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“Delicious Chemistry” – How a PhD student learned to use his chemistry skills in cooking dishes

What sets chemistry apart from other natural sciences is its ability to be creative and find amazing solutions to long-known problems.

A PhD student Tshepo Dipheko from South Africa awakens a love for chemistry in people.

He doesn’t show it too much, but subconsciously reminds that chemistry surrounds a person absolutely everywhere – it’s in the body, brain, clothing, food and household items.

According to the student, it is impossible to remain indifferent, because “Chemistry is everything. We encounter it when we drink coffee or tea, hold a paper cup in our hands or set off fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

” Tshepo fell in love with chemistry at school: he was struck not only by the results of colorful chemical reactions, for example, “the serpent of the pharaoh”, but also by the structure of the periodic table and clear chemical equations.

Thanks to chemistry, life was ordered by formulas, elements and reactions. The passion for order and accurate measurements of powders and liquids has moved smoothly into the kitchen.

“I’m not the best cook you’ll meet on the road, but I prepare everything with my heart,” says Tshepo. It seems that the student approaches cooking in the same way as preparing the outcome of a reaction in the laboratory:

everything is effective, done correctly and the amounts of substances are scientifically verified accurately. But he says honestly that “there’s no smell of creativity here”.

When cooking, you need to respect the principle of all serious scientists in white coats: mix substances according to clear instructions without unnecessary amateur activity.

“South Africa does not have enough specialists in chemistry. — Says Tshepo. — Every year we need more and more people with these skills to develop the country’s chemical industry.

” After graduation, Tshepo is waiting for work in the chemical industry and for postgraduate research that offers the most opportunities for future scientific activities.