Important message to all computational chemists: DO NOT MIX COMPUTERS AND CHEMICALS

It may end bad. At least it did so in our hand for this keyboard when exposed to an unintentional splash of dichloromethane.

Melting keyboard

Someone please call 911… wait.

 

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  3. Maksim says:

    Once I “mixed” my notebook – which I’m using to type it at the moment – and some… dozens of chloroform droplets. After that the computer became looking just sexier ;)

  4. Patrick says:

    Our old bench calculator had the odd solvent splash on it – some of the keys stuck so we had to do quite a bit of mental juggling to calculate correct tare weights without using “8″.

  5. Free Radical says:

    One of my students once put a dichloromethane solution of their product in a plastic weighboat. That ended poorly.

  6. Andrew says:

    While an undergrad looking after an optical spectroscopy lab for the summer, I had a visiting grad student attempt to record the fluorescence spectrum of a chloroform solution of a dye using our fluorimeter. Unfortunately, the student chose to use a plastic cuvette… Spent the rest of the day cleaning the sample chamber.

    That day I learned never to assume that a grad student is more knowledgeable than me simply by virtue of having completed more schooling.

  7. explosci says:

    Aluminum cased panasonic toughbook for the win! Entirely spill proof case.

    My calculator on the other hand, has the solvent splash wounds…

  8. Chris says:

    I wonder if an iPad would be a more robust solution?

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  10. [...] around the HPLCs, LC/mass specs, and so on, I’m surprised that we don’t see more of this. But that is the first keyboard I’ve seen melted in a lab setting – perhaps I’m [...]

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