The Chemistry of Death


Death is something that all of us will encounter at some point in our lives, we are all affected by it everyday. Death has been researched beyond imagine, yet there is still some things unknown about what happens during, and especially after Death. The mystery of what happens to you when you pass away has been of great interest to many people over millennia, and nobody actually knows, or will know.

I chose this theme because I figured it would be something very interesting to study and learn about. I had also just watched the movie “The Lazarus Effect” which is about a group of scientists who experiment with death and resurrection, which initially sparked my interest. I’ve always had some curiosity as to what people go through when passing, and though it’s kinda morbid, I just thought it would be something to know about since we all will go through it in our lives.

This theme doesn’t directly affect my life, although I have lost some distant relatives. And that’s about it, I do know however, that eventually during my life I will be affected by this theme, and I feel that I should know maybe a little something about a process that will make a dramatic impact on my life.

Composition of ...

    • DMT : C₁₂H₁₆N₂ : Dimethyltryptamine : A psychedelic compound. included in the Tryptamine family. It is a drug produced in the Pineal Gland in the core of your skull, a very tiny sac that is one of the most protected part of your body. the gland releases small amounts of DMT during sleep, which causes dreams. and the whole reserve is released upon death, which most refer to “The white light” when passing and is considered as a drug to help ease the person through death and numbing the pain.
    • Oxygen : O₂ : Oxygen is an easy one, when you die you stop taking it in, without it, your body can’t do the simple tasks of life, such as breathing or circulating blood. And in addition, oxygen is very important to your cells mitochondria, which produces ATP.
    • ATP : C₁₀H₁₆N₅O₁₃P₃ٖ : Adenosine triphosphate :Produced in the Mitochondria. A Nucleoside Triphosphate, ATP transfers energy to cells for a process known as metabolism. It is the main component in Cellular respiration, Photophosphorylation, and Fermentation, also used by enzymes and proteins for many other cellular processes. When ATP is non-existent, your cells die. and thus, you die.
  • I did these chemicals because they are the most important in the beginning of Death, although there are many, many other components involved, such as compositions involved in Decomposition, Rigor Mortis and other such processes in death.

Chemistry's Role

Dimethyltryptamine, Oxygen, and Adenosine Triphosphate are all naturally occurring in nature. Although DMT can also be man-made.

DMT is an illegal substance and is made through extreme chemical processes involving explosive substances and other dangerous compounds. DMT is something you don’t want to get involved with.

Oxygen is naturally occurring on Earth and is very abundant in the air. all living things require oxygen in order to survive and live.

ATP is also naturally occurring in all living things, produced by the Mitochondria in cells, and is used in many cellular processes essential to living such as, Respiration and Metabolism.


Degradation of bodily tissues and proteins.

Composition of tissues.

Why they decompose after death,N-Dimethyltryptamine

Chemical composition of DMT and how it is released into the body during death

Processes of death

Signs of decay

Processes of death

Chemicals involved in death

About the Author

Jerry Valentine is a strikingly handsome young man with a heck of a future ahead of him. He is a participant in Billings Senior High activities such as Football, Basketball, and Track and Field. Jerry is a humorous kind of guy, definitely the type of guy you want around you at ALL times because of the awesomeness he creates, it seems as though when you are around him, an aura of pure awesome that leaves you awestruck. Jerry has a good mindset and tries to never be overcome with anger, he is always striving to be a positive influence and happy even though thats super cliche.