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Chemical romance

Cobalt chloride crystals growing in a solution of sodium silicate. (Yan Liang/Caters News)

Chemical romance

These beautiful shots may look like works of modern art - but they are actually close-ups of chemical reactions. The works were snapped with the help of a group of scientists from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Anhui, China.

Titled Beautiful Chemistry the project was the brainchild of Yan Liang, an associate professor at the university. Yan revealed he was fascinated by chemical reactions during his studies, so when he began working at USTC in February made a connection with two other professors.

Supported by Tsinghua University Press and visual effects experts, Yan - along with the help of Professor Xiangang Tao and Dr Wei Huang - researched which reactions may potentially look dazzling. (Caters News)

Photography by Yan Liang

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