About the Book
Carbon resides in every nook and cranny of your body viz. hair and nails, skin, viscera, blood, arteries, veins, muscles, brain, nerves, bone cells etc. It's in the clothes you wear; the fruits you relish; the steaks you crave; the spirits that get you inebriated; the books you avidly read; the works of art you adore; the instruments that produce the music you enjoy; the non-alcoholic beverages that invigorate you; the buttered toast you scoff; the cheeses that send your taste buds into overdrive; the numerous condiments and appliances in your kitchens (not least non-stick frying pans) that enable you to create tasty meals; the creams, lotions, shampoos and perfumes you pamper your body with; the detergents that clean your clothes; the countless gizmos and computer related paraphernalia you cannot live without; the vehicles that take you places and the fuels which power them; the medications that keep you alive; the drugs that alleviate your pain; the enzymes that enable you to function and ultimately the blueprint of life (your DNA) that houses genetic instructions which oversee the way you develop and function. The list is quite literally endless.
My books: The long reach of organic chemistry: an eclectic journey down carbon lane, parts 1 & 2; Water: a biography of the planet’s foremost, fundamental fluid; Blood: life's most wondrous transportation system; Alcohol: a spiritual exposition, an intemperate odyssey; Oxygen: the story of a primal fluid of vital importance to all life forms & our intimate relationship with this extraordinary gas; Time for reflection: the unsustainable demand for water & the consequences for our planet; What a load of bails & Spin washed and Kumble dried. My education: PhD in Physical Chemistry, Salford University. My research: using chromatography, particle sizing, microscopy, calorimetry, spectroscopy & rheology to study elastomers, plastics & hydrocolloids viz. starches, tree gum exudates, mucopolysaccharides, xanthan gum, konjac mannan, pectin, wheat protein, cellulose, hyaluronic acid, inulin, quorn, agar, alginates, carrageenans, dyes & sugars