Ask me anything

As long as I’m not breaking any laws, confidentially agreements or someone’s heart, I promise to give each and every of the ten (10) first commentators to this post, on any topic, a frank and extensive reply; full disclosure. (Let’s say at least five sentences each.)

Don’t be shy – this can be fun! Especially since you can be anonymous, and I cannot. For the record, if you have no idea who the fuck I am, my bio is here or here.

No question is too small or too big. Pick a subject. I’m very liberal. Ask me anything!

Update 1: One question per person.
Update 2: When we reach 10 (in no time at all, it seems!), I’m gonna close this thread, and I will post all my replies in a separate post.
Update 3:Thank you all! Promise to hit you back in a couple of days, tops.
Update 4: Stupid promise… retracted now. Started writing on a couple of answers, realized how much time this will take. New deal: December 1st – all of it.


27 Responses to Father, scientist, nobleman — AMA

  1. Chemjobber says:

    What’s the biggest clusterfuck of a project you’ve been involved with, and how did you make it worse?

  2. Chemjobber says:

    I guess I’ll ask a nicer question, too — what advice would you give to someone in your region (Scandinavia, right?) about finding a job in our field?

  3. drfreddy says:

    Chemjobber: I’m altering the rules (or rather adding one): one question per person.

    Both of the above qualify – but you must pick one!

  4. Dr.Tesla says:

    I went to school in the US for Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. Should I pursue industry or academia? I like bench-scale research, but I also love scale up designs.

  5. See Arr Oh says:

    Shouldn’t all chemists be great cooks? Are YOU a great cook?

  6. SGP says:

    What has been the most rewarding experience of your career so far?

  7. Brandon says:

    What single decision or piece of advice has had the greatest beneficial impact on your chemistry career?

  8. Michael Barclay says:

    What do you think about chemistry Nobel prizes going to more biologically related fields? A detriment to our subject or an example of how chemistry can cross a variety of fields?

  9. What’s the best company(apart from yours!) or organisation in the world at the moment doing organic synthesis and OLEDs?

  10. Galen says:

    What do you think the next biggest thing in organic chemistry will be? Or if you like: What will the industry look like in 20 years?

  11. Rik says:

    3 unsolved problems in chemistry not mentioned in

  12. ThomasGD says:

    What are the computer programs that, as a chemist, would simplify your work, and that you can’t use because they don’t exist yet or are too expensive ?

  13. anon says:

    what’s the point of total synthesis and does it have a future?

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