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Raspberries, Weight Loss, & The Galaxy

The Chemistry of Raspberries

Raspberries, like all fruits, contain a complex mix of organic compounds. Unlike many fruits, however, raspberries have the less common distinction oflending their name to the compound that is a major contributor to their aroma – and one of the compounds that contributes to their flavour has ...

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Why Can Coriander Taste Soapy?

The Chemistry of Coriander

I wasn’t aware of this until recently, being a fan of coriander myself, but apparently there are quite a few people for whom coriander (referred to as cilantro in the US)has a rather unpleasant soapy, or even metallic, taste. The cause of this has its roots in the chemical composition of ...

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Salicylic Acid

Everyday Compounds

This is a series of graphics looking at the chemistry and uses of some everyday chemical compounds you can find in a variety of products around your home. The series was inspired by conversation with@chemtacular on twitter, as well as the ongoing chemophobia discussion. To kick off the series, ...

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Chemical Compounds in Herbs & Spices

It’s often stated that cooking is much like chemistry, or vice versa. I thought it’d be fun to take that a little further, and look at the major organic compounds present in various different herbs and spices that are frequently used in cooking, so that’s what this poster tries to do. Obviously, ...

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Infrared (IR) Spectroscopy

Analytical Chemistry

I’ve been covering infrared spectroscopy recently with one of my A level classes, and realised that I haven’t really come across an aesthetically appealing reference chart for the frequencies of absorption – which seemed like as good an excuse as any to make one myself. So, here it is! Now, if ...

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Functional Groups in Organic Compounds

A functional group in chemistry is the part of the molecule that gives it its particular reactivity; simple molecules that contain the same functional group in their structure can be expected to react in similar ways. More complicated chemical molecules may contain more than one functional group ...

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A Basic Guide to Decoding Organic Compound Names

If you’ve ever looked on the back of a bottle of shampoo, or at that of a household cleaner, you’ve probably come across a list of organic compound names. To chemists, these are precise descriptions of the compounds, but to non-chemists, they can sometimes just look like some kind of ...

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Emil Erlenmeyer and the Erlenmeyer Flask

Whether you know it as an Erlenmeyer flask, conical flask, or by some other name, it’s a piece of glassware most of us, chemists or not, have likely used at some point. The Erlenmeyer flask isthe most stereotypical piece of chemistry glassware there is, and today marks its creator’s birthday. ...

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