1703, 2017
  • The Chemistry of Guinness Preview

St. Patrick’s Day: The Chemistry of Guinness – in C&EN

By |March 17th, 2017|

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here’s a throwback to an old edition of Periodic Graphics which looks at the chemistry behind the bubbles and bitterness of Guinness. You can view the full graphic over on the C&EN site.

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806, 2016
  • The Chemistry of Vodka

The Chemistry of Vodka – Structure, Additives, and Impurities

By |June 8th, 2016|

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You could be forgiven for thinking there’s not a great deal that’s interesting about the chemistry of vodka. After all, isn’t it essentially just a mix of two compounds, ethanol and water? Though this is pretty much the case, there’s more to vodka than you might expect. Here we take a look at some of its chemical secrets.

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2305, 2016
  • Molecular Cocktails- Gelification

Science Hits the Bar – The Chemistry of Cocktail Gelification

By |May 23rd, 2016|

Here’s the third and final entry in the series of graphics I’ve produced for my Pint of Science event at La Raza, Cambridge (UK). Today’s graphic looks at how chemistry can help to turn cocktails into jellies, and some of the different chemical agents that can be used.

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1205, 2016
  • Science Hits the Bar – Cocktail Spherification v2

Science Hits the Bar – The Chemistry of Cocktail Spherification

By |May 12th, 2016|

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Here’s the second in the series of graphics I’ve produced for my Pint of Science event at La Raza Cambridge (UK) in a few weeks’ time. Today’s graphic looks at how chemistry can help to make caviar and spheres in cocktails, and the chemical agents used to do it. […]

1804, 2016
  • Science Hits the Bar – Foams & Airs

Science Hits The Bar – The Chemistry of Cocktail Foams

By |April 18th, 2016|

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Ever wondered about the chemistry behind cocktails? If so, then this mini-series of graphics is for you! As part of the Pint of Science festival taking place in May, I’m running an event at La Raza in Cambridge (UK) looking at how chemistry can be used to make ‘molecular cocktails’. I’ve also created some graphics for it – here’s the first, looking at the chemistry behind creating foams and airs.

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101, 2016

The Chemistry of a Hangover

By |January 1st, 2016|

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After yesterday’s new year celebrations, you might well be nursing a sore head this morning after a few drinks too many. This is a chemical consequence of consuming alcoholic beverages, but it’s one that, surprisingly, we still don’t fully understand. There are, however, a number of chemical suspects that have been identified as contributing to the symptoms of a hangover; here, we take a look at each in turn, and the evidence for their contribution.

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