Lee Jia Jun on the long journey of drug discovery

We speak to pharmacologist Lee Jia Jun about his scientific work on drugs and the reality of drug discovery.

Bernie Lee on using computers to study the chemistry of life

We speak to chemist Bernie Lee about how she conducts experiments on the computer, to study the bonding between protein and other…

Redox and photosynthesis: A simple concept, a complicated procedure

What is the relationship between redox and photosynthesis, and is it as simple as counting the oxidation numbers? Tease your brain with…

Mixtures & pure substances: The mystery of air

For most part of human history, scientists could not correctly tell whether air is a single substance or a mixture.

Brace yourself for the t(r)ooth

Thinking of whitening your teeth? Did you know you are putting hydrogen peroxide, a corrosive compound, into your mouth?

Ion formation: The colour of lightning strike

Plasma is the fourth state of matter. It sounds exotic, but it is around us, especially during a thunderstorm.

Raising the question of baking powder vs baking soda

Your kitchen is actually a chemistry lab. Baking powder and soda are bases that react with acids to raise your bread.

Ask a chemist: Were dinosaurs warm-blooded?

Isotopes are chemically similar but not identical. Their subtle difference makes them an excellent tool to find out if dinosaurs were warm…

Green chemistry: NEWSand and NEWOil

The chemistry behind how old things are made new

Negative oxygen ion face mask?

Unmask the truth about "negative oxygen ion face mask"

Purifying water

Read about the Singapore water story, as told through the lens of a chemist, and learn the separation techniques and chemicals involved in…

The chemistry of rocket science

Learn how combustion and ionisation power rockets

Oxylithe, the oxygen cake of the 1900s

Practise data-based questions as you travel back in time to find out how chemists overcame safety and design problems to deliver fresh air…