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The author

After completing my D. Phil at the University of York, I researched rheumatoid arthritis and later the rather nasty parasite that causes schistosomiasis. I began teaching in 1992 and continued until 2015. Science is my passion, and I have written over twenty science library books for teenagers. I have also written or contributed to text books, revision guides and workbooks for Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level sciences. Other projects include resources for BBC Bitesize Science, and multimedia materials for AS and A2 Chemistry.

My wife is also a chemistry teacher and, yes, we do talk about science at home! Our two grown-up children didn't follow us into teaching but happily are making a positive impact on people's lives. Just don't get us all onto Star Trek vs Star Wars!

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I started Creative Chemistry in 2000. The world still turned after all the hype about the Y2K Bug had come to nothing. It was the year before Windows XP and Mac OS X were released, and when this sound was still familiar to Internet users:

My aim now is the same as it was then: to provide free, good-quality chemistry resources for personal and educational use. I do hope you find something useful or interesting on Creative Chemistry.

Nigel Saunders

Upgrade path

When Creative Chemistry was first published in 2000, smartphones and tablets barely existed. Websites were accessed on desktop computers with a typical display resolution of 800 × 600, or 1024 × 768 if you had deep pockets. Most people connected to the Internet using dial-up at 56 kbits/s (usually less). Java and Flash were used for many interactive features. The Creative Chemistry website was optimised for these conditions. Since then, everything has changed and it was time for the website to change as well.

Phase 1

Phase 1 of the update path is complete. The aim was to retain a sense of the existing look and feel, but to update the site so that its pages are responsive and meet modern standards. The Activities worksheets and periodic table have been updated. The existing worksheets for GCSE and A Level Chemistry have been retained, but re-organised into the current topic sections for these courses. A small number of features have not been included in the new site.

Phase 2

Phase 2 consists of publishing new pages and worksheets. The existing worksheets will be progressively archived, and retained for a while in case someone still needs them.