April 22, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the first use of chemicals in war. In a recent episode by Reactions (previously), they discuss the use of Bromine, but it failed most of the time. All of that changed when Nobel Prize winner, Fritz Haber, who invented the Haber process to “convert nitrogen in the air to ammonia, a pre-cursor to fertilizer.”
Haber is considered the “Father of chemical warfare” because he crafted deadlier chemical weapons during World War I. The video explains what happens to the body when exposed to these toxic chemicals.
To learn more about the history of chemicals in war, a German soldier’s diary of the gas attack, and more; visit American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Chemical and Engineering News’ (C&EN) mini-site, 100 Years of Chemical Weapons.