The Chemistry of Coffee

Lucy Bell-Young

11th July 2018

Chemistry, Science

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The Chemistry of Coffee

Coffee is a cornucopia of chemical compounds. Together, they create a unique composition that gives coffee its unique smell, flavourful taste and kick of energy. So what does chemistry have to do with all of this? Chemical Composition of Coffee Coffee contains a variety of different chemicals, including over a thousand aromatic compounds. Of course,… Continue reading »

The Chemistry of Love

Lucy Bell-Young

14th February 2018

Chemistry, Science

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The Chemistry of Love

In honour of Valentine’s Day, we thought we would take a look at the chemistry behind the culprit of this love-hate holiday: love. From that first high school crush to the marital vow, we’re looking into what makes us giddy and what keeps us obsessed. It’s that time of year again: Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re… Continue reading »

The Chemistry of Fire

Lucy Bell-Young

31st January 2018

Science

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Camp Fire

We’ve all heard of fire, and see it almost every day in matches, lighters, fireworks, gas hobs, and fire places. But this ostensibly simple reaction is actually a complex scientific event. What is Fire Exactly? Fire is an exothermic, self-perpetuating reaction that happens when a solid, liquid or gas-phase fuel undergoes rapid oxidation. This is… Continue reading »

This Day in Chemistry: Sir Edward Frankland 

Lucy Bell-Young

18th January 2018

Science

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Sir Edward Frankland

Born in Lancashire, England, Sir Edward Frankland is one of the most important British chemists in history. The father of organometallic chemistry, with a multitude of equally ground-breaking achievements under his belt, Frankland has helped to shape the world of chemistry we know today. So why isn’t he more well-known? On 18th January 1825, Edward… Continue reading »