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Kitchen Chemistry at the Scotch Plains Public Library


SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Dr. Benny Chan of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) School of Science will be at the Scotch Plains Public Library (1927 Bartle Ave.) on Monday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m. to demonstrate how chemistry impacts the food we enjoy.

Dr. Chan teaches a course at TCNJ that allows students to break down recipes, experiment with certain aspects, and explore chemical principles such as thermodynamics or denaturation. He will bring a taste of that class to the library by discussing the science behind dishes such as pancakes, caramelized bananas, and liquid nitrogen ice cream. Samples will be included.

This program is part of the Scotch Plains Library's summer reading program, and is free and open to all interested participants. Advanced registration is required. Register online at, call 908-322-5007 x204, or e-mail

The Scotch Plains Library is located at 1927 Bartle Avenue, one block from Park Avenue in the center of town.

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