Drink and Think – Components of Energy Drinks and the Chemistry behind them



Secondary School



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Tired and played out? Nearly everyone has reached for an energy drink or an isotonic drink in order to get a quick boost. But what are their components and how do they affect our bodies?

In the unit ‚Drink and Think’ chemical experiments are presented in which the component caffeine is detected, extracted and its concentration determined. Students learn to use various methods, such as classical thin layer chromatography, solvent extraction as well as an analysis of the caffeine concentration by making use of the Beer-Lambert law. With the help of simple focus exercises students are also able to test the influence of isotonic drinks and water on their own level of performance.

Authors: Kirsten Biedermann (DE), Emmanuel Thibault (FR)

Teaching Materials

Drink and Think

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Getränke mit Kick_DE

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Boissons énergisantes_FR

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Pij i żyj_PL

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Håll igång hjärnan_SV

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Bebe y piensa_ES

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Pít s rozmyslem_CZ

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Víz és teljesítmény_HU

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This unit is from: Football in Science Teaching

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