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Impact of Chemistry in Everyday Life
Some people think Chemistry is associated with industrial plants and research laboratories where strange things happen, very different from daily life, and possibly connected with pollution and danger. In this page, we will try to show, with a number of examples, that Chemistry is continuouslly present in our lives and in all processes we normally perform, both natural and man-made, and gives us power and resources to conduct our lives the way we wish.
Monk's fruit contains powerful sweeteners
Soybean. Biodiesel can be made from its oil.
All cuisine consists in reacting food components and preparing new mixtures. Sugar is presently considered by many a harmful food component and many people wish to limit its use and substitute it with alternative sweeteners. Many such sweeteners are available, some are present in natural products and can be extracted and commercialized by chemical techniques.
Waste food may be polluting, especially for its oil content. However, waste oil can be chemically treated to make biodiesel, a useful fuel for trucks.
Drugs in a drugstore
Chemical products that make our life easier are innumerable. Drugs are an example: we cannot imagine living without the security of finding remedies fou our illness in the drugstore.
The present age is often called the era of plastics. In fact, polymers are present in all occasions and
make up the most common objects we use every day.
An electronic card
Another class of materials where strict chemical control makes outstanding performances possible is semiconductors They are the basic components of microchips, that are included in all modern electronic devices, like computers and mobile phones.
Pollution and poisons
Many chemicals are harmful to people and the environment, no way to deny it. Therefore, it is an important task for chemistry to manage such substances and prevent any deleterious effects. An article on poisons discusses this issue.
Wax combustion may produce aromatic hydrocarbons
Carbon monoxide is one of most hazardous substances we can meet in everyday life. Read this paper to learn how to prevent its risks.
Our environment is constantly threathened by pollution. Read a discussion on pollution in various media, especially water, and on the remedies chemistry can provide.
Dust that accumulates in our homes may collect and concentrate toxic chemicals. Learn how chemists can identify and control two classes of pollutants, phthalates and aromatic hydrocarbons.
Police investigators make use of chemical tecniques. TV shows seldom enter into details of what chemistry is really done. See a few examples.
Water is the best known "chemical" around us. It is found and used on all occasions. You may think you know all about water, but do you really? Read about the very special water properties.
The polar water molecule
Anyway, discussing and learning about chemistry is boring. Does it have to be so? Not at all. See how Wolfram can make chemistry enjoyable.