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A Chemical Treasure Hunt

If you’ve been reading here for a while, you’ll know that one of my projects is to work with the Blists Hill museum to identify the contents of jars in its Victorian Pharmacy.  This is a fairly slow process, mainly due to the constraints of other pressing tasks such as teaching, but it is a…

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What Am I? No. 4

Below I’ve listed the key chemicals found in a common household product.  I’ve drawn the chemical structures of principal components where simple and appropriate; given the E number or CAS number (however tempting Sigma-Aldrich catalogue numbers would be) if no simple chemical structure exists for an additive; and given the chemical formulae or name if neither of the…

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