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Periodic Graphics

A chemistry infographics collaboration between C&EN and Andy Brunning, chemistry educator and author of Compound Interest.

Natural sweeteners

Natural sweeteners

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning provides a taste of the molecules behind some natural sweeteners
August 23, 2020
Summer plant irritants

Summer plant irritants

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning describes the chemistry behind the plants that make us itch and scratch
July 21, 2020
A guide to COVID-19 testing

A guide to COVID-19 testing

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning captures the current state of diagnostics for novel coronavirus infection.
June 25, 2020
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The science of exercise

The science of exercise

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning explores the chemicals at work when we work out.
May 17, 2020
How does immunity work?

How does immunity work?

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning explains how our bodies fight foreign invaders like coronaviruses
April 21, 2020
The elements of fertilizers

The elements of fertilizers

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning digs into how plant fertilizers make use of the periodic table.
March 22, 2020
Cannabidiol, medicine from hemp

Cannabidiol, medicine from hemp

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning explains the CBD craze, how the compound works, and how it’s regulated.
February 24, 2020
The chemistry of snow and ice

The chemistry of snow and ice

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning explores water’s unique behavior when temperatures plummet
January 26, 2020
Suppressing wildfires with chemistry

Suppressing wildfires with chemistry

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning answers questions about Phos-Chek, a fire retardant used to stop forest blazes
November 24, 2019
Metal-air batteries, present and future

Metal-air batteries, present and future

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning supplies the latest on these promising energy-storage devices.
October 27, 2019
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Ant venom and pheromones

Ant venom and pheromones

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning homes in on the chemicals that help the insects protect themselves and communicate.
September 28, 2019
Flea and tick treatments for pets

Flea and tick treatments for pets

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning digs into the chemical methods used to protect our pets from disease-carrying bugs
August 25, 2019
Sunscreen and coral reef damage

Sunscreen and coral reef damage

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning reveals how sunscreens damage coral reefs.
July 14, 2019
Environmental impact of industrial reactions

Environmental impact of industrial reactions

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning lists the top five chemical products in terms of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions during synthesis.
June 17, 2019
The origins of the elements

The origins of the elements

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning shines a light on how the big bang and reactions in stars forged the elements
May 5, 2019
Essential elements for humans

Essential elements for humans

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning shines a light on the parts of the periodic table that make life possible
March 31, 2019
Do air pollution masks work?

Do air pollution masks work?

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning investigates the efficiency of the masks and what they do and don’t filter out.
February 17, 2019
Powder versus liquid detergents

Powder versus liquid detergents

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning compares the ingredients in the two different laundry formulations
January 27, 2019
The biggest chemistry news of 2018

The biggest chemistry news of 2018

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning recounts our most-read news and feature stories of the year.
December 5, 2018
Periodic graphics: How different light bulbs work

Periodic graphics: How different light bulbs work

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning illuminates the materials science behind various lighting options
November 19, 2018
The chemistry of Venus flytraps

The chemistry of Venus flytraps

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning highlights the molecules exploited by the carnivorous plant to lure, catch, and digest its prey
October 14, 2018
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Periodic graphics: Platinum drugs for cancer

Periodic graphics: Platinum drugs for cancer

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning examines the chemistry and impact of cisplatin and its sibling compounds
September 16, 2018
Gases for scuba diving

Gases for scuba diving

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning dives deep into the types of air we need in order to breathe underwater
August 27, 2018
Lava and volcanic gases

Lava and volcanic gases

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning probes the molecular makeup of the molten rock and gases spewed by volcanoes
July 8, 2018
The chemistry of slime

The chemistry of slime

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning wrings all the molecular details out of the popular goo
June 13, 2018
Periodic graphics: Soap versus body wash

Periodic graphics: Soap versus body wash

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning explains the similarities and differences between the two bath products
May 18, 2018
Periodic graphics: How is plastic recycled?

Periodic graphics: How is plastic recycled?

