Science, Tech, Math › Science Beaking Bad Chemistry The Chemistry Behind AMC's Breaking Bad TV Series Share Flipboard Email Print Science Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Basics Chemical Laws Molecules Periodic Table Projects & Experiments Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated October 27, 2019 Have you been wondering about the chemistry behind AMC's dramatic television series, Breaking Bad? Here's a look at the science of the show. 01 of 08 Making Colored Fire AMC In the pilot episode of Breaking Bad Walt White performs a chemistry demonstration in which he sprays chemicals onto a burner flame, causing it to change colors. Here's how you can do that demonstration yourself. 02 of 08 Making Crystal Meth US DEA The premise of the series is that chemist and chemistry teacher Walt White is diagnosed with cancer and seeks to make enough money to support his family after his death so he turns to making crystal meth. Just how hard is it to make this drug? Not that hard, but there are lots of reasons why you wouldn't want to mess with it. 03 of 08 Mercury Fulminate Tobias Maximilian Mittrach / Wikipedia Commons Mercury fulminate sort of looks like crystal meth, but is explosive. Mercury fulminate is easy to prepare, but you won't find many chemists excited about mixing up a batch. 04 of 08 Hydrofluoric Acid European Chemicals Bureau Walt uses hydrofluoric acid to dissolve a body. This works, but if you are going to use hydrofluoric acid (presumably not for that purpose), there are certain things you need to know. 05 of 08 Elements in the Body U.S. Geological Survey The third episode of Breaking Bad finds Walt pondering what makes a man. Is it the elements of which he is comprised? No, it's the choices he makes. Walt thinks back on his past and reviews a bit of biochemistry. 06 of 08 Cleaning Glassware Siede Preis / Getty Images If you are going to use glassware for chemistry, it's probably a good idea to learn how to get it clean. Dirty glassware can lead to contamination. You wouldn't want that, would you? 07 of 08 Ricin Beans Anne Helmenstine The first episode of Season 2 finds Walt making up a batch of ricin. Ricin is bad news, but you don't need to fear castor beans or accidental poisoning. 08 of 08 Blue Crystal Meth Jonathan Kantor / Getty Images Walter White's trademark meth is blue rather than clear or white. The blue crystal meth used in Breaking Bad really is blue rock candy or sugar crystals. You can make blue crystals yourself, for snacking while watching the show.