Chemical Crystal Digital Video Gallery

Chemical compounds can exist in three basic phases, gaseous, liquid, or solid. Gases consist of weakly bonded atoms and expand to fill any available space. Solids are characterized by strong atomic bonding and have a rigid shape. Most are crystalline, having a three-dimensional periodic atomic arrangement. Some, such as glass, lack this periodic arrangement and are noncrystalline, or amorphous. Liquids have characteristics that fall in between gases and solids. This cinemicrographic collection shows time-lapse videos of various chemical compounds as they change physical states.

  • Acetylcholine Chloride

    Acetylcholine Chloride

    Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for gated binding control of cation channels to allow inflow of sodium into muscle cells.

  • Ammonium Persulfate

    Ammonium Persulfate

    Ammonium persulfate crystals are used as an alternative to traditional ferric chloride solutions for copper etching.

  • N-bromosuccinimide


    Used by the pharmaceutical and chemical industries as an intermediary, N-bromosuccinimide serves as an oxidizing agent.

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    Cholesteryl Acetate

    For animals, cholesterol is essential to life, a primary component of the membrane that surrounds every cell.

  • DDI

    Dideoxyinosine (DDI)

    Didanosine is marketed in the United States and Canada under the trade name Videx.

  • DDT


    One of the most effective, if deadly, pesticides, this organochlorine insecticide is certainly the most historically significant, due to its effects on the environment.

  • Laetrile


    Originally marketed during the 1920s by the famous biochemist Forest T. Krebs, Laetrile is a very controversial treatment for cancer.

  • Niacinamide


    Niacin (Vitamin B3) is commonly known as nicotinamide in the biochemical community and plays a role in the biosynthesis of pyridine nucleotides.

  • Picolinic Acid

    Picolinic Acid

    Picolinic acid is the body's prime natural chelator of the vital trace elements chromium, zinc, manganese, copper, iron, and molybdenum.

  • Piperazine


    Piperazine is an anthelmintic drug used in the treatment of endoparasitic "worm" infestations in humans and domestic animals.

  • Piperidone


    The piperidones are a family of organic chemicals characterized by a 6-carbon ring having a substituted nitrogen and a double-bonded oxygen atom.

  • RU-486 (Mifepristone)

    RU-486 (Mifepristone)

    Dubbed the "French abortion pill" and the "month after pill", the pharmaceutical RU-486 was released to wide acceptance in Europe.