A monthly collaboration between C&EN and Andy Brunning, chemistry educator and author of the popular graphics blog Compound Interest.
To see more of Brunning’s work, go to http://compoundchem.com.
Learn how plant fertilizers make use of the periodic table.
MARCH 22, 2020
Examine the CBD craze, how the compound works, and how it’s regulated.
FEBRUARY 24, 2020
Explore water’s unique behavior when temperatures plummet.
JANUARY 26, 2020
Learn how Phos-Chek, a fire retardant used to stop forest blazes.
NOVEMBER 24, 2019
Examine the latest on these promising energy-storage devices.
OCTOBER 27, 2019
Learn about the chemicals that help insects protect themselves and communicate.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2019
Dig into the chemical methods used to protect our pets from disease-carrying bugs.
AUGUST 25, 2019
Dive in and find out how some ingredients may damage coral reefs.
JULY 14, 2019
Learn about the impact of the top 5 chemical products.
JUNE 15, 2019
How the big bang and reactions in stars forged the elements.
MAY 5, 2019
Zero in on the parts of the periodic table that make life possible.
MARCH 31, 2019
Learn what they do and what they don’t filter out.
FEBRUARY 17, 2019
Compare the ingredients in the two different laundry formulations.
JANUARY 27, 2019
Remembering our most-read news and feature stories of the year.
DECEMBER 5, 2018
Illuminates the materials science behind various lighting options.
NOVEMBER 19, 2018
Examine the molecules exploited by the carnivorous plant to lure, catch, and digest its prey.
OCTOBER 14, 2018
Examine the chemistry and impact of cisplatin and its sibling compounds
SEPTEMBER 16, 2018
Dive deep into the types of air we need in order to breathe underwater
JULY 27, 2018
Probe the molecular makeup of the molten rock and gases spewed by volcanoes
JULY 8, 2018
Wring all the molecular details out of the popular goo
JUNE 13, 2018
Explore the similarities and differences between the two bath products.
MAY 14, 2018
Learn what happens (or doesn’t) after you throw those bottles and bags in the recycle bin.
APRIL 19, 2018
Examine the ingredients and molecules that lend the cocktail flavorings their pungency.
March 12, 2018
Learn if air fresheners actually ‘kill’ bad odors.
February 19, 2018
Explaining wildfire combustion and its impact on human health and the environment.
January 15, 2018
Cycle through the chemistry used to wash our delicates.
November 13, 2017
Discover the chemistry that makes spider silk strong and elastic.
October 16, 2017
Examine what gives these adhesives their stickiness.
September 11, 2017
Learn how refrigerants help keep us cool on hot summer days.
August 21, 2017
Learn the science behind ice cream and other icy treats.
July 17, 2017
Learn about the drugs behind the public health crisis.
June 12, 2017
Learn about the types of viral hepatitis and ways to treat them.
May 15, 2017
Discover the chemistry behind the Spring tradition.
April 10, 2017
Peer into the scientific evidence behind wrinkle creams.
March 6, 2017
Learn about the molecules responsible for your cinematic experience.
February 20, 2017
Learn the chemical tactics conifers use to make it through the winter.
January 16, 2017
Learn the biochemistry of stress and anxiety.
January 2, 2017
Learn why the compact components sometimes burst into flame.
November 14, 2016
Discover the chemistry behind the nanotechnology in products around your house.
October 10, 2016
Learn the science involved in preserving your home-grown fruits and veggies.
September 12, 2016
Learn more about the chemical intrigue behind the Russian sports-doping scandal.
August 8, 2016
Some fun facts about the metals in pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters
July 11, 2016
Survey the compounds dentists use to keep your pearly whites healthy.
June 13, 2016
Learn how your shades protect your eyeballs from the sun’s radiation.
May 9, 2016
Learn why April showers roll off of raincoats and treated windshields.
April 11, 2016
Take a peek inside the delectable molecular world of chocolate.
March 14, 2016
Examine how the molecular makeup of flower food helps preserve petals.
February 22, 2016
See how these winter must-haves protect and moisturize.
January 11, 2016
Sample the toxic and healthful molecules behind the decorative fruits.
December 7, 2015
Examining a dose of the molecules behind decongestants, cough syrups, and throat lozenges.
November 16, 2015
Before you get out the pumpkin-carving kit, take a look at this spooktacular review of this seasonal squash.
October 12, 2015
Explore the blend of chemicals used by pens to leave their indelible marks.
September 21, 2015
Explore some warm-weather-loving insects and their chemical compounds.
August 17, 2015
It's summer, so many of us are dusting off the grill and salivating at the thought of barbecue.
July 13, 2015
Sample the molecular makeup of this sweet summer fruit
June 15, 2015
Exploring the origins of hay fever and how we squelch it
May 11, 2015
Exploring the molecular makeup of these symbols of spring
April 13, 2015
Exploring the famous beer’s bubbles and bitterness
March 16, 2015
Examining the scientific evidence behind the titillating claims
February 9, 2015
Profiling molecules that keep our roads and runways clear during winter
January 12, 2015
Exploring the molecular basis of holiday smells
December 8, 2014