Chemistry – more specifically molecules – are an essential part of the world around us. The food we eat, the transport that takes us to work, the buildings we live in, even life itself are all based on an incredibly vast assortment of molecules. Some of these have been devised by nature, whilst others have been made by humans, but each one is responsible for a very specific task. They can range in size from very small, two atom molecules such as the nitrogen gas in the air, three atom molecules like carbon dioxide or water, to very large including DNA and other biological structures.

From diatomics to a molecule so complex it can contain 1.5 GB of information…

Unfortunately, many of the molecules we hear about are those with negative effects, damaging the environment or harming our health. There is also little reported on the many molecules that benefit out lives, that allow us to live and exist the way we are. The major issue though is a lack of reliable knowledge and an understanding, or even appreciation, for molecules.

This section of the website will deliver an account of a different molecule each month. We will explore the molecule’s background, history and uses, along with anything wacky or unusual.

Molecule of the Month Series:

a selenium sulfide ring surrounds a person. next to this is a bottle of shampoo with mushrooms growing on it.
Of the 118 elements on the periodic table some are more famous […]
Hello there! Or should we say halothane? One of the most well-known […]
a molecule of silane
A lot of the molecules we encounter every day and have talked […]
We’ve all heard a lot about ‘fat’. Whether it’s on TV, posters, […]
Alex – who you might remember from the article all about Sprout […]
This month we’re looking at a whole class of molecules – polyphenols […]
A chemical structure for carbon dioxide
Carbon dioxide must be one of the most talked about molecules in […]
Aluminium Oxide Title Image
Variety of life In his poem, “The Task”, William Cowper states that […]
Ye Olde Sweet Shop The traditional sweet shop with large glass jars […]
One advantage with masks recently is not smelling people's garlic breath! Ever wondered what molecule makes garlic so pungent yet so tasty? Time to find out! This month's molecule is allicin #chemistry #scienceblog #chemistryblog #molecule #garlic #food
The Appliance of Science There are many wonderful reasons that make chemistry, […]
corrosive sign
This month’s molecule will very likely be familiar to everyone. Whether you […]
“Trick or treat?”- Time for Halloween! This month we’re looking at all […]
Phosphine has been found in the atmosphere of Venus – and that […]
2020 marks 75 years since the end of the Second World War. […]
Acids and salts seem like very different things. Acids taste sour or […]
Molecule of the Month: 1st Anniversary It’s time for a party! What […]
May’s Molecule of the Month You’ve all heard of oxygen. It makes […]
Asthma Inhalers Salbutamol Animals
April’s Molecule of the Month As we are all well aware, the […]
March’s Molecule of the Month – Ethyl Cyanoacrylate There was once a […]
February’s Molecule of the Month Can science explain everything? So many stories […]
lactic acid has a reputation of making people regret getting fit when the cramps start
January’s Molecule of the Month January is the month of new starts, […]
Molecule of the Month: Christmas Special However However you choose to celebrate […]
November’s Molecule of the Month Brightly coloured explosions fill the sky and […]
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