Most mixtures that chemists create in the lab may not always look special or appetising. But every once in a while, you would be tempted to take a bite of your product.

Rianne Lord from the University of East Anglia and her group are using transition metals to create new substances that could potentially work as anti-cancer drugs. One of her students, Imogen Turner, completed her bachelor’s degree by making functionalised β-diketonate ligands. After recrystallising such a ligand, these beautiful crystals were created, which are somewhat reminiscent of crême brûlée. The photo was posted in the category Chemistry in Pictures on the website of Chemical & Engineering News.

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