Biochemistry C&EN

How Do Evergreen Trees Stay Green? – In C&EN

While some trees drop their leaves in autumn, others stay green all year round. How do they accomplish this, and what’s the benefit? This graphic takes a look at some of the chemical tricks these trees utilise. Click here to view the full graphic on the C&EN site.


The Chemistry of Deicers and Antifreeze – in C&EN

Given the current cold spells across Europe, here’s an old but topical graphic I made for C&EN looking at some of the different compounds used as deicers, and the differences between them. Click here to view the full graphic on the C&EN site!

Alcohol Chemistry Christmas Chemistry

The Chemistry of Mulled Wine

There are few things more warming than a mug of mulled wine in the depths of December. Exact recipes may vary, but they all include a common core of ingredients, each of which contributes something to the final flavour. This graphic examines some of the key chemicals that each ingredient adds into the mix, with […]

Miscellaneous Graphics

The Shapes of Snowflakes

In the Northern Hemisphere at least, the idealised vision of Christmas involves snow. Whilst no one snowflake is exactly the same as another, at least on a molecular level, scientists have none-the-less devised a system of classification for the many types of crystals that snow can form. This graphic shows the shapes and names of […]