Exploring the chemistry of life
Have you ever wondered why meat turns red to brown when cooked? Or how do some flowers release pleasant fragrances and others unpleasant smells? Or even what are the fermentation processes involved in winemaking? The answer is simple: all chemistry, baby.
Ideally, we all need to have some knowledge of chemistry and apply it to our daily activities. The crazy thing about this is we usually apply them, but we do not understand the underlying background involved in all the reactions surrounding us.
The vocabulary used to discuss chemistry tends to be highly complex, so those who try to learn it retreat from concepts such as molecular structure, electronic configuration, moles, orbitals, and chemical bonds before realizing that these ideas are accessible and tend to arouse incredible curiosity.
Curiosity is what drives us. It makes us feel uncomfortable, unsatisfied, and thirsty for science. Today we will attempt to quench that thirst.
The history of the primitive man involved countless accomplishments in using tools, such as carving stones to make lances and artifacts to hunt their food and ensure their survival. But on numerous occasions, the nature of things was modified, and this was not simply a consequence of their carving of stones and tree stalks.
A furious thunderstorm could set fire to an entire forest and reduce it to ashes, no longer resembling the trees that had once grown there. Meat obtained through their hunting artifacts could spoil and have an unpleasant odor, and the juice of fruits could turn sour after a short time or sometimes become a strangely stimulating drink, like wine.
Primitive man could not discover the reason behind nature's transformation, but he did find out how to use these changes to his advantage. Such alterations in the nature of substances, accompanied by fundamental changes in their structure, constitute the object of the science we now call chemistry. And a fundamental alteration in the nature and structure of a substance is a chemical change.
The real possibility of obtaining benefits from chemical phenomena was when the man could produce and maintain fire some 1.42 million years ago. After such a breakthrough, man became a practical chemist who devised innovative methods to improve his lifestyle without necessarily taking the scientist's title.
Now things have evolved, some can say for the better, and others can say the opposite. We have special facilities (called laboratories) prepared with everything a chemist needs to perform their daily operations, from the purification of proteins to the manufacture of drugs and vaccines, to carry it to its more tangible activities.
Being part of the biotechnology industry means that you have the power to improve and bring those changes to everyday life. At Bioeutectics, we not only focus on producing high-performance solvents through chemical processes and eutectic technology, but we aim to make industries greener and more sustainable and keep safeguarding the environment the same way do today.
- María Guadalupe Gómez
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