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Welcome to the Molecule of the Month page!

This is one of the longest running chemistry webpages on the internet. Each month since January 1996 a new molecule has been added to the list on this page. The links will take you to a page at one of the Web sites at a University Chemistry Department or commercial site in the UK, the US, or anywhere in the world, where useful (and hopefully entertaining!), information can be found about a particularly interesting molecule.

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DateMoleculeVersionsContributorLocation
July 2016 Resveratrol
The Fountain of Youth and the explanation for the French Paradox?
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Paul MayBristol University
June 2016 Cobalt chloride
A drug used to dope racehorses that's also a water indicator.
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
May 2016 Vitamin K
The vitamin required for blood klotting
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Paul MayBristol University
April 2016 Acetic acid
The main constituent of vinegar.
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
March 2016 Melanin
The pigment that causes different skin colours
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February 2016 Cocaine
The notorious recreational drug.
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
January 2016 Congo Red
A red dye, but not from the Congo
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Paul May Bristol University
December 2015 Codeine and Oxycodone
Painkillers that can become addictive.
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
November 2015 Vitamin D
...or how Shaun the Sheep helps prevent rickets!
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Paul MayBristol University
October 2015 Ivermectin
The treatment for river blindness.
HTML Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
September 2015 Stevioside
The ‘natural’ sweetener that’s an alternative to sugar.
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Paul MayBristol University
August 2015 Beta-Damascenone
A rose by any other name...
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
July 2015 Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)
A molecule of relaxation...
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Gabriella Zanetti Hull Collegiate School
Hull, UK
June 2015 1,3-Butadiene
Golf balls, tyres and Lego.
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Paul MayBristol University
May 2015 Dinitrophenol (DNP)
The weight-loss pill that's potentially fatal.
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
April 2015 Colchicine
The poison that's also a treatment for gout.
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
March 2015 Fentanyl
The knock-out gas controversially used to end the Moscow theatre siege
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Paul May Bristol University
February 2015 Thiomersal
The molecule that prevents vaccines from going stale.
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
January 2015 Tetranitratoxycarbon
The explosive molecule discovered by a 10-year-old girl.
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Paul May Bristol University
December 2014 Trinitrotoluene (TNT)
The explosive that won WWI & WWII
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Mike Thompson and George Innes Rugby School, UK
November 2014 Triclosan
The antibacterial molecule found in soaps, detergents, toys and surgical cleaning treatments that maybe becoming an enviromental problem
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
October 2014 Aconitine
A poisoner’s potion of choice.
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Paul MayBristol University
September 2014 Tramadol
The painkiller used by racing cyclists to give them an edge
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
August 2014 Myristicin
The psychoactive molecule in nutmegs, and the story of the nut that changed the world.
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Paul May Bristol University
July 2014 Salvinorin A
The psychoactive drug that's the key ingredient in Mexican Magic Mint
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
June 2014 Chloroauric acid
What you get when you dissolve gold in acid.
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Bangladesh
May 2014 Sucrose
Table sugar
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Paul MayBristol University
April 2014 Streptomycin
One of the main drugs to treat Tuberculosis.
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
March 2014 Cholesterol
Bile, membranes, hormones, vitamins and untimely death (and more)
HTML Ben Benjamin Torbay Hospital
Devon, UK
February 2014 Fluorine
The most reactive non-metal
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Mike Thompson and Hugh Campbell Rugby School, UK
January 2014 Hydrazine
Rocket fuel, spandex suits, power stations and car air-bags!
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Paul MayBristol University
Dec 2013 Dimethyldisulfide
A molecule with a-rum smell...
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
November 2013 Silica
The macromolecule that makes up sand, glass and quartz, and which is a major component of rocks and mountains.
HTML Guillermo Godino Sedano King´s College
Madrid, Spain
Oct 2013 Linalool
The main component of lavender oil, which is also found in lots of other places.
