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Interesting Facts: Man-made Urea

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010


Urea - a molecular compound in human urine

Friedrick Wohler

Friedrick Wohler

In the past, organic compounds were restricted to those that could be produced only from living entities. These compounds were thought to contain a “vital force” based on their natural origin. This “vital force” concept was disproved in 1828 by a Geman chemist, Friedrick Wohler. Wohler synthesized a molecular compound found in human urine called urea. To accomplish this task he used the molecular compounds ammonia and cyanic acid. Urea became the first organic molecule synthesized by a chemist.