In an attempt to make chemistry more accessible to the public through digital media & technology, Tsinghua University Press and the University of Science and Technology of China collaborated to create Beautiful Chemistry. The project includes several short films, shot with a 4K UltraHD camera, capturing a variety of chemical reactions. At the molecular scale, the team, led by Yan Liang of, used interactive technology to showcase some of the most beautiful chemical structures selected from a large volume of scientific literature, and the results are mesmerizing.




Eight types of beautiful chemical reactions are presented in this short video. For more information, please visit:

More than 100 years ago, German biologist Ernst Haeckel published his famous work Art Forms in Nature, which was very popular in his time. His exquisite, Art Nouveau style illustrations brought exotic marine and microscopic life forms to the the eyes of the public. We hope to follow the footsteps of Haeckel, using digital media and technology to bring the beauty and wonder from the chemistry world to a wide audience. In addition, we want to achieve a unique aesthetic of chemistry, making chemistry approachable and lovable. If our effects could get more kids and students interested in chemistry and change people’s negative opinion towards chemistry, we would be extremely satisfied.

Video & Editing
Yan Liang (

Chemical Reaction Design
Xiangang Tao, Wei Huang, & Yan Liang
Chemical reactions were shot at the Chemistry Experiment Teaching Center of USTC

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