"One of our most versatile and gripping science writers." John Carey

"Chancing upon chemical wonders" an article about serendipity in chemistry, published in Chemistry World June 2006, p. 32. Available at

"Does hot water freeze first?", a review of the mysterious Mpemba effect, published in Physics World April 2006, p. 19. Available at

"Putting the nano into nanochemistry", a 20-year review of fullerenes in Chemistry World December 2005, p. 28. Available at

"Lavoisier's legacy", Chemical & Engineering News 19 September 2005, p. 42.

"Claiming Einstein for chemistry" an article asking 'was Einstein a chemist?', published in Chemistry World September 2005, p. 38. Available at

The beauty of chemistry, a preview of my book Elegant Solutions, published in Chemistry World April 2005, p. 33. Available at

"Where is there wisdom to be found in ancient materials technologies?", MRS Bulletin March 2005, p. 149.

"Dr Nanotech vs. Cancer", Technology Review February 2005. Available at

"The great portrait mystery", Nature 433, 197 (2005).

"By chance, or by design?", Nature 431, 396 (2004).

"Back to the future", Nature 427, 482 (2004).

"In the know", Nature 428, 462 (2004).

"Beam me up", Chemistry World October 2004, p.32.

"Starting from scratch", Nature 431, 624 (2004).

"Water, water, everywhere?", Nature 427, 19 (2004).

[With Mario Ruben] "Color Theory in Science and Art: Ostwald and the Bauhaus", Angewandte Chemie International Edition43, 4842 (2004).

"Cell navigation", Chemistry World August 2004, p.32.

[With David Andrews] "Light harvesting", Chemistry World March 2004, p.34.

"It’s a small world", Chemistry World February 2004, p.30.

"Utopia theory", Physics World October 2003, p.29.

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"All set for chemistry", Chemistry World June 2015, p46-49.
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P. Ball & J. E. Hallsworth, "Water structure and chaotropicity: their uses and abuses", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17, 8297-8305 (2015).
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