mistake, misrepresent, and utterly mangle science

A book that looks critically at the way science is treated by policymakers, reviewed by Susan Vickers

Is the universe a hologram? Scientists reaction the most provocative questions

From Nobel chemists pondering politics to computer scientists musing on Plato

Christmas bounty guide

Our top picks from this year’s popular science books

Scale: the universal laws of life and death in organisms, cities and companies

Geoffrey West’s book outlines his research on the maths behind sophisticated systems of all kinds

Soonish: Emerging technologies that will improve and/or ruin everything

A look at what could happen in the near-ish future

Chemistry

A coming-of-age novel by a former Harvard chemist

Catch up on Classic Kit

Witt’s Plate

The chemist caught in the 19th century battle for colour

Winkler’s Bed

The accidental discovery that led to fluidisation

Bodenstein’s gauge

The apparatus that commenced a chain reaction of chemical discovery

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