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Métode 10, 147-155 (2020). Available here.

MRS Bulletin 45, 609-613 (2020). Available here.

MRS Bulletin 44, 833-836 (2019). Available here. Podcast available here.

"Forging patterns and making waves from biology to geology: a commentary on Turing (1952) 'The chemical basis of morphogenesis", Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 370, special issue to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the journal. Available here.

P. Ball & J. E. Hallsworth, "Water structure and chaotropicity: their uses and abuses", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17, 8297-8305 (2015). Available here.

P. Ball, "Water as an active constituent in cell biology", Chemical Reviews 108, 74-108 (2008). Download PDF.

P. Ball, "The Importance of Water", in Astrochemistry and Astrobiology, eds I. W. M. Smith, C. S. Cockell & S. Leach, p.169. Springer, Heidelberg, 2013.

P. Ball, "Concluding remarks: Cum grano salis", Faraday Discussions 160, 405-414 (2013).

P. Ball, "More than a bystander", Nature 478, 467-468 (2011). Available here.

P. Ball, "Making Life: A Comment on 'Playing God in Frankenstein's footsteps: Synthetic Biology and the Meaning of Life' by Henk van den Belt (2009)", Nanoethics 4, 129-132 (2010).

P. Ball, "Water as a biomolecule", published in ChemPhysChem, 9, 2677-2685 (2009)

P. Ball, "Chemistry and Power in Recent American Fiction", published in The Public Image of Chemistry, eds J. Schummer, B. Bensaude-Vincent & B. Van Tiggelen (World Scientific, 2007).

P. Ball, "Collective behaviour and the physics of society", Institute for Cultural Research Monograph Series No.52 (2007).

P. Ball, "Synthetic biology for nanotechnology", Nanotechnology 16, R1 (2005).

P. Ball, "Molecular Biomimetics", in Encyclopedia of Supramolecular Chemistry 879-886. Marcel Dekker, 2004.

P. Ball, "The physical modelling of human social systems", ComPlexUs 1, 190 (2003) [published November 2004].

P. Ball, "The physical modelling of society: a historical perspective", Physica A 314, 1 (2002).

P. Ball, "Natural strategies for the molecular engineer", Nanotechnology 13, R15 (2002).

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"Why physics is not a discipline", Nautilus 21 April. Available here.