Forty: vanillin

Forty: vanillin, originally uploaded by meganknight.

Martin’s studying biochemistry with the Open University. On Wednesday he sent me an excited message: guess what I got? A molecular model kit! It’s very cool, the OU sent it to him as part of his study materials, and he’s been playing with it all day, looking up molecules on wikipedia, making a model, and them coming to show me, pointing out the methyl groups and carbon rings.

This is vanillin, the aromatic in vanilla.

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