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CompoundChem mega infusion: chemistry of honey, cosmetics chemistry, antibiotics, insect venoms, aminoacids

The guys at Compound Chem do a great work with their chemistry articles. You don’t need to be a chemistry minor or the sorts to understand what is it about. Once you read what they are posting you are getting one step ahead of crazies that believe that vaccinations are bad or that GMOs will kill you or the sorts.

The infographics from below will teach you way more than you have learned in the high school. Have fun.

1. What is the chemistry of honey. Why won’t it spoil?

Well, honey won’t spoil because it has gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide and it draws water from its surrounding and killing this way bacteria. Those bacteria being killed honey will not be able to spoil.


2. What chemical compounds can you find in cosmetics?

In lipstick, for example, you can find castor oil, bees wax, lanolin, dyes, perfumes.

3. Organic chemistry: what are benzene derivatives?

Benzene is composed of 6 carbon atoms and each one is connected with a hydrogen atom. Benzene derivatives, where a hydrogen atom is replaced with a functional group are called aromatic compounds as they smell nicely. Example of benzene derivatives: polystyrene, paracetamol.


4. How many antibiotics are there?
Antibiotics are substances used to kill off bacteria. They won’t work on viruses. You need anti-viral stuff for that. Antibiotics were first discovered in 1930 and we now have antibiotic resistant bacteria due to improper use: don’t take antibiotics if you’re cold. Cold is generated by a virus, not a bacteria. Also, if your physician told you to take 20 pills then take them all, not 18 or 19.


5. What is the chemical composition of insect venoms?

Bee venom contains mellitin, apamin, hyaluronidase, mcd peptide, dopamine, histamine, serotonin, phospholipase A, noradrenaline. In order for the bee venom to kill someone you need 2.8 mg/kh of venom in someone’s blood.


6. 20 common amino acids

Amino acids are building blocks of proteins in living beings. From over 500 such substances in the nature the human DNA encodes the genetic information to generate about 20 of these. Essential amino acids need to be taken from the diet while non-essential will be created by our body.


1 reply on “CompoundChem mega infusion: chemistry of honey, cosmetics chemistry, antibiotics, insect venoms, aminoacids”

The best honey will be selected in Daejeon, South Korea!!
Greetings from South Korea
Every two years the World Beekeeping Awards selects the best honey and honey related products from all around the world during the Apimondia Congress. This year, the WBA 2015 will be held in Daejeon, South Korea from the 15th to 19th of September.

The WBA 2015 is a professional competition reserved for beekeepers, beekeeping cooperatives and the production groups registered for the Congress.

Following the previous WBA 2013 in Ukraine, the WBA 2015 organizing team prepared three Classes; Individual Class, Commercial Class, and Apimondia Contest Class. These Classes are further subdivided into forty distinct categories in total and we are pleased to include new categories for this contest such as Extracted Honey by Asian bees, Poster and Cosmetic.

We are looking forward to seeing entries from worldwide and t he best products and artworks presented by the industry experts.

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