The Chemistry Podcast from Nature

The Chemistry Podcast from Nature
The stories behind the hottest chemistry research in the Nature Journals

July/August 2009
Mar 23, 2014 • 33 min
In this episode, host Mark Peplow talks to the scientists behind mini DNA ‘circuit boards’, protein sensing with gold nanoparticles, and measuring what happens when you rip an electron from its molecule. Plus, reporter Katharine Sanderson looks into the…
January/February 2009
Mar 23, 2014 • 29 min
This show features the very first paper from our brand new journal Nature Chemistry; listen in to discover how to pair nucleotides in a cage. Plus, a new form of the element boron, how to make a nasty seafood toxin in the lab, and eccentric English…
March/April 2009
Mar 23, 2014 • 29 min
On this show, how DNA can measure the pH inside living cells, a way to speed up drug screening, all the gossip from the American Chemical Society’s spring meeting, and we crack one of the toughest problems in organic chemistry: breaking the…
November/December 2009
Dec 21, 2009 • 30 min
We’re showcasing two new ways to deliver drugs more effectively in this show, using nano-carriers and superbly picky compounds. Plus, a tale of two catalysts, and reporter Katharine Sanderson finds out why green fluorescent protein glows.
September/October 2009
Oct 26, 2009 • 29 min
Ribosomes are the stars of the show this week, as we chat to two scientists awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry for figuring out their structure, and find out how they’re being reprogrammed to use artificial amino acids. Plus: polymer-based solar…
May/June 2009
Jun 22, 2009 • 26 min
On this episode, hear how mass spectrometry is helping to identify particular assemblies of proteins that could be responsible for Alzheimer’s, find out how to synthesise terpenes in a new way, and discover carbon behaving like a metal, and metals…
September/October 2008
Oct 24, 2008 • 37 min
In this bumper episode, we meet the researchers who’ve created a colour-changing polymer that could be used in electronic books, celebrate the extraordinary life and work of ‘Mr Stereochemistry’, survey the organo-catalysis landscape, and find out what’s…
ChemPod Extra: Martin Chalfie: 2008
Oct 24, 2008 • 17 min
Martin Chalfie has just been awarded a Nobel Prize for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, or GFP. In this exclusive interview for ChemPod, he tells us how he found out that he’d won the Prize, how he first came across the…
July/August 2008
Sep 5, 2008 • 24 min
Chempod is going green this episode as we report from the latest American Chemical Society meeting where sustainability was big on the agenda. Plus gold catalysis, self-assembling molecules and the terrorism suspect who’s been banned from studying school…
May/June 2008
Jun 25, 2008 • 27 min
In this special nanotechnology show, we discover how a team from MIT are getting nanoparticles into cells, do a spot of interstellar chemistry with an escaping sugar molecule, issue a health warning for those working with carbon nanotubes, and we take a…
March/April 2008
Apr 22, 2008 • 29 min
In this episode of Chempod, we get caught up in catalysis, discover drawbacks to some Alzheimer’s drug candidates, and bring you a round up of the best of the American Chemical Society meeting in New Orleans.
January/February 2008
Feb 15, 2008 • 30 min
Find out how DNA is helping researches build crystals out of nanoparticles, discover a clever chemical trick for manipulating uranium, explore the controversial field of DNA conductivity and talk to chemist Bruce Gibb about re-building life and lab after…
October/November 2007
Nov 13, 2007 • 18 min
Find out about an exciting new approach to mass spectrometry, how tiny graphite particles replace biological membranes to couple redox enzymes and we speak to Nobel prize winner Richard Schrock about metathesis.
August/September 2007
Sep 4, 2007 • 26 min
A new enzyme working in a surprising way, why chemists make molecules that mimic nature, how to fish for drug targets with high-throughput screening, and the poetic side of the ACS meeting in Boston.
June/July 2007
Jul 3, 2007 • 29 min
How our eyes work, taking a tour of the chemistry blogosphere, Harry Kroto on whether the British government is killing chemistry, and a famed chemist’s special birthday conference.
September 2006
Sep 7, 2006 • 14 min
Microscopic tags, molecular handedness, improving DNA and RNA, protease drugs and suicidal cancer cells
March 2006
Mar 23, 2006 • 26 min
The firefly light, biomolecular labelling, polymeric transistors, DNA self assembly and nanotechnology, microfluidics and sulfur chemistry