Chemistry TWDK Chemistry doodle by Giles Meakin

The science of ‘stuff’, Chemistry seeks to understand what things are made of, and how these constituents behave. This involves studying the interactions between atoms and the larger structures they form, predicting further interactions, and deriving practical applications of this knowledge.

Due to the highly versatile nature of carbon and the way it interacts with the other elements, chemistry is traditionally divided into three main subdisciplines. The first is organic chemistry: the study of molecules built around a framework of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen atoms. The second subdiscipline is inorganic chemistry, which is the study of all of the remaining chemicals and their interactions. Finally, physical chemists crunch numbers to analyse the inherent properties of chemical reactions and apply the laws of physics to chemical phenomena. These three subdisciplines overlap, combine and are applied to many different fields to produce a range of branches impacting on practically every aspect of the world around us.

We've published 17 articles and 25 specialist blog posts about chemistry so far, featuring 352 unanswered chemistry questions! But we're not done yet as there are still plenty of ongoing chemistry research areas to write about, so come back soon!

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The tipping points at the heart of the climate crisis
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Many parts of the Earth’s climate system have been destabilised by warming – and scientists believe that if one collapses others could follow
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Susan Trumbore, who earned her Ph.D. at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, is among the recipients of the 2020 Balzan Prize, one of the most prestigious international awards in natural science and humanities.
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Entropy
Entropy or disorder, is a scientific measure of things spreading out, of uncertainty, or of the information required to describe something. Entropy always increases, so what impact does it have on our universe, our materials, and our concept of exist
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Pregnancy
There are many unknowns when it comes to pregnancy, and many accepted phenomena are still unexplained, or simply attributed to "hormones" or "the placenta" (a complex and poorly understood organ!)
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Plastics
What happens to plastic when it gets disposed of into the environment, and how might it affect us?
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Keystone species
If a keystone species is lost, the entire ecosystem can collapse.
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Extraterrestrial life
The search for alien life catches many people's imagination and has always been a very public branch of science. So with all this investigation, why has our search revealed nothing? Are we truly alone in the Universe?
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Particles
On scales too small to see are weird and wonderful particles. Their bizarre properties make up the world around us, yet we hardly know a thing about them!

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Categorising Things is “Evil”
Thursday 21st of May 2020
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POPs
Wednesday 12th of February 2020
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Lifetime of a Plastic Bag
Wednesday 19th of June 2019
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Can we power the world with HYDROGEN?
Saturday 27th of April 2019
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TWDK magnifying glassAnalytical Chemistry looks at what things are made of, and finding new ways to determine what they're made of.

TWDK magnifying glassAstrochemistry is the study of the chemical make-up of the universe, and the reactions and interactions that take place in stars and other astronomical bodies.

TWDK magnifying glassBiochemistry is a broad area of chemistry covering the chemical processes involved in life itself.

TWDK magnifying glassEnvironmental Chemistry tracks chemical processes in soil, air and water, and studies how they interact with humans, plants and animals.

TWDK magnifying glassGeochemistry is the use of Chemistry to study the composition and mechanisms of major geological systems such as Earth.

TWDK magnifying glassGreen Chemistry is concerned with the design and development of new sustainable technologies and products.

TWDK magnifying glassInorganic Chemistry looks at the entire periodic table, its trends, the formation of non-carbon-based compounds and their applications in new technologies.

TWDK magnifying glassMaterials Science deals with the structures and properties of materials.

TWDK magnifying glassNuclear Chemistry is the science of radioactive elements, and studies the effect of radiation on the chemistry of materials.

TWDK magnifying glassOrganic Chemistry focusses on carbon-based compounds such as those that make up life, and deals with molecular reactions and drug syntheses.

TWDK magnifying glassPhysical Chemistry uses mathematical modelling to discover the rate laws, mechanisms and underlying principles behind core chemistry.

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