Famous Compounds

We meet famous compounds everyday. It is the molecular structure of these compounds that gives them their unique properties. Below are designs of some celebrities. Click on the molecule image to see products with that design. Click on the product of your choice to see details. Don't get it?

Caffeine is the compound that gives the kick to your morning coffee; and your 10 o'clock coffee; and your after-lunch Espresso; and your afternoon Java; and your evening Latte.......


Click on the molecule design to link to a page with several caffeine related designs. Click on the design of your choice to see all the products available.

The compound that gives the kick to Wasabi is allyl isothiocyanate (there are additional isothiocyanates in Wasabi, but this is the main one). It forms upon enzymatic hydrolysis of a glucosinolate by the enzyme myrosinase. The Wasabi paste is made from the root-like stem of the plant Wasabia Japonica. See C & E News


Capsaicin is the HOT stuff in Chilli peppers.


Lycopene is the red pigment in tomatoes and watermelons. It is an antioxidant.

Cinnamaldehyde is the flavor compound in cinnamon.

Fluoxetine, the most famous antidepressant.

Heme forms part of Hemoglobin, the protein that transports Oxygen in the blood.