Final names for the new chemical elements

Something that affects me as a chemist and a terminologist has happened. I’m obviously not talking about my sprained wrist after falling off my bike, which forced me to write this post with only my right hand. Yes, that happened, but it affects me many additional parts of my life. The IUPAC (International Union of…

Vegan birthday to you!

The most faithful readers of this blog might have my birth date marked on your calendar. Or you might not. Anyway, this year my birthday party was vegan—almost. Indeed, I’ve been mainly vegetarian for a couple of years. The modifier means that in festive dates I might eat a typical dish with meat and that…

1st SETAC science slam across the pond

It’s been almost two months since my post about the science slam in SETAC Nantes (video of the whole show included—check it out!). If you got any ideas from that, you should know that it’s happening again soon in Orlando. It has now been three years of successful science slams for SETAC Europe. In exactly…

Posters at scientific congresses

A year ago I posted about scientific congresses, where researchers share their results. I mentioned posters and today they’re getting the post they deserve. Last Monday I showed two posters at the SETAC congress in Nantes. Scientists present our results in poster format for different reasons. First situation is when we aim at an oral…

‘The Colour of Magic’

PRATCHETT, Terry. The Colour of Magic. 1983. ‘On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown), a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There’s an avaricious but inept wizard, a naive tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of little legs, dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and…

The chemistry of wine – 1

It’s been five years since my masters analysing polyphenols–antioxidant compounds–in wine. This year I’m publishing a series of posts on the winemaking process and its chemistry. Winemaking consists on several steps. In this series titled The chemistry of wine, winemaking is divided into twelve steps, seven of which include chemical transformations. Notice that chemical does…

Chemists conspiracy: all drinks are the same alcohol

For many, alcohol is just what you drink instead of water—you should reconsider your habits. But have you ever wondered what an alcohol molecule looks like? You might have heard of etanol or ethyl alcohol; both names for the alcohol in drinks. But what is alcohol chemically speaking? Alcohols are organic compounds with an –OH…