7+ of the Best Instagram Accounts to Follow for Chemists

For those who love chemistry, you simply must check out these great Instagram accounts.
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If you are a chemistry-addict you might want to consider checking out any of these 7+ great science and chemistry-related Instagram accounts. The following are far from exhaustive but are some of the best around.


Who are the best science influencers on Instagram?

If you are looking for some great science-related influencers on Instagram, then look no further than these wonderful Instagram accounts, (courtesy of influencerintelligence.econsultancy.com) : -

  • Dianna Cowern.

  • Natalie Panek.

  • Phil Torres.

  • Mitchell Moffit.

  • Neil Harbisson.

  • Abigail Harrison.

  • Pardis Sabeti.

  • Athena Brensberger.

What are the most popular scientist-related accounts on Instagram?

There are many great science-related accounts on Instagram but some are better than others. Mentalfloss.com, and other best-of lists, tend to rate the following popular science Instagram accounts very highly: -

  • Scott Kelly. 

  • Bipolaire61. 

  • Georgia Aquarium. 

  • Science Museum. 

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  • Popular Science. 

  • The Bronx Zoo. 

  • NASA Goddard. 

  • Liberty Science Center.

What are the best educational Instagram accounts to follow?

Many social media sites, like YouTube and Instagram, are not just about showing off your latest silly pictures. They can also, if used right, be great resources to actually learn something productive. 

According to sites like diygenius.com, here are some of the best Instagram accounts for educational purposes: -

  • NASA. 

  • U.S. Department of the Interior. 

  • Astrophysics. 

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  • The History Channel.

  • Curiosity. 

7 of the best Instagram accounts to follow for chemistry-lovers

But if chemistry is more your bag, you might also want to consider some of these 7 great Instagram accounts. Of course, this list is far from exhaustive and is in no particular order.

1. Kellen Kartub (@chem.with.kellen) is worth checking out

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Now that we have covered splitting and shift, you are ready to go out and predict structures using NMR! There is one final detail to cover, the TMS standard. I kind of lied the other day when I said the x-axis. Well, a lie by omission. I said that the x-axis corresponds to the radio frequencies at which signals appear, which is true. And I also said it is dependent on magnetic field strength, which is also true. But! For the most part, NMR is reported with relative frequencies and field strengths, not absolute. What that means is that you need a standard, something to compare your signals with. That is where the TMS comes in. Tetramethylsilane (TMS) is used as a standard in almost all NMR experiments. TMS has 12 protons, yet they are all equivalent, so they all have the same signal. More importantly, it is unreactive, easily removed from a sample, and its signal is distinct, making it a perfect standard. Since it is unreactive, it won't react with any chemicals in your sample. The fact that it is removable means you can recover your samples in case you don't have a lot to spare. And! Its signal is far enough upfield such that it won't interfere with commonly observed signals. So, TMS is always set as 0, regardless of the strength of your NMR's magnetic field, and all the numbers you report are actually how far downfield your sample's signal appears from the TMS signal. Modern machines do not alway require a TMS standard in your sample nowadays! They can be outfitted to use the deuterium signal from your solvent as a reference point! But, the software performs an extra step to determine what the signals would then be with TMS as your zero point, so we still use the TMS standard in theory, if not practice. Happy solving! #everydayscience #chemistry #science #scicomm #nmr #spectroscopy #standard #organicchemistry #classnotes

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Kellen holds a Ph.D. in chemistry and currently works as a Science Communicator for AAAS. She has a real passion for chemistry and loves to explain how important it is in our everyday lives.

Check out her account for daily updates about here 'toings' and 'froings'. 

2. Sacha Toussaint (@orgochemist) is brilliant

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Sacha is a Ph.D. candidate in Organic Chemistry at the University of Denver. Not only does he have an interesting chemistry-related Instagram account but he also runs an interesting little chemistry-themed Youtube channel.

3. Ella Maru (@ella_mura) is another good choice

If you are looking for something a little different, you really should check out Ella Maru. She is a scientific illustrator who designs covers, and other illustrations, for many leading scientific journals. 

4. Christopher King (@the_masterpiece_inside) is a must-see

Christopher King is another scientific illustrator whose works focus (pun intended) mainly on the microscopic world. His work is, frankly, amazing and will certainly brighten up your day.

You can also check out his work on linktr.ee. 

5. @theforsgroup is also pretty good

@theforsgroup is another interesting chemistry-related Instagram account. This account focuses on the daily lives of a group of chemistry grad students at Cornell University. 

If you are considering studying chemistry at university, this account will give you some 'intel' about what to expect. 

6. @tns_organicchemistry is great

Thrive Not Survive (TNS) is a great little Instagram account if you want some tips and tricks for thriving in organic chemistry. It is their mission to help others help themselves to "nail" their time at uni. 

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7. C & EN (@cenmag) is also worth checking out

C & EN (Chemical and Engineering News) is a veteran and highly respected chemistry magazine that has been in existence since 1923. It is published regularly by the American Chemical Society and is widely read.

They also joined Instagram a little while ago and are well worth checking out and following if you love chemistry as much as they do. 

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