2401, 2017
  • Chemical Concerns – Does Acrylamide Cause Cancer-

Chemical Concerns – Does Acrylamide in Toast & Roast Potatoes Cause Cancer?

January 24th, 2017|

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Acrylamide has been in the news this week, with the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) warning that eating overcooked potatoes, crisps, or burnt toast could increase your risk of developing cancer. Does this mean you should be consigning your toaster to the trash and avoiding roast potatoes with your roast dinner? This graphic assesses the realities of the risks.


1901, 2017
  • The Chemistry of Popcorn

What Makes Popcorn Pop? – The Chemistry of Popcorn

January 19th, 2017|

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Today (19th January) is apparently National Popcorn Day, so what better time to look at the chemistry behind it? This graphic takes a brief look at some of the compounds that give popcorn its flavour and aroma, as well as what makes it pop!


3011, 2016
  • The Chemistry of Turmeric

The Chemistry of Turmeric – Fluorescence, Indicator, and Health Effects

November 30th, 2016|

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If you’ve ever made a curry, you’ve likely used turmeric – you may even have some in your kitchen right now. It’s probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about doing chemistry, but there are actually some pretty neat chemistry tricks you can do with it! In this post, we take a look at these, as well as the plethora of health benefits commonly attributed to the yellow spice.


2410, 2016
  • C&EN Pumpkin Chemistry

The Chemistry of Pumpkins – in C&EN

October 24th, 2016|

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With a week to go until Halloween, it’s time to get carving pumpkins! Before you do, check out this graphic on the chemistry of pumpkins I made for C&EN last year (you can view the full graphic on their site here). Stay tuned for more Halloween-related chemistry over the coming week!


1209, 2016
  • The Chemistry of Canning Preview

The Chemistry of Canning – in C&EN

September 12th, 2016|

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In this month’s installment of Periodic Graphics in C&EN, we’re talking canning chemistry. When you’re canning vegetables and making chutneys, why does the acidity matter, and what’s the importance of temperature in the canning process? This graphic takes a brief look – see the full graphic over on the C&EN site. […]

2908, 2016
  • Blackberry Chemistry

The Chemistry of Blackberry Colour

August 29th, 2016|

With blackberry season approaching, here’s a quick graphic looking at blackberry colour chemistry. Posts have been a bit few and far between over the last week or so as I was off at ACS Philadelphia (post on that to come shortly), but the pace will be picking back up again this week!