They were the wonder molecules – that turned into an atmospheric nightmare. Find out about chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in this week’s Chemistry in its element podcast.

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Iron hexacyanoferrate gave artists the (Prussian) blues. And they loved it. Laura Howes paints a picture with (almost) a thousand words in this week’s Chemistry in its element podcast.

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It’s been touted as the ‘trust molecule’ or the ‘cuddle chemical’ – but is there any evidence that oxytocin has any effect on how we behave? Find out in this week’s Chemistry in its element podcast.

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Pliny the elder though it was the gods’ way of limiting the awesome power of iron weapons. But what exactly is rust and how does it form? Find out in this week’s Chemistry in its element

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These inorganic polymers are widely used, from the bathroom to the kitchen. Find out about the chemistry of silicones in this week’s Chemistry in its element

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It was the secret vampire-killing weapon in the movie Blade, and it’s responsible for all those undergraduate titrations. Find out about the chemistry of super-chelating ligand EDTA in this week’s Chemistry in its element

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You know that smell after a rainstorm? It’s actually a compound called geosmin. Find out more in this week’s Chemistry in its element

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Its synthesis kickstarted organic chemistry and it’s widely used in industry.  But did you know that urea is pretty much odourless?? Find out more in this week’s Chemistry in its element

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The beer drank by ancient Nubians contained an antibiotic, which kept them healthy. Find out about the discovery of tetracyclines - antibiotics isolated from soil fungus - in this week’s Chemistry in its element

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It’s the kitchen acid everyone knows and loves. Find out about the hundreds of uses of vinegar – and the chemistry behind them - in this week’s Chemistry in its element

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