2710, 2016
  • The Chemistry of Mummification

The Chemistry of Mummification

October 27th, 2016|

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Mummies are, perhaps, the easiest go-to costume for Halloween: grab some bandages, drape yourself in them, and job done. However, there’s a little more behind the traditional embalming process used in Ancient Egypt, as well as a surprising amount of chemistry. Here we take a look at the chemicals used in the process, and how modern chemistry can help us identify them.


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!


2910, 2015
  • Chemistry of Blood

Halloween Special: The Chemistry of Blood

October 29th, 2015|

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Fake blood is an essential accessory if you’re going for a gory halloween look with your costume this year. There’s a lot of chemistry in the substance it sets out to mimic; we can explain the colour, smell, and different types of blood with the aid of chemistry (and some biology thrown in for good measure).Today’s graphic takes a look at each in turn. […]