Chemistry Dance 

by Dana Plesa

Some times I find myself falling in love with the behaviour of one of the substances that we study, which makes me to want to show the world how beautiful it is.

This was the case for these images. I had fallen in love with Mike’s (our synthetic chemist) formulation, which looks like it is dancing (to me) when it is involved in a chemical reaction.

The background media, in which I injected my solutions, behaves like a mould. In other words, it constrains the flow of the injected liquids and makes them chemically react in a particular way. The dispersion of the reaction products and the movement of the liquids “brushing” against each other create the effect of a moving dancer “frozen” in the middle of its dance … the end result is the “Chemistry Dance” collection that consists of time-lapsed images.