Chlorine is typically used either as a solution or as a part of a compound like sodium hypochlorite (NaClO). As a strong oxidising agent, it’s very useful as a disinfectant even at very dilute concentrations. For instance, it’s commonly used as a swimming pool disinfectant at a concentration range of between 1.0 and… Continue reading »
Aldehydes and ketones are similar in chemical composition and molecular structure. They both have a carbonyl functional group, but the main difference is in the atoms bonded to the central carbon. While aldehydes have an R group chain of hydrocarbon substituents and a hydrogen attached to the central carbon, ketones have R and… Continue reading »
Aldehydes are primarily derivatives of alcohols. Like many other chemicals, aldehydes are identified based on their functional group. They are organic compounds that have a carbonyl group attached to a hydrocarbon group (i.e. an alkyl substituent) and hydrogen atom. This is structurally and chemically similar to ketones, so it’s not surprising that some… Continue reading »
Ketones are a large group of organic compounds that have biological and industrial importance. Ketones are identifiable by their carbonyl group, i.e. the group that has a carbon-oxygen double bond. In medical diagnosis, high levels of ketones in the blood and in the urine is indicative of a diabetic complication known as diabetic… Continue reading »
Environmental sustainability isn’t a mere fad or legal obligation, but a logical, moral, and practical approach to doing business on a large scale. It’s all about balancing productivity, based on a company’s need to be profitable, with the environmental impact of its operations. In essence, sustainability is about weighing the long-term effects of… Continue reading »
A stimulant is any substance that has the pharmacological effect of speeding up the communication between the brain and the body, or ‘stimulating’ it. Stimulants can make the heart beat faster and heighten alertness. In general, there are two types of stimulants: prescription stimulants, such as Ritalin, and illicit stimulants, such as cocaine.… Continue reading »
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