A 3D-printed Shelby Cobra at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Kit Chapman has more than 10 years’ experience has a writer and editor for national and international magazines. He has worked as a staff writer and editor for Chemistry World, The Pharmaceutical Journal, Chemist+Druggist and The Practitioner, and as a freelance writer for Nature, New Scientist, Nature Chemistry and The Daily Telegraph among others.

As an academic, Kit has had his research published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A.

Kit specialises in long-form articles on science history (particularly nuclear science and element discovery) and diversity. He has also won awards as an editor and news journalist, including the PPA New Talent Award for New Business News Journalist of the Year 2010, and his first book is a finalist for the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s SB&F prize for young adult science books.

Kit is available for freelance opportunities and has written hundreds of news stories and feature articles. Below are a few examples of his work.

Selected publications

A material future for fusion?, Chemistry World, 2022, July 2022

Why does jelly wobble?, Education in Chemistry, June 2022

How do we warn future generations about our toxic waste?, New Humanist, Spring 2022

Obituary: Ei-ichi Negishi, Nature, 2021, 596, 168 (DOI: d41586-021-01828-9)

Biggest expansion of known chemical universe targeted by FRIB nuclear facility, Physics World, March 2021

How rubber is bouncing back, Chemistry World, January 2021

Why should we care about superheavy elements? Because we don’t know yet, The Big Issue, January 2021

How batteries electrified our world, Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, December 2019

Elements of the Future, Chem. Int., 2019, 41, 12-15
(DOI: 10.1515/ci-2019-0406)

Victor Ninov and the element that never was, Chemistry World, July 2019

The weird ways extraordinary scientists made synthetic elements, BBC Science Focus, June 2019

The Superheavy Element Factory, New Scientist, 27 February 2019

The first synthetic element, Nature, 2019, 565, 570-571
(DOI: 10.1038/d41586-019-00236-4)

The oganesson odyssey, Nature Chemistry, 2018, 10, 796
(DOI: 10.1038/s41557-018-0098-4)