Asparagine, Aspartate, Glutamine and Glutamate

There are four amino acids that are intrinsically linked by the similarity in their structures, and unsurprisingly, the stories behind their names are just as intertwined. I am of course referring to the compounds with the carboxylic acid and primary amide side chains: asparagine, aspartic acid, glutamine and glutamic acid. Asparagine Asparagine was the first… Continue reading Asparagine, Aspartate, Glutamine and Glutamate


The terminology used by scientists of one generation can be very revealing of the misconceptions of the previous ones, and in the worst-case scenarios this can lead to these misconceptions being propagated. To put it another way, sometimes generic names for chemicals can be confusing to the student of chemistry, and only really make sense… Continue reading Acetone