# Should we implement the mhchem package to be able to typeset chemical formulas?

When Im active on chemistry.SE, I use this feature, which allows you to typeset chemical formulas into the latex framework, a lot. And I can imagine quite a few circumstances where it could be handy e.g. in this answer. Chemical-Engineering is, of course, the field which will benefit most of this.

You can see an example of mhchem in action here, where I explained why a gummy bear burns away if in contact with heated potassium chlorate.

• Good idea. Can't see how it would get in the way or cause any harm, and it could certainly be very useful for certain subjects. – Trevor Archibald Jan 23 '15 at 21:59
• I've generally used the \text{} function in the past (which seems to superficially cover some aspects), but mhchem would be awesome to have. – HDE 226868 Jan 23 '15 at 22:25
• WHAT?! I have another markdown subset to learn?! </jk> On a more serious note, yes, this would be helpful to have as we pick up more questions & answers involving chemical engineering. – user16 Jan 25 '15 at 15:54
• This may also occasionally benefit materials engineers, especially those working with polymers or ceramics. – wwarriner Feb 8 '15 at 19:20