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C&EN Food Chemistry

The Chemistry of Dark, Milk & White Chocolate – in C&EN

You may well already know that a Compound Interest graphic appears monthly in the American Chemistry Society’s ‘Chemical & Engineering News’ magazine. However, I’m aware that not everyone who subscribes to the site updates here may have realised, and therefore might be missing them! Therefore, from this month onwards, I’ll be posting the links to […]

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Everyday Compounds

Six Posters of Common Chemical Molecules

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 […]

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This Week In Chemistry

This Week in Chemistry – Memory-Boosting Cocoa Compounds & More

This week in chemistry has tested the format of this graphic, with a wealth of studies to choose from for the featured stories; as a result, the notable mentions section below is bulging! Stories this week include the discovery that large amounts of compounds found in cocoa beans could help improve memory, as well as […]

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Food Chemistry

The Polymorphs of Chocolate

With Easter upcoming, here’s another graphic on chocolate to go with the previous food chemistry graphic which looked at some of the chemicals it contains. This one examines the different structures of chocolate, why the tempering process is important to produce the highest quality chocolate – and why you shouldn’t leave your Easter chocolate lying […]

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Food Chemistry

Toxicity & Aphrodisia – The Chemistry of Chocolate

With Valentine’s Day looming, it seemed an appropriate time to look into the chemistry of chocolate for the latest food chemistry graphic. In particular, here we focus on the two frequently referenced effects of consuming chocolate: its supposed aphrodisiac effect, and its harmful effects on dogs (and to a lesser extent, cats). The graphic gives a […]