In the complex and all-encompassing world of chemistry, there are few units of measurement that are as cross-cutting as pH. The simple scale that measures it can reveal well-kept secrets or give an indication that it is necessary to react to a potential problem.
“Electrolysis.” Few will know what it means, but everyone benefits from it. Whether you are drinking tap water or bathing in a swimming pool. And many more will benefit from this technology, which encourages decarbonisation and sustainability.
There is a chemistry that unites the soles of the sneakers we wear to run with the foam of the mattress where we sleep. It is called aniline and makes part of our daily life.
“Caldo verde” foam, jelly with the flavour of clams "à Bulhão Pato", topped off with a few scoops of liquid nitrogen ice-cream. Does that mean anything to you? Come with us on a journey through the extraordinary world of molecular gastronomy, where chemistry rules and the imagination is the limit.
Tattooing the body is an age-old practice that has spread across every continent. Today we know that tattoos tell many stories: of rituals, tribes, love, crime... And it is chemistry that gives a touch of colour to this art born out of the skin.
It was in 1921, exactly 100 years ago, that the famous chemist Ernest Beaux created the classic Chanel No. 5 - the first perfume of the modern era combining natural and synthetic elements. Since then, chemistry has helped make the perfume industry more sustainable.