Duluth Labs Molecule of the Week (MOTW)

Naphthalene

Naphthalene

  • It is is a white, volatile, solid polycyclic hydrocarbon with a strong mothball odor.

  • Its structure consists of a fused pair of benzene rings.

  • It is the main ingredient of traditional mothballs.

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Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen

  • It is typically used for mild to moderate pain. 

  • It does not have any anti-inflammatory effect. 

  • It is often found in many cold/flu medications.

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Glycerol

Glycerol

It is a colorless, odorless liquid.
It is a natural moisturizer
It is used in a variety of personal care products.

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Styrene and Polystyrene

Styrene and Polystyrene

1. It is a derivative of benzene and a precursor to several copolymers.

2. It is the building block of foam and plastic.

3. It can be found in alcoholic beverages, grapes, and cranberry.

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Polyvinyl Acetate (PVA)

Polyvinyl Acetate (PVA)

  • They call me PVA. 

  • My main purpose in your life is putting back the broken/torn pieces. 

  • I'm a polymer used to make paper glue and other adhesives. 

 

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