Molecule of the Week

Capsaicin

August 18, 2008

The aromatic amide capsaicin is the “hot stuff” in chili peppers and paprika. It takes its name from Capsicum, the genus to which many peppers belong. It was isolated in 1816; its structure was elucidated in 1920; and it was first synthesized in 1930.

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