Tagged: Poison

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The Rise and Fall of Tributyltin

A long-standing area of research is that of stannanes – or organotin compounds. First discovered almost 200 years ago, they continue to be relevant in industry and academia today. Although the mono- and tetra- substituted derivatives of tin are relatively...

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Why is Methanol Toxic, But Not Ethanol?

Ethanol (alcohol) is a poison that is widely consumed all around the world. However drinking methanol the same way leads to poisoning of a different, irreversible kind. We look at the chemistry and biochemistry involved in two very similar molecules, and...