As anyone who has ever been to an underwhelming club night will know, glow sticks can sometimes be the most exciting thing in a room. I’m writing this post so that you can then make everybody leave that room when you start telling them fun chemistry facts about how glow sticks work. Having never really… Continue reading Incessant fluorescence – how do glow sticks work?
For my first post, I thought I’d stick to what I know and talk about a chemical. Specifically: curcumin. Curcumin is one of the active compounds in turmeric, a spice which has been used for centuries in curries and is also a well-known herbal medicine. Even a quick Google for turmeric brings up hundreds of… Continue reading Turmeric – the superfood that may not be quite so super