They may be two very different subjects, but science and art work wonderfully well together. Recently we showed you how beautiful booze looks under the microscope and how computational models can be transformed into mesmerizing GIFs. Now, we want to showcase the brilliant results of a collaboration between the University of Science and Technology of China and Tsinghua University Press- Beautiful Chemistry.
As the name suggests, the idea of the project is to show the public just how beautiful chemistry can be, hopefully sparking a wider interest in the subject and doing away with the notion that the subject is boring. They use 4K UltraHD cameras equipped with special lenses to capture various chemical reactions in incredible detail. The result is definitely NSFW, because like us you will probably waste the next 15 minutes in a trance, unable to take your eyes off the screen.
Check them out here:
This video shows the emergence of silver, copper and lead metals after zinc was dropped in silver nitrate, copper sulfate and lead nitrate solutions. They also added sodium silicate and acetic acid to make it gelatinize.
This shows a piece of metal salt being dropped in water with sodium silicate.
Here, they show us how molecules inside some colorful plants can change under acid and base conditions. They added purple cabbage and a flower called Teornia fournieri in sodium hydroxide and hydrochloric acid solutions.
Is it just me, or did science just get even more sexy?
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