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A new chapter in Introductory Organic Chemistry course. Lecture PowerPoint file and laboratory document are also included in this work.

  • The goal of this chapter is to cover the basic ground of the food additives from the perspective of organic chemistry. This chapter has three parts.
    • Part one: Introduction of the food additive industry including the history, definition and the purposes of food additives.
    • Part two: The terminology in food additives and in organic chemistry, how to locate trustworthy data sheets for chemicals, and how to interpret the toxicity data.
    • Part three: Different families of organic compounds used as food additives in modern food industry, discussions about their structures, chemical properties and health concerns.
  • Lecture PowerPoint slides have all in-class questions/discussions and after-class assignments listed.
  • Laboratory document – Synthesis of Yellow 5 (Sunset yellow), an Azo dye used in food industry. Document includes a short introduction, detailed experimental procedure and post-laboratory questions.

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Food Additive Chapter_Lecture Slides.pptx (4334 kB)
Lecture Slides

Food _Additive_Yellow 6 Synthesis Experiment.pdf (104 kB)
Laboratory Document - Yellow 5 Synthesis



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