It’s not just in coffee anymore. From drinks to jerky to gum, caffeine is everywhere. In our latest video, we take a look at the science behind the world’s most popular drug, including why that little molecule keeps you awake and reveal just how much caffeine is too much.
In our first video about caffeine, Dr Rob Stockman extracts the molecule from six cups of coffee. Video also features Professor Martyn Poliakoff and Dr Samantha Tang.
Indian chemists have discovered a highly elastic but crystalline material made from caffeine. The crystals maintain their elasticity down to -100°C, and could provide new design principles for making flexible electronic or micromechanical materials that take advantage of the highly ordered nature of crystals to improve energy and charge transfer properties.