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Medicinal Chemistry

The Chemistry of Hay Fever – How Do Hay Fever Medications Work?

With the arrival of summer comes a rather less welcome arrival – that of seasonal allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as hay fever. In the UK, an estimated 10-15% of the population are affected, a figure that is also on the rise. Despite the pollens of trees, grasses and weeds being the origin of hay fever, it’s […]

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Aroma Chemistry

The Chemicals Behind the ‘New Car Smell’

This graphic comes off the back of a number of requests for it to be added to the ‘Aroma Chemistry’ series. The characteristic ‘new car smell’, as with the majority of entries in this series, can’t be pinned down to just one compound – rather, it’s a complex mixture¬†of chemicals that, combined, give the recognisable […]

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Book

Coming (Relatively) Soon: Compound Interest, the Book!

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the site’s Twitter feed, you’ll have heard that I’ve been lucky enough to secure a book deal with Orion Publishing. The book will be based on the food chemistry graphics on the site, which I’ll be reworking, along with a lot more new entries. Whilst it’s a project […]

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Alcohol Chemistry

The Key Chemicals in Red Wine – Colour, Flavour, and Potential Health Benefits

To complement the ongoing food chemistry posts, this supplementary series is going to be looking at the key chemicals (or families of chemicals) that give alcoholic drinks their characteristics. The first in the series looks at some of the families of chemicals in red wine which contribute towards its colour and flavour, with more detail […]

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Everyday Compounds

Food, Cosmetics & Explosives – The Versatility of Glycerol

Look on the ingredients label of many different cosmetic or personal care products, and glycerol (often also called glycerin or glycerine) is commonly present. It’s also found in a variety of food products, as well as in some pharmaceutical products, so what’s the reason for its inclusion?

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Chemical Warfare

Chemical Warfare: Poison Gases in World War 1

I’ll be accompanying some of the students from my school on a history trip to Ypres and a few other World War 1 battlefields in a few weeks’ time. Obviously, they’d much rather be learning chemistry, so I’ve been reading up on the different chemical agents used during World War 1, and this graphic is […]