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
Sept 2013 1,1,1,2-Tetrafluroethane
The refrigerant gas that replaced CFCs
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
August 2013 Bisphenol A
The controversial plastic additive
HTML Mia Monte School of Ramiro de Maeztu
Madrid, Spain
July 2013 Wilkinson's catalyst
The famous inorganic catalyst
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
June 2013 Ammonia
A very important molecule for biological organisms to make proteins or nucleic acids
HTML Quazi Hasibul Hasan and Niloy Kumar Das Shahjalal Science & Technology University
Bangladesh
May 2013 Artemisinin
The new antimalarial drug from China
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
April 2013 Phenylbutazone
The controversial horse painkiller
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Paul May Bristol University
March 2013 Lithium Aluminium Hydride
The versatile reducing agent
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February 2013 Vaska's Compound
An inorganic molecule that reversibly binds oxygen
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
January 2013 Fluoroform
It's not the same as chloroform!
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
December 2012 Nitrogen Dioxide
One of the gases in smog
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
November 2012 Galanthamine
The anti-Alzheimers' drug derived from snowdrops
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
October 2012 Medroxyprogesterone acetate
The drug used for chemical castration
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Paul May Bristol University
September 2012 Filbertone
The smell of hazelnuts.
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
August 2012 Captopril
The treatment for high blood pressure derived from snake venom
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Paul May Bristol University
July 2012 Raspberry Ketone (or Rheosmin or Frambinone)
The smell of raspberries.
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
June 2012 Tropane
The bicyclic amine that is the precursor to $4 billion pharmaceutical industries
VRML Quazi Hasibul Hasan Shahjalal University of Science & Technology
Bangladesh
May 2012 Carbon Dioxide
The gas we exhale that's both a Greenhouse gas and a fire extinguisher
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Mike Thompson and Jess Abel Rugby School, UK
April 2012 Lauric Acid
The main constituent of coconut oil
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Paul May Bristol University
March 2012 Phenylethylamine
and the amine responsible for the 'Cheese effect'
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
February 2012 Botulinum Toxin
The anti-wrinkle treatment that's the most powerful neurotoxin known.
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Guillermo Godino Sedano King´s College
Madrid, Spain
January 2012 DMSO (Dimethyl sulfoxide)
The smelly solvent that may have a variety of medical uses
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Paul May Bristol University
December 2011 2,4,6-Tribromophenol
The test for phenol
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Simon Cotton University of Birmingham
November 2011 Hydrogen Cyanide
From Prussian Blue to Schrödinger's Cat
HTML Alberto Morón Hernández King's College
Madrid, Spain
October 2011 Sodium Hypochlorite
The chemical name for household bleach
HTML Paul MayBristol University
September 2011 Doxycycline
The antibiotic that's an alternative to penicillin
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
August 2011 Benzene
The first aromatic compound
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Mike Thompson and Charlie StyleRugby School, UK
July 2011 Sulfanilamide
The antibiotic drug that saved the life of Winston Churchill
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
June 2011 Endosulfan
The controversial insecticide
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Paul May Bristol University
May 2011 Octanal
The smell of oranges that birds use as 'perfume'
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
April 2011 Eribulin (Halaven)
The anti-cancer drug made from a sea-sponge
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Paul May Bristol University
March 2011 Muscone
The deer musk used in perfumes
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
February 2011 Warfarin
The blood anti-coagulant used as a rat poison
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January 2011 DEET
The spray-on insect repellant
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Paul May Bristol University
December 2010 Eucalyptol (1,8-Cineole)
A koala's favourite food
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
November 2010 Kevlar
The super-tough fibre used to make bullet-proof vests
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Paul May Bristol University
October 2010 Heptan-2-one
The stilton cheese molecule
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
September 2010 Kispeptin
The molecule of puberty and sexual fertility
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Paul May Bristol University
August 2010 THG (tetrahydrogestrinone)
The illegal performance-enhancing drug used by some athletes and sportspeople
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
July 2010 Insulin
The hormone that converts sugar in the blood into a source of energy
for our body's metabolic processes
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June 2010 Nylon
The wonder material that made stockings, parachutes and toothbrushes
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
May 2010Diacetyl
The buttery flavour of popcorn, butterscotch, and margarine.
HTML Trevor Gates Western Oregon University
USA
April 2010 Glycine
The amino-acid that may have kick-started life on Earth
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
March 2010 Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
The main cleaning agent in soap and detergent.
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Zara Kauffer and Paul May Bristol University
February 2010 Heavy Water
It's water - just heavier!
