Salts of the basic element hafnium, was discovered by the 1943 Chemistry Laureate George de Hevesy

© Nobel Media. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud

Why chemistry matters

In this compilation of short, educational videos called Chemistry Matters, 16 Nobel Laureates discuss new frontiers in their field and explore what life as a chemist entails. They also describe the beauty inherent in chemistry and recall the eureka moments when they discovered ‘a little of nature’s logic’.

Chemistry Matters: Beyond the Textbook

Learn about chemistry’s many facets and why would one claim that chemistry is the ‘queen of all sciences’.

Learn about chemistry’s many facets and why would one claim that chemistry is the ‘queen of all sciences’.


Chemistry Matters: The Life of a Chemist

Explore how Nobel Laureates compare their own research to the adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Explore how Laureates compare their own research to the adventures of Huck Finn.


Chemistry Matters: Beauty

From molecules to equations to experiments, learn how and why chemistry is beautiful.

From molecules to equations to experiments, learn how and why chemistry is beautiful.


Chemistry Matters: Eureka!

Discover how groundbreaking discoveries are both thrilling and lonely.

Discover how groundbreaking discoveries are both thrilling and lonely.


The videos are supported by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences.

First published 27 January 2011