What Am I? The Random Summer One

Below I’ve listed the key chemicals or elements found in a commonly available  product, which may (or may not) be slightly UK-centric.  All chemicals drawn below are part of the same 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 […]

What Am I? The Model Edition 1

I have recently acquired some rather beautiful chemical models. They are a bit dusty and I’m still a little lost as to where in my office they will go, but for now, why don’t you try and figure out what they are? The photos were all taken against my gorgeous office carpet and I have […]

What Am I? Season 2 Episode 5

Below I’ve listed the key chemicals or elements found in a commonly available  product, which may (or may not) be slightly UK-centric.  All chemicals drawn below are part of the same 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 […]

What Am I? Season 2 Episode 4

Below I’ve listed the key chemicals or elements found in a commonly available  product, which may (or may not) be slightly UK-centric.  All chemicals drawn below are part of the same 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 […]

What Was I?

                      Remember these? Or if you’re unfamiliar with the ‘flying saucers’ (hence a clue on Twitter: Fox Mulder’s favourite sweeties), they are essentially sherbet wrapped up in coloured rice paper (starch really). Sweeties is really a misnomer – in many cases the joy of sweets […]

What Am I? Season 2 Episode 3

Below I’ve listed the key chemicals or elements found in a commonly available  product, which may (or may not) be slightly UK-centric.  All chemicals drawn below are part of the same 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 […]

What Am I? Season 2 Epsiode 3

Below I’ve listed the key  elements found in a common item as mass percentages.  See if you can guess what this is!  If no one gets it within 24 hours, I will post a clue.  If you guess on Twitter (@kjhaxton), please DM your guess so others can play. Oxygen 65 Carbon 18  Hydrogen 10 […]

What Am I? Season 2 Episode 2

Below I’ve listed the key chemicals or elements found in a commonly available  product, which may (or may not) be slightly UK-centric.  All chemicals drawn below are part of the same 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 […]

Mmmm Spicy!

A few years ago while living in Vancouver we returned to our basement apartment from a day’s shopping.  After about 5 minutes we felt our throats were very scratchy and our eyes were burning and we couldn’t really work out why.  There was no obvious odour in the apartment although it was perhaps colder than usual.  We […]