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What's in a name? The etymology of common carbohydrate names


This project is focused on discovering the etymology of the names of common organic compounds through the analysis of historical writings, including journals and books. The information from this research is synthesized into comprehensive stories delineating the historical roots of the development, discovery, and naming of important reagents. The goal is to engage people with organic chemistry from a different perspective, and to expose chemists to the historical origins of the compounds with which they interact on a daily basis.


Cohen, Ella, "What's in a name? The etymology of common carbohydrate names" (2017). Summer Research Symposium. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library.



  • Summer Research Symposium

    Each year, Brown University showcases the research of its undergraduates at the Summer Research Symposium. More than half of the student-researchers are UTRA recipients, while others receive funding from a variety of Brown-administered and national programs and fellowships and go …