Searching for Xmas Presents?

Searching for Xmas Presents?

Author: ChemistryViews

Still searching for that perfect Christmas present for the Chemist in your life? Out of ideas for what to get your lab mates?
ChemistryViews and Journal Editors recommend Christmas presents with a scientific flavor …


  • Periodic beer (BeEr) glass

    Why not have your lab mates bring their very own periodic beer glass to the next late-night research discussion?

Brian Johnson, The Chemical Record

Brian Johnson, The Chemical Record

Jennifer O’Donnell, European Journal of Organic Chemistry

Sarah Millar,

Jennifer O’Donnell, European Journal of Organic Chemistry

  • Freeze-dried ice-cream

    Some freeze-dried ice-cream makes an ideal gift for anyone that’s ever wondered what it’s like to be an astronaut

Sarah Millar,


  • Periodic Table

    Posters of the periodic table in various designs (and not necessarily of the elements)

Rachel McGlue, Chemistry – A European Journal


Jennifer O’Donnell, European Journal of Organic Chemistry

Guido Kemeling, ChemSusChem

  • T-shirts

    Protons have mass T-shirt, the element of surprise T-shirt and other funny T-shirts

Heulwen Price, Chemistry – A European Journal


Rachel McGlue, Chemistry — A European Journal

Rachel McGlue, Chemistry — A European Journal

  • Galileo thermometer

    Galileo thermometers have been around for 400 years, yet our fascination with them never seems to fade

Sarah Millar,


  • Kevin Dunn — Caveman Chemistry

From the Creation of Fire to the Production of Plastics

Half a million years ago our ancestors learned to make fire from scratch. Their descendants transformed clay into pottery, wool into clothing, and ashes into cleansers. In ceramic crucibles they won metal from rock, the metals lead to colored glazes and glass. Buildings of brick and mortar enshrined books of parchment and paper. Kings and queens demanded ever more colorful clothing and accessories in order to out-class clod-hoppers and call-girls. Kingdoms rose and fell by the power of saltpeter, sulfur, and charcoal. And the demands of everyday folk for glass and paper and soap stimulated the first round of chemical industrialization. From sulfuric acid to sodium carbonate. From aniline dyes to analgesic drugs. From blasting powder to fertilizers and plastics. In a phrase, From Caveman to Chemist.

Heulwen Price, Chemistry — A European Journal

The story of The Periodic Table is one of man’s crowning scientific achievements. But it’s also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the scientists who discovered them.

Theresa Kuechman, Angewandte Chemie

Gives background information in microbiology and on the universal importance of bacteria for all forms of life. Written in an easy-to-read, entertaining style. Each chapter contains a `facts’ section with compact text and diagrams.

Vera Koester,



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