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Chemistry Now: Chance Discoveries: Synthetic Dye

Chance Discoveries: Synthetic Dye--This video, part of a series on "Chance Discoveries" in chemistry, tells the story of the discovery of the first synthetic dye, mauvine (or mauve) in 1856, by a teenaged British chemist trying to make a synthetic quinine to treat malaria in the expanding British colonies.

Credit: NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation (NSF)


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