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:

taurine chemical structure
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the chemical structure of DPPC is shown superimposed on a lipid vesicle.
In this molecule of the month post we’re going to be looking […]
Vanillia pods and the vanillin structure
Vanilla is one of the most popular flavours of ice cream. In […]
Let There Be Light Imagine a world without light and colour! In […]
Falling fake snow
It the Christmas season, for one more day at least. Another year […]
Words are very important in science. Yes, there is often lots of […]
an autumn leaf with colours caused by anthocyanin molecules - the structures of the molecules are superimposed on the leaf
How do you know it’s autumn? Well, there are a few telltale […]
crown ether royal molecule
There’s only one thing in the news this month in the UK […]
This month we’re going to talk about Xenon Difluoride. A molecule that […]
the structure of octenol
Summer is finally here! The sun is shining, the sky is blue […]
It’s summer time! For many people that means sunbathing, going to the […]
Cisplatin is shown bound to DNA with the chemical symbol for Platinum shown next to it.
This year marks 70 years since Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne. In […]
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 […]
Molecule of the Month #3 - written by Marcus Taylor. Ever wondered what causes hay fever and what those little tablets do to help? Find out all about this month's molecule - Cetirizine!
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