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning explains what happens (or doesn’t) after you throw those bottles and bags in the recycle bin
April 19, 2018
Periodic graphics: The opioid epidemic

Periodic graphics: The opioid epidemic

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning explains the drugs behind the public health crisis
June 6, 2017
Periodic graphics: Do antiaging creams work?

Periodic graphics: Do antiaging creams work?

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning peers into the scientific evidence behind wrinkle creams
February 28, 2017
Periodic graphics: Chemistry at the movies

Periodic graphics: Chemistry at the movies

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning takes a gander at the molecules responsible for your cinematic experience
February 14, 2017
Periodic graphics: How do evergreen trees stay green?

Periodic graphics: How do evergreen trees stay green?

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning queries the chemical tactics conifers use to make it through the winter
January 10, 2017
Periodic graphics: The chemistry of canning

Periodic graphics: The chemistry of canning

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning packs in the science involved in preserving your home-grown fruits and veggies
September 12, 2016
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The Russian doping scandal

The Russian doping scandal

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning untangles the complicated web of sports doping intrigue leading up to the Rio Olympics
August 2, 2016
Periodic graphics: the compositions of U.S. coins

Periodic graphics: the compositions of U.S. coins

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning shares some fun facts about the metals in pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters
July 11, 2016
The chemistry of dentistry

The chemistry of dentistry

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning surveys the compounds dentists use to keep your pearly whites healthy
June 13, 2016
Periodic graphics: The chemistry of sunglasses

Periodic graphics: The chemistry of sunglasses

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning describes how your shades protect your eyeballs from the sun’s radiation
May 9, 2016
Periodic graphics: Water-repelling chemistry

Periodic graphics: Water-repelling chemistry

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning explains why April showers roll off of raincoats and treated windshields
April 11, 2016
Periodic graphics: chocolate chemistry

Periodic graphics: chocolate chemistry

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning takes a peek inside the delectable molecular world of chocolate
March 14, 2016
Helping Flowers Last Longer

Helping Flowers Last Longer

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning examines how the molecular makeup of flower food helps preserve petals
February 16, 2016
The Chemistry Of Lip Balms

The Chemistry Of Lip Balms

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning spreads the molecular news about how these winter must-haves protect and moisturize.
January 11, 2016
The Chemistry Of Holiday Berries

The Chemistry Of Holiday Berries

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning samples the toxic and healthful molecules behind the decorative fruits
December 7, 2015
The Chemistry Of Cold Medicines

The Chemistry Of Cold Medicines

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning gives us a dose of the molecules behind decongestants, cough syrups, and throat lozenges
November 16, 2015
The Chemistry Of Pumpkins

The Chemistry Of Pumpkins

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning carves up the seasonal squash to reveal the molecules behind their color, aroma, and taste
October 12, 2015
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The Chemistry Of Writing Inks

The Chemistry Of Writing Inks

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning explains the blend of chemicals used by pens to leave their indelible marks.
September 21, 2015
Summer Bug Chemistry

Summer Bug Chemistry

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning highlights the quirky sights and smells of warm-weather insects
August 17, 2015
The Chemistry Of Barbecue

The Chemistry Of Barbecue

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning serves up some chemical facts about how grilling produces smoky flavor
July 13, 2015
The Chemistry of Strawberries

The Chemistry of Strawberries

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning samples the molecular makeup of this sweet summer fruit
June 15, 2015
Allergies And Antihistamines

Allergies And Antihistamines

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning explores the origins of hay fever and how we squelch it
May 11, 2015
The Chemistry Of Daffodils

The Chemistry Of Daffodils

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning explores the molecular makeup of these symbols of spring
April 13, 2015
The Chemistry Of A Pint Of Guinness

The Chemistry Of A Pint Of Guinness

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning explores the famous beer’s bubbles and bitterness
March 13, 2015
Aphrodisiacs

Aphrodisiacs

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning examines the scientific evidence behind the titillating claims
February 9, 2015
Deicers And Antifreeze

Deicers And Antifreeze

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning profiles molecules that keep our roads and runways clear during winter
January 12, 2015
Scents Of The Season


Scents Of The Season


Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning explores the molecular basis of holiday smells
December 8, 2014