This Sunday, millions will watch the hotly anticipated conclusion of Breaking Bad, which tells the story of chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-overlord Walter White. We're celebrating the chemistry behind this acclaimed show with a new episode featuring Donna Nelson, Ph.D., a scientific consultant for the series.
"For those of us who are educated in science, whenever we see science presented inaccurately, it's like fingernails on the blackboard! It just drives us crazy, and we can't stay immersed in the show," says Nelson, a professor of organic chemistry at the University of Oklahoma.
In the video, Nelson details how she works with the show's creator Vince Gilligan and its writers to keep the scientific content accurate. This includes providing the chemical structures Walter White draws on his blackboard and calculating exactly how much methamphetamine could be produced from a 30-gallon drum of methylamine. For more, check out this bonus clip from our interview with Donna:
Produced by the American Chemical Society
Video by Elaine Seward