Atoms Of Fire

Atoms Of Fire

Polymers And Plastics
Season 1  |  Episode 5  |  ABC  |  September 15, 2010

An introduction to organic chemistry, Atoms of Fire looks at the basic facts using storytelling, demonstration, graphics and documentary. Today: Carbon's structure allows it to be the backbone for macro-molecules; the extreme (non organic) case of diamond; story of the glucose polymers cellulose and starch; why starch is digestible by humans but cellulose is not; the discovery of nitrocellulose and its importance and; celluloid.

An introduction to organic chemistry, Atoms of Fire looks at the basic facts using storytelling, demonstration, graphics and documentary. Today: Carbon's structure allows it to be the backbone for macro-molecules; the extreme (non organic) case of diamond; story of the glucose polymers cellulose and starch; why starch is digestible by humans but cellulose is not; the discovery of nitrocellulose and its importance and; celluloid.

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