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Nitrogen-Containing Atmospheric Pollutants

Sources and reactions of atmosphericorganic molecules containing nitrogen.

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The Polymorphs of Chocolate

With Easter upcoming, here’s another graphic on chocolate to go with the previous food chemistry graphic which looked at some of the chemicals it contains. This one examines the different structures of chocolate, why the tempering process is important to produce the highest quality chocolate – ...

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A Guide to Simple Heterocycles in Organic Chemistry

We’ve already examined the functional groups that can be present in organic molecules in a previous post; here, we take a look one step further, at heterocycles. Heterocycles are hugely important in organic chemistry – they make up more than half of all known organic compounds.Caffeine is a ...

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The Chemistry of Sparklers

It’s Fireworks Night here in the UK tomorrow, which means fireworks (obviously), bonfires and sparklers. We’ve looked at fireworks in a previous post,so this time around it’s time to take a look at the chemicals that go into producing sparklers, and their various roles. In sparklers, there are ...

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Why Does Asparagus Make Urine Smell?

The latest food chemistry graphic looks at the chemistry of asparagus – specifically, why it causes the urine of some (but not all) people to smell. Over the past forty years several papers have been published on the subject, and several studies undertaken, to try and determine the chemical ...

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Toxicity & Aphrodisia

The Chemistry of Chocolate

Valentine’s Day looming, it seemed an appropriate time to look into the chemistry of chocolate for the latest food chemistry graphic. In particular, here wefocus on the two frequently referenced effects of consuming chocolate: its supposed aphrodisiac effect, and its harmful effects on dogs (and ...

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The Chemistry of Dark, Milk & White Chocolate

in C&EN

This month’s C&EN graphic takes a brief look at dark, milk, and white chocolate, and the chemical differences between them. You can view the full graphic over on the C&EN site. There’s also more on chocolate chemistry in this older post from the site archives, and more on chocolate polymorphs and ...

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The Chemistry of Contact Lenses

For objects that essentially look like thin plastic films, there’s a surprising amount of chemistry behind contact lenses. This chemistry is designed to maximise comfort whilst they are being worn, and as such it’s also been constantly evolving and improving. Today’s post takes a look at some of ...

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Repelling April Showers

The Chemistry of Water Repellents – in C&EN

How chemistry can help repel water from surfaces as April showers approach.

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The Maillard Reaction

Food Chemistry

There’s one chemical reaction that, whether you have an interest in chemistry or not, we all carry out on a regular, maybe even daily, basis. That reaction? The Maillard Reaction. This is a process that takes place whenever you cook a range of foods – it’s responsible for the flavours in cooked ...

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