Atoms Of Fire

Atoms Of Fire

This Petrochemical World
Season 1  |  Episode 6  |  ABC  |  September 22, 2010
Classification: General Classification: General
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An introduction to organic chemistry, Atoms of Fire looks at the basic facts using storytelling, demonstration, graphics and documentary. Today: Introduction to oil, it's origins and products; refining processes: distillation, cracking and reforming; octane number; the huge reliance on petrochemicals, not only for fuels but also for a multitude of compounds from plastics to insecticides; problems of scale of use; "Silent Spring"; plastic pollution and; chemistry now faces environmental and ethical considerations.

An introduction to organic chemistry, Atoms of Fire looks at the basic facts using storytelling, demonstration, graphics and documentary. Today: Introduction to oil, it's origins and products; refining processes: distillation, cracking and reforming; octane number; the huge reliance on petrochemicals, not only for fuels but also for a multitude of compounds from plastics to insecticides; problems of scale of use; "Silent Spring"; plastic pollution and; chemistry now faces environmental and ethical considerations.

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