"Making Stuff: From Bacon to Bakelite", chapter in "Seeing Further: The Story of Science and the Royal Society", ed Bill Bryson (HarperPress, 2010). Amazon Bestseller (Sales Rank 56 - at time of writing)
"Water in Science and Scientific Discovery", chapter in "A History of Water, Series II, Vol. 1: Ideas of Water from Antiquity to Modern Times", eds Terje Tvedt & Terje Oestigaard. I.B. Tauris, London, 2010.
I was an author and editor of the European Commission Expert Group report on Synthetic Biology (2005), available from the EC at Office SDME 01/37, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium.
My article on "Climate change" from the February 2000 issue of Prospect is reprinted in the 2005 compilation "Thinking Allowed: The Best of Prospect 1995-2005" (Atlantic, 2005).
"Molecular Biomimetics", chapter in Encyclopedia of Supramolecular Chemistry (Marcel Dekker, 2004).
Entries in Within The Stone, a selection of essays and texts to accompany images of minerals by photographer Bill Atkinson (BrownTrout, 2004).
"Life's matrix", chapter in "Water" (a compilation) (Hoffmann & Campe, 2003).
"Materials of the Future", in The Encyclopaedia of Life Support Systems (UNESCO, 2002). www.eolss.com
Contributions in The Science Book (ed. P. Tallack) (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2001).
"Supramolecular chemistry" (with Jean-Marie Lehn), in The New Chemistry (Cambridge University Press, 2000).
Entries in The Fontana Dictionary of Modern Thought (2nd Edn) (Fontana, 1999).