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This molecule looks like an insect, and it is a phosphonate; hence “Phosphonosect”.


This is the Glu-Glu-Glu molecule. Glu is short for glutamic acid, so this is a molecule made up of three glutamic acids. Even a baby can say this molecules name!

Glu drop Glu-Glu-Glu forms part of the vitamin Folic Acid. Eat a lot of leafy green vegetables and you will get much Glu-Glu-Glu


A molecule that looks like a Piranha fish.
Piranha If a school of these is after you, you have less than a minute remaining…


This molecule is from the ketone group (e.g. Acetone) and it looks like a porcupine. Therefore we called it Porcupone.

The full chemical name of Porcupone is:
(3S,4S,5S,6R,7R,8S,10S,11R)- 3-((3R,4R,5R,6R)-4,5-diisopropyl- 2,2,6,7-tetramethyloctan-3-yl)-8-((R)-2,3-diisopropyl-4-methylpentyl)-6-((R)-heptan-2-yl)-7-((3S,5S)-7-isopropyl-2,2,3,8-tetramethylnonan-5-yl)-5,10,11,12,12-pentamethyl-4-(undecan-6-yl)tridecan-2-one.

Sea Amine

This amine molecule looks like two boats at sea. Set sail with the sea amine!

The chemical name of the Sea Amine is: N-cyclohexyl- N- (8,9,10,11,12,13-hexahexylicosan-7-yl)- cyclohexylamine.


This is a molecule from the aldehyde group. The names of aldehyde molecules end with -al. This molecule looks like a serpent, hence Serpental. You can see it shedding its skin below.
The chemical name of Serpental is Hexacontanal.