6 Chemical Molecule Posters

Here’s something a little different for the weekend: a small poster project I’ve been working on for the classroom. I decided it’d be quite cool to have posters showing a variety of common chemical molecules dotted around the room, and, though I’m going to need a few more to complete a full circuit around the lab, here are the ones I’ve got so far.

All of these are already up for sale as posters on the site’s Redbubble store, and I’ll be adding some of them as other products too (a mug for caffeine being the obvious extra option!). If there’s a particular molecule that you’re after that isn’t one of these six, let me know in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do!

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  • Nick O'Flynn
    Posted March 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm 0Likes

    How about capsaicin? Many thanks for these posters!

    • Compound Interest
      Posted March 12, 2016 at 7:36 pm 0Likes

      That’d definitely be a good one!

  • Sarah C.
    Posted March 12, 2016 at 7:41 pm 0Likes

    Oh, these are awesome! May I suggest serotonin and oxytocin as well?

    I work in a forensics lab; if you don’t object to including controlled substances, how about THC, cocaine, and/or heroin?

    • Compound Interest
      Posted March 14, 2016 at 11:17 pm 0Likes

      Thanks for the suggestions! I actually did serotonin as part of a small series on neurotransmitters a little while back – not to say it couldn’t be included here too. Controlled substances also a possibility, though maybe not for putting around my secondary school teaching lab 🙂

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  • Andy French
    Posted March 13, 2016 at 6:07 am 0Likes

    How about ethanol and/or humulone for the beer lovers? They’d look good on a pint glass as well!

    • Compound Interest
      Posted March 14, 2016 at 11:16 pm 0Likes

      Definitely! If only Redbubble had a ‘print on a pint glass’ option…

  • Bruno Spieldenner
    Posted March 13, 2016 at 6:39 pm 0Likes

    Very nice posters
    I propose Vitamine C

    • Compound Interest
      Posted March 14, 2016 at 11:18 pm 0Likes

      Good idea! I’ll include that one in the next batch.

  • Ian C.
    Posted March 13, 2016 at 9:40 pm 0Likes

    How about cellulose? And methyl salicylate?

    • Compound Interest
      Posted March 14, 2016 at 11:18 pm 0Likes

      Both would work!

  • Mr Smith
    Posted March 14, 2016 at 8:24 pm 0Likes

    Might I suggest TNT and trichloroisocyanuric acid? Good symmetries. My students were intrigued by H3BO3 when I made a model the other day.
    Urea would be a sensible one. As would lactic acid. Significant biological roles for both.
    For foods, maybe vanilin?

    • Compound Interest
      Posted March 14, 2016 at 11:18 pm 0Likes

      Like all of those suggestions! I’ll be making a few more shortly so some of those will definitely be included.

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