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
January 2010 Green Fluorescent Protein
A molecular tag that can be inserted into genes to make animals and plants glow green.
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Timothy King and Paul May Bristol University
December 2009 1-Octen-3-ol
The smell of mushrooms.
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
November 2009 Citalopram
A new treatment for depression
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Benjamin Rawe and Paul May Bristol University
October 2009 Strychnine
The performance enhancing deadly poison
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Paul M. Burnham Greenhead College
Huddersfield, UK
September 2009 Anandamide
The molecule of extreme pleasure.
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Sujit Kumar Kar S.K. Foundation
Orissa, India
August 2009 Geosmin
The smell of the countryside.
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
July 2009 Cyanoacrylate
Superglue!
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Sarwat Baig University of Bristol
June 2009 Teflon (PTFE)
The non-stick coating on frying pans.
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Layth Hendow Hull Collegiate School
Yorkshire, UK
May 2009 Bombykol
The sex pheromone of the silk moth.
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
April 2009 Retinal
The molecule of vision
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Joshua Howgego and Paul May University of Bristol
March 2009 Hydrogen Sulphide
The smell of rotten eggs.
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
February 2009Indigotin
The dye used to colour blue jeans
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Richard Marsh and Paul May University of Bristol
January 2009 Oxytocin
The molecule involved in pregnancy, breastfeeding and sexual fidelity!
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
December 2008 Taurine
The stimulant in the 'energy drink' Red Bull - but does it give you wings?
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Richard Marsh and Paul May University of Bristol
November 2008 2-Methylundecanal
The smell of Chanel No.5 perfume.
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
Oct 2008 Dopamine
The neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of pleasure and well-being
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Sian Gregory and Paul M. Burnham Hillsborough College
Sheffield, UK
Sept 2008 Uric acid
The molecule that causes gout and kidney stones, and is found in bird droppings
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Mike Thompson Winchester College
UK
August 2008 Folic Acid
A necessary ingredient for building DNA, cells and babies.
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Dominic Taylor and Paul May University of Bristol
July 2008 Isoprene
The building block for terpenes and rubber, and the molecule that makes the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, blue.
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
June 2008 Histamine
The molecule associated with immune response, allergies and hayfever.
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Michael Charles Hatch and Paul May University of Bristol
May 2008 Sulfuric acid
The acid that's the 'King of Chemicals'
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Mike Thompson Winchester College
UK
April 2008 Sulphur Hexafluoride
The unreactive gas that's found in electrical insulation, trainers and double-glazing.
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
March 2008 Limonene
The industrial degreasing agent found in orange peel.
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Paul M. Burnham Hillsborough College
Sheffield, UK
February 2008 Vanillin
The flavour of vanilla icecream.
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
January 2008 Herceptin
The controversial drug used to treat breast cancer.
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December 2007 Methane
The greenhouse gas that cooks our food.
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
November 2007 Nitric Acid
The starting point for explosives and fertilisers.
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Paul May University of Bristol
October 2007 Nitroglycerine
The explosive component in dynamite.
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
September 2007 Propanethial S-oxide
The molecule that makes you cry when peeling onions.
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Paul M. Burnham Hillsborough College
Sheffield, UK
August 2007 Menthol
The cooling smell of mint.
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
July 2007 Monosodium Glutamate
The molecule that enhances taste in food.
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Pio Monti Kings College School
Madrid, Spain
June 2007 Lutein and Zeaxanthin
The chemistry and biology of the colourful carotenoids we eat as food, or which make the pigments in songbirds' feathers
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James D. Johnson Alumnus
Dept of Chemistry
Florida State University
May 2007 Acetyl Coenzyme-A
The molecule that makes fats, or burns them
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Paul May University of Bristol
April 2007 Glucose
The sugary source of energy for plants and animals
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Mike Thompson Winchester College
UK
March 2007 Methamphetamine
The pick-me-up also known as 'speed'.
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
February 2007 Sodium Thiopental (Sodium Pentothal)
The 'Truth Serum' used in many spy movies.
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Adriano Taylor King´s College
Madrid, Spain
January 2007 Prostanoic Acid and Prostagladins
Important natural molecules that resemble hormones and have a range of biological effects.
