August’s Molecule of the Month

Cetirizine ­Sunshine, hot weather and holidays, summer time brings them all. For many the summer is the best time of the year and yet for one in five people the warm, humid weather can bring misery. This is because they suffer from a type of allergic rhinitis commonly known as hay-fever! Summer isn't all it's... Continue Reading →

July’s Molecule of the Month

Isovaleric acid 2019 marks two very important anniversaries with connections to the moon. The first celebrates 50 years since man first set foot on the moon and Neil Armstrong’s famous quote (or misquote).* The other marks 20 years since the first Wallace & Gromit short film ‘A Grand Day Out’ had its premiere in Bristol.... Continue Reading →

June’s Molecule of the Month

Retinal If you could have any superpower then many of us would like to fly or be incredibly strong or perform magic. Another superpower might be to see in the dark and yet spend enough time in a dark or dim room and eventually the grey outlines of the shapes around us become apparent. It... Continue Reading →

Role Models: Percy Lavon Julian

Who was Dr Julian? Dr Percy Lavon Julian became a pioneer and leader in the chemical industry. His work included a foam for fire extinguishers that saved lives during World War 2, helping a Jewish scientist leave the Axis-controlled Austria, medical treatments for hundreds of diseases through steroid-based medicines and discoveries that led to birth... Continue Reading →

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