Is the chemistry in Breaking Bad accurate? We took a look

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From 2011-2012 we published a number of articles looking at the science behind Breaking Bad.

These articles were part of the On-Screen Chemistry series originally published in InfoChem and later in The Mole.

  • In the first article, Jonathan Hare examines whether it’s possible to poison gangsters with phosphine gas
  • The second article looks at the famous acid bath scenes
  • Thermite break-in explains the chemistry of melting a lock with iron oxide and aluminium powder
  • The final article asks if a crystal of mercury fulminate can blow up a room