Women in STEM: Vakare

This is the second episode of my interviews with Women in STEM. Today my guest is my dear friend and amazing colleague Vakare Merkyte. Hi Vakare! First of all would you like to tell us something about you? Ciao, Martina! Thank you for having me on your blog.I am 28 years old, 3rd year PhDContinue reading “Women in STEM: Vakare”

Chemistry of beer

The end of the week is near: beer is waiting for us. Beer is a fermented beverage composed by four ingredients only: water barley malt hop yeast Barley is mashed into malt and then water is added. At this point starch is degraded by enzymes. The addition of hops gives bitter notes to the beerContinue reading “Chemistry of beer”

Chemistry of tattoo

Tattooing has been practiced since thousands of years. The oldest tattooed skin ever discovered is the one of Ötzi the Iceman, dating around 3100 BC. Tattoo ink consists of pigments (color) and a carrier (the liquid part). The most common carriers are water, ethanol and glycerin. Pigments derive from mineral sources. Black, for example, isContinue reading “Chemistry of tattoo”