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Paul May University of Bristol
December 2006 Ethene
The anaesthetic gas that's used to make polythene
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
November 2006 Pentacene
The p-type organic semiconductor which can be used to make organic electronics.
HTML Fabio Pichierri Tohoku University
Sendai, Japan
October 2006 Chloroform
The anaesthetic and solvent
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Stephen Belding University of Oxford
September 2006 Hydrogen Peroxide
Rocket fuel and bleached blondes...
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
August 2006 Cinnamaldehyde
The smell and taste of the spice cinnamon.
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Paul M. Burnham Hillsborough College
Sheffield, UK
July 2006 Tamiflu
The anti-flu drug that might protect us froma bird-flu epidemic
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Emily Campbell University of Bristol
June 2006 The Manganese-calcium oxide cluster of Photosystem II
(The Oxygen Evolving Complex)

The complex that cyanobacteria use to split water, release oxygen, and which helped start life on Earth.
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James D. Johnson Florida State University
Tallahassee
USA
May 2006 Linoleic Acid
The vegetable oil that's used to make margarine
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Paul May University of Bristol
April 2006 Skatole
The smell of human excrement
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
March 2006 Cucurbituril
A pumpkin-shaped molecule
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Fabio Pichierri Tohoku University
Sendai, Japan
Feb 2006 Hemoglobin
The oxygen-carrying molecule found in blood
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Paul May University of Bristol
January 2006 Batrachotoxin
The poison found on the skin of Amazonian frogs
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
December 2005 Formic Acid (Methanoic Acid)
The poison from ants and stinging nettles
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Mathieu Laffitte Freelance writer
France
November 2005 Carbon Monoxide
The poisonous gas from car exhausts
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Mike Thompson Winchester College
UK
October 2005 Dimethylsulphide
The smell of truffles
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
September 2005 Dioxin
The pollutant that caused the Seveso disaster
HTML Fabio Pichierri Tohoku University
Sendai, Japan
August 2005 Linezolid
A new type of oxazolidinone antibiotic
HTML Rafal Klajn Northwestern University
USA
July 2005 Quinine
The anti-malarial drug that's found in gin and tonic
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
June 2005 Dichlorodifluoromethane (Freon)
Freon gas, the CFC refrigerant that damages the ozone layer.
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Monmouth
Oregon, USA
May 2005 British Anti-Lewisite
The chelating molecule that's used to treat heavy metal poisoning.
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G. Patrick Daubert, MD
Regional Poison Control Center
Wayne State University Children's Hospital of Michigan
Detroit
USA
April 2005 Serotonin
A molecule of happiness.
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Claire Rosling University of Bristol
March 2005 Hexenal
The key aroma substance emitted when grass is cut.
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
Feb 2005 Galactosylceramide
The chemical found in the brain which is a constituent of nerve cells and intestinal membranes - and which may be implicated in promoting diseases such as HIV.
HTML Jacques Fantini, Nicolas Garmy,
Nadira Taieb and Nouara Yahi
Université Paul Cézanne
Marseille, France
Jan 2005 Arsine
The poisonous gas that was an important molecule in the history of forensic science.
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
Dec 2004 Maleimide-Polyethylene Glycol (MPEG4)
Modified human hemoglobin that can be used as a blood substitute.
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Rachele Melious and Paula Theobald
San Diego Mesa College
San Diego, CA, USA
Nov 2004 Morphine
The sedative and painkiller.
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Montreal, Canada
Oct 2004 Butane
The fuel in portable cookers, and much more...
HTML Feng Wang Swinburne University of Technology
Melbourne, Australia
Sept 2004 Ubiquitin
A ubiquitous protein
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Poland
Aug 2004 Trimethylamine
The cause of 'fish breath' in some people.
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
July 2004 Atenolol
A beta-blocker drug used for treating high blood pressure and angina.
HTML Ravi Bhandari Imperial College London
June 2004 Flunitrazepam (Rohypnol)
The notorious 'date rape' drug.
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Gemma Gaitskell Phillips and Paula Fitzgerald Kings College
Madrid, Spain
May 2004 Osmium Tetroxide
The useful chemical reagent that was recently called the "billionaire's chemical weapon"
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Mike Thompson Winchester College
UK
Apr 2004 Cantharidin
The 'Spanish Fly' aphrodisiac that's also a beetle defense chemical.
