You know what I like best about chemistry? That you learn something new every single day, no matter how long you’ve been doing it. In between meetings yesterday, I decided to kill off a couple of minutes by clicking around on Wikipedia, and stumbled on something that was totally new to me: The synthesis of […]
I’m looking for an organic* material – a killer dye – with the following properties.
Must have Nice price. In other words, not something fancy from the latest issue of JACS. Commercial availability and in stock. Not in “8-12 weeks.” Chemical INSTABILITY towards light. Preferably at a defined wavelength. Say 254 nm; not […]
As if the cost for journal subscriptions for universities and companies wasn’t bad enough today, there is a growing number of really stinky players in the field. This in my inbox today:
Date: May 11, 2014 08:27:19 CEST
To: [email protected]
Subject: Dear (my real name)
Dear (my real name)
These freight cars were recently spotted somewhere in North America. Note especially the “hot” in ammonium nitrate!
I can’t see the need for a trail derailment emergency plan. If it crashes it CRASHES.
To answer my own question: Not in this life. You?
Had a couple of minutes to kill. Did a web search for “what is the difference between inorganic and organic chemistry.” Skipped directly to search results page 3 and beyond to find the most horrible and entertaining examples. Such as this.
I think Organiic chemistry is chemistry most ly about living things and carbon and […]
So, I made a batch of black powder in a commercial context. It was eventually used in a Swedish national television show, featuring yours truly as the guest host talking about alchemy and related matters. Details to be disclosed at a later stage.
Anyway, there were some leftovers, and my 7-year-old son and his cousin […]
Remember I showed you a successful crystallization of a chiral material a while ago? Probably not. It was almost three years ago. Damn. This is the old post I am talking about.
Just wanted to tell you that I am today at liberty to show you the exact structures! Our scale-up story […]
Alright, so you spent most of the day nailing down a certain reaction, and just in time you found a promising lead in the literature. The only thing left now to be able to run your desired reaction is going through the details. It is then you don’t want any of these.
1. Questionable purity […]
I love it when you limit your SciFinder search to one discrete synthetic step and find reactions such as this. Yeah, I’m being a bit sarcastic.
OK, in a matter of hours I managed to get their attention on Twitter. As an organic chemist, I find this discussion (below) quite bizarre. How can […]