THEOFYLLINE

The molecule of this week is theofylline, a methylxanthine that can be naturally found in cocoa beans. This molecule has a very similar chemical structure to other xanthines like caffeine or theobromine. However, it has pharmacological applications as it is used to treat asthma and other respiratory diseases.
Read more about theofylline here!

CHEMISTRY IN YOUR KITCHEN

You probably heard before that doing chemistry is like cooking……BookCover

Well…It is also true that you can find some chemistry in your kitchen! To know more, read this interesting book by Matthew Hartings, who will explain you basic chemistry principles through simple recipes!
Read more here!

MISSING WINTER? FAKE SNOW IS WHAT YOU WANT!

UnknownWinter has now passed, but some of you might still miss cold and snow…No problem! We have what you are looking for.

You can make some fake snow at home in few seconds. The only things you need are:

  • a superabsorbent polymer (e.g. sodium polyacrylate, which can be obtained by cutting a nappy)
  • water.

Wondering about how to do it? Have a look at this video!

NEW 3D PRINTING INK CAN BE ERASED

UnknownErasing 3D printed structures is now possible by using a special ink developed by researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The microstructures can be created using a laser and then erased by simple immersion in an organic solvent.

The most interesting part of this research is that erasable structures can be incorporated into non-erasable structures, making this ink very promising for a wide range of applications.

Curious to know which ones? Read this article!

Strychnine

This week molecule is strychnine, the famous poison that killed Alexander the Great in 323 BC. This molecule, in fact, is toxic by inhalation and ingestion. The symptoms of poisoning appear 10-20 minutes after exposure and death follows in roughly 2 hours.

Want to know more about how this molecule works and why it is so toxic? More info in this review.