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Issue Date: November 7, 2017

Chemistry in Pictures–Cruciferous chemistry

Department: Science & Technology
Credit: Sylvain Mercier
A photo of cauliflower-shaped bulbs of fat suspended in an amber liquid inside a volumetric flask.
Credit: Sylvain Mercier

These white puffy blobs formed when fat extracted from a brownie cooled and solidified. Sylvain Mercier and colleagues at Phytochemia, a lab focused on natural product standardization and quality control, added the fat to a volumetric flask, which they topped off with a dichloromethane/methanol solvent mixture. The scientists stored the flask in the fridge overnight, and when they removed it, they found these florets. “It really looks like cauliflower,” Mercier says.

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