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Chemistry doesn't just make life easier, it makes life possible.
One of the most important contributions of Chemistry to everyday life is plastic. It made almost everything lighter yet durable, enabling people to use more and more products. Today plastic is everyday around us: in mobile phones, televisions, combs, shoes, clothes, files, tennis rackets, wires, etc. The modern world would not exist if it weren't for plastic.
Many other inventions and discoveries have made our life comfortable. Few of them are mentioned below.
Packing for a trek or a camp ? You thrown in a pair of jeans, a torch, some nylon rope, some hot chocolate and coffee, medicines like a cough suppressant and an analgesic, isn't it?
Thank Chemistry for making this trip safer and simpler.
German chemist Adolf von Baeyer, at the age of 12, discovered a new double salt of copper. He then began developing indigo, the blue dye used to color most jeans, and successfully synthesized the dye. That gave jeans its trademark blue color.
Electricity transforms chemicals i.e. the process of electrolysis as we know today was developed by Sir Humphrey Davy. Metals like sodium, potassium, magnesium, boron and barium were discovered by this process of electrolysis. Cells, batteries, mobiles followed.
When the need for durable and flexible strands arose, Carothers and his team at the DuPont chemical company produced their first strand of a synthetic polymer fiber and patented it as "nylon".
Dutch chemist van Houten discovered that by removing most of the cocoa butter from unprocessed cocoa, he could create a powdered chocolate substance. Further processing this powder gave us the Hot Chocolate, an all-time favorite drink.
French chemist Robiquet identified the properties of codeine which is basic molecule of cough suppressant and analgesics.
Saccharin, an artificial sweetener, makes our toothpastes sweet. Friedrich Wöhler gave us our vitamin pills.
Thus Chemistry, which consists of Physical, Organic, Inorganic, Analytical and Biochemical Chemistry, is an integral part of our life.
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