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Gérard Dupuis & Nicole Berland Lycée Faidherbe
Lille, France.
Mar 2004 EDTA
A molecule with a 'complex story', that's found in mayonnaise, beans and Big Macs.
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Scott A. Sinex Prince George's Community College
Largo, MD, USA
Feb 2004 Combretastatin A-4
A Zulu poison that can be used to treat cancer
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Mike Thompson Winchester College
UK
Jan 2004 Rotenone
An important piscicide and insecticide
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Emma Castrique Bristol University
Dec 2003 Sulphur Dioxide
A major component of acid rain
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Mike Thompson Winchester College
UK
Nov 2003 S-Adenosyl Methionine
A biological methylating agent
HTML Rich Blatchly Keene State College
Keene
NH, USA
Oct 2003 Dimethyl Mercury
The toxic compound that caused the Minamata disaster
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
Sept 2003 Carnitine
An acyl-carrying nursing biomolecule.
HTML Hans R. Scholte Erasmus MC-University Medical Center
Rotterdam
Holland
Aug 2003 Fluoxetine (Prozac)
The active ingredient behind the World's most widely used antidepressant drug.
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July 2003 Caeruloplasmin
An enigmatic copper metalloprotein.
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June 2003 Pnictogen
A group of materials that might be used to convert electricity into heat and vice versa.
HTML David Bradley Freelance Science Writer
May 2003 N3 Amide Dyes
A new way to make 'metallo-organic' solar cells
HTML Jean-Jacques Lagref Novartis Pharma AG
Basel
Switzerland.
Apr 2003 Ketamine
The notorious recreational drug
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Tim Aldridge University of Bristol
Mar 2003 Ethyl Acetate
The source of many natural odours
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
Feb 2003 Spidroin
Spider silk and spider poisons
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Vivienne Li Bristol University
Jan 2003 Arsenic Pentachloride, AsCl5
A molecule with unusual bonding
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
Dec 2002 Hemlock (Coniine)
The poison that killed Socrates
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John Huggins Thrybergh Comprehensive School
Rotherham, UK
Nov 2002 Dettol
The antiseptic cleaning fluid
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Mike Thompson Winchester College
UK
Oct 2002 Epothilone
A new anti-cancer drug
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France
Sept 2002 Ibogaine
The anti-addiction drug
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David Bradley Freelance Science Writer
Aug 2002 Uranium Hexafluoride, UF6
The source of uranium for nuclear power
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
July 2002 Alliin
The chemistry of garlic
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June 2002 Tryptophan
The controversial food supplement
HTML Kimberly Dick and Michel Hachey Advanced Chemistry Develpment
Toronto, Canada
May 2002 Etorphine
An elephant tranquiliser
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
Apr 2002 Beta-Carotene
The colour of carrots
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Martha Evens University of Bristol
Mar 2002 Mifepristone (RU-486)
The 'morning after' pill
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Liverpool John Moores University
Feb 2002 Atropine
The muscle relaxant used in surgery
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Sara Kennedy Armthorpe School
Doncaster, UK
Jan 2002 Relenza
The anti-flu drug
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Dec 2001 Nitrogen Triiodide
The well-known explosive crystals
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Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
Nov 2001 Ibuprofen
A painkiller
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John Bower University of Bristol
Oct 2001 Tetracycline
The anti-biotic
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Rafal Klajn Institute of Organic Chemistry
PAN, Warsaw
Poland
Sept 2001 Methyl Jasmonate
The smell of jasmine flowers
HTML
Chime
VRML
JMol
Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland, UK
Aug 2001 Nicotine
The addictive drug in tobacco
HTML Muriel Fabre, Guillaume Bouchon, Sébastien Abry and Daniel Simon École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
France
July 2001 VX gas
The notorious nerve agent
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Chime
Cavus Batki University of Bristol
June 2001 ClF3
Rocket fuel
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Chime
VRML
JMol
Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland
May 2001 Brassinolide
The plant growth hormone
HTML
Chime
VRML
JMol
Martin A. Iglesias-Arteaga University of Havana
Cuba
Apr 2001 Capsaicin
The heat of chillis
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Chime
VRML
Matthew Bellringer University of Bristol
Mar 2001 Frontalin
A beetle signal pheremone
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Chime
Gérard Dupuis and
Nicole Berland
Lycée Faidherbe
Lille, France.
