About the Book
It is the organic pigment chlorophyll that captures the Sun’s bountiful light energy by absorbing the red and blue parts of the visible light spectrum and reflecting green. This energy then splits (oxidises) the water molecule during the first stage of photosynthesis to generate molecular oxygen (the vital gas that keeps us alive) and hydrogen ions, the latter subsequently combining with carbon dioxide, reducing it to create the simple sugar, glucose which contains 6 carbon atoms. However, it has recently been found that this gas, in its ionic (bicarbonate) form, also performs a regulating function in the photosynthetic splitting of water. Retinol (Vitamin A1) is essential, not merely for eyesight but for skin maintenance, normal functioning of the immune system, embryonic development and red blood cells. The multitude of organic molecules and compounds is mind-boggling, numbering in the millions and their numbers are increasing, inexorably.
I obtained my PhD in Physical Chemistry from Salford University, Manchester in 1999 and have worked in chemical research, encompassing a diverse range of techniques (chromatography, particle sizing, microscopy, calorimetry, spectroscopy and rheology) and disparate materials including natural & synthetic rubbers and a variety of plastics. I have also researched water soluble polymers, both synthetic and hydrocolloid based. The latter includes starches, tree gum exudates (e.g. karaya, Arabic & kondagogu etc.), glycosaminoglycans (mucopolysaccharides), xanthan gum (produced synthetically or by bacterial fermentation), konjac mannan, pectin, wheat protein, cellulose, hyaluronic acid, inulin, quorn, agar (from red algae), alginates & carrageenans (found in brown and red seaweeds respectively) and various dyes, sugars etc.