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What is Chlorine Used For?

Lucy Bell-Young

15th September 2021


Chlorine chemical element typed on paper next to vial of liquid chlorine

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 vs Ketones: What’s The Difference?

Lucy Bell-Young

8th September 2021


Various organic compound molecules written on white paper

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 »

What is Aldehyde?

Lucy Bell-Young

1st September 2021


Aldehyde in the dictionary

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 »

What Are Ketones in Chemistry?

Lucy Bell-Young

25th August 2021


Ketones word concept on cubes

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 »

What the Chemical Industry Can Do to Support Sustainability

Lucy Bell-Young

18th August 2021


Concept of sustainable energy solution

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 »

What is a Stimulant?

Lucy Bell-Young

28th July 2021


Hand holding a single adderall pill

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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