Chemistry is a branch of science that involves the study of the composition, structure and properties of matter. Often known as the central science, it is a creative discipline chiefly concerned with atomic and molecular structure and its change, for instance through chemical reactions.


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    Juris Meija takes a look at the tumultuous past of the atomic unit of mass from its beginnings as an idea to its most recent revisions in a hotel bar.

    • Juris Meija
    Nature Physics 18, 602
  • Editorial |

    Retrosynthesis is a common strategy for the design of synthetic routes to organic molecules. Implementing the concept in materials science is a further step towards guided approaches to materials synthesis.

  • Comments & Opinion |

    R/S Chemistry is a free, game-based learning tool for students to practise stereochemical assignments in an interactive setting, leading to increased student engagement in the topic.

    • Francesca M. Ippoliti
    • , Melinda M. Nguyen
    •  & Neil K. Garg
  • News & Views |

    Heterogeneous catalysis is often plagued by incompatibility of a catalyst’s reactivity and stability. Now, covalent organic frameworks linked by reactive, yet stable, N-heterocyclic carbene precursors are synthesized and the frameworks are subsequently used as cathodes in Li–S batteries.

    • Guolong Xing
    •  & Long Chen
    Nature Synthesis 1, 341-343