Feb 2001 Aspartame
A synthetic sweetener
HTML
Chime
VRML
JMol
D. Eric Walters Finch University of Health Sciences
The Chicago Medical School
Chicago, USA
Jan 2001 Tetraethyl Lead
The anti-knock agent in petroleum
HTML
Chime
VRML
JMol
Simon Cotton Uppingham School
Rutland
Dec 2000 2,4,5-T (Agent Orange)
The notorious Vietnam War defoliant
HTML
Chime
VRML
John Hardy University of Bristol
Nov 2000 Bis(2,4-dinitrophenyl) oxalate (DNPO)
Light-emitting chemicals
HTML Daniel Ormsby University of Leeds
Oct 2000 Nandrolone
The controversial anabolic steroid
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Chime
VRML
JMol
Paul May University of Bristol
Sept 2000 ABT-594 and Epibatidine
A painkiller
HTML John Cameron and
Kathleen Brawley
University of Aberdeen
Aug 2000 Cisplatin
The anti-cancer drug
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Chime
Mitch Miller Symyx Technologies
USA
July 2000 Thalidomide
The notorious morning sickness drug
HTML Alex Lingham Bristol University
June 2000 Histrionicotoxin
The frog poison used in blowpipe darts
HTML
Chime
VRML
JMol
Neil Edwards and Mark Reed Sussex University
May 2000 Chlorophyll
The green colour of plants
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Chime
VRML
JMol
Paul May Bristol University
Apr 2000 Melatonin
The sleep-wake-cycle regulating chemical
Chime Salinthip Thipayang Imperial College London
Mar 2000 cis-g-Irone
The violet-like scent of Iris oils used in perfumes
HTML Jean-Marie Galano Université D'Aix-Marseille III
France
Feb 2000 Frankincense
(Boswellic Acid)

The Biblical fragrant gum resin
HTML
Chime
VRML
Gordon Docherty Bristol University
Jan 2000 DNA
The genetic blueprint molecule
HTML
Chime
VRML
JMol
Paul MayBristol University
Dec 1999 Tamoxifen
The anti-cancer drug
HTML
Chime
Huw Tanner Imperial College London
Nov 1999 Tetrodotoxin
The poison in puffer fish
HTML
Chime
VRML
JMol
Jim Johnson 3D Biochem
USA
Oct 1999 Psilocybin and Mescaline
The hallucinogen in 'magic mushrooms'
HTML
Chime
VRML
JMol
Paul May Bristol University
Sept 1999 Anatoxin
A toxin extracted from algae
HTML
Chime
VRML
JMol
Neil Edwards Sussex University
Aug 1999 Salbutamol
The anti-asthma treatment
Chime Jerome Hettich Imperial College London
July 1999 Zyban (Bupropion)
The treatment for nicotine addiction
HTML Bernard Blessington
and Jamie Harris
University of Bradford
June 1999 Nitrous oxide
Laughing gas
HTML
Chime
VRML
JMol
Ewan Cameron
and Paul May
University of Bristol
May 1999 Adrenaline
The 'fight or flight' hormone
HTML Frank Oellien Computer-Chemie-Centrum
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
Germany
Apr 1999 Staurosporine
An anti-cancer drug
HTML
Chime
Clive WalkerNovartis Horsham Research Centre
Feb 1999 Ptaquiloside
The poison in bracken
HTML
Chime
VRML
JMol
David Bradley Freelance Science Writer/Editor
Jan 1999 Cubane
A cubic molecule
HTML
Chime
Beinn Muir Imperial College
Dec 1998 LSD
The notorious hallucigenic drug
HTML
Chime
JMol
Paul May University of Bristol
Nov 1998 Polythiophene
A conducting organic polymer
JMol Peter Tebbutt Cherwell Scientific Publishing
Oct 1998 Ferritin
An iron-storage protein
HTML James Bashkin, Regina Frey and Maureen Donlin Washington University
St Louis, Mo, USA
Sept 1998 Saxitoxin
A powerful shellfish poison
HTML
JMol
Neil Edwards University of Sussex
Aug 1998 Finasteride
A treatment for baldness?
