University Chemistry ›› 2018, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (7): 56-61.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX201802034

Special Issue: 化学科普

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Vengeance of the Caffeine Goddess

Yuqing WANG1,Yifan WANG2,Xueli ZHENG3,*(),Lang QIN4,*(),Di WU3,5,6,*()   

  1. 1 School of Life Sciences, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, P. R. China
    2 College of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, P. R. China
    3 College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, P. R. China
    4 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, West China Second University Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041;P. R. China
    5 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Office, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, P. R. China
    6 Department of Academic Affair, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, P. R. China
  • Received:2018-02-26 Published:2018-07-17
  • Contact: Xueli ZHENG,Lang QIN,Di WU;;
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The history, chemical properties, preparation methods, metabolic pathways and physiological functions of caffeine are introduced in a fantastic way. The working mechanism of caffeine in the human body is compiled in an interesting fairy tale. In this story, a boy fought against caffeine goddess and made her angry. She seduced the boy to extract and sell caffeine as drugs. But by the time of the deal, the goddess was softened by his apology and stopped the vengeance. However, the fact is that the teenager sold the caffeine as medicine rather than narcotics. The vengeance plan of the goddess had not been successfully implemented and the story had a happy ending.

Key words: Caffeine, Physical and chemical properties, Physiology, Catabolism, Science popularization


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