HTML Cynthia Schieck Virginia Commonwealth University
USA
July 1998 Formaldehyde
The biology specimen preservative
HTML Walter Volland Bellevue Community College
Washington, USA
June 1998 Mustard Gas
The notorious WW1 chemical warfare agent
HTML
Chime
JMol
Rebecca Holland Bristol University
May 1998 Proline
A useful synthetic reagent
HTML Andrew Potter Liverpool University
April 1998 MCM-41
A zeolite catalyst
HTML
Chime
Vladimir GusevFreelance
Mar 1998 Ozone
The Earth's protective layer
HTML Eloise Stattersfield Bristol University
Feb 1998 Sulfanilamide
A useful antibiotic
HTML
Chime
JMol
Peter Tebbutt Cherwell Scientific Publishing
Jan 1998 Adenosine Triphosphate
(ATP)

The body's energy storage molecule
HTML
Chime
JMol
Paul May University of Bristol
Dec 1997 4-Bromo-4'-Methoxy-
acetophenone Azine

An organic magnet
HTML Rainer Glaser University of Missouri-Columbia
Nov 1997 Scorpionine
A scorpion-shaped molecule
HTML
Chime
Henry Rzepa Imperial College London
Oct 1997 N2S2
A molecule with unusual bonding
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Chime
Joe Gerratt University of Bristol
Sept 1997 Hexol
The molecule that helped the understanding of coordination chemistry
JSmol Robert Lancashire University of the West Indies,
Mona, Jamaica
Aug 1997 [Ag{(NC)Mn(CO)2-
P(OPh3)(dppm)}2]+

A molecule with a near-linear chain of 7 atoms
HTML John Crossley University of Bristol
July 1997 Vancomycin
The ultimate antibiotic
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Chime
Alan Bunch
and Anthony Baines
University of Kent
June 1997 Triphenylmethyl
A propellor-shaped molecule
HTML Andrew Hudson
& Richard Jackson
Sussex University
May 1997 Vitamin B12
The vitamin that prevents anaemia
Chime John Maher Bristol University
April 1997 Cyclooctene
A chiral molecule
HTML
Chime
David Bradley Freelance Science Writer/Editor
Mar 1997 t-AlF3
The interesting crystal structure
HTML
Chime
VRML
Armel Le Bail Laboratoire des Fluorures
University of Lemans, France
Feb 1997 Taxol
The anti-cancer drug
HTML
Chime
JMol
Neil Edwards University of Bristol
Jan 1997 C60 Buckyballs
The famous football-shaped molecule
HTML
Chime
Wyn Locke Imperial College London
Dec 1996 Decahelicene
A spiral-shaped molecule
HTML
JMol
Hens Borkent CMBI
Radboud University
Nijmegen, NL
Nov 1996 Sialyl Lewis X
A carbohydrate that recognises blood groups
HTML Steven Isles & Alan Wilson University of Birmingham
Oct 1996 Water
Not just for drinking...
HTML Shawn Huston Kenner MDL Information Systems, Inc.
Sept 1996 Digitalis
A treatment for heart disease
HTML Paul May University of Bristol
Aug 1996 Helvetane and Israelane
Hypothetical molecules with intriguing shapes
HTML Mitchell Miller Lion Biosciences
USA
July 1996 Diamond
The world's favourite gem
HTML
JMol
Paul MayUniversity of Bristol
June 1996 Urea
The first synthetic organic product
HTML Stuart Fairall De Montfort University
May 1996 Ferrocene
The well known organo-metallic sandwich
HTML Karl Harrison University of Oxford
Apr 1996 Delta-THC
The active ingredient in cannabis
HTML Lee Banting Portsmouth University
Mar 1996 Phthalocyanine
A dye, catalyst and anti-cancer agent
HTML Alan Wilson University of Birmingham
Feb 1996 Aspirin
The first painkiller
HTML Paul May University of Bristol
Jan 1996 Mauveine dye
The first synthetic dye
Chime Henry Rzepa Imperial College London

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