Many times have I been involved in projects in which we have synthesized sulfur-containing advanced organic materials, to pass on to physicists who in their labs stick them to gold surfaces. Self-assembly is one among many a good reason for doing these things. Our compounds have been either thiols or disulfides. My [...]
I have received a number of emails from journalist from all over the world since my last post. I haven’t replied to any of those. Let me explain why – this is all I have for you today.
I had never heard of Emma Drinkel or Reto Dorta before this [...]
Any chemist with access to the internet cannot possibly have missed the developing story of the Dorta Paper, summarized by this picture
From the SI of: Organometallics 2013, Article ASAP (DOI: 10.1021/om4000067)
and in this post over at ChemBark, which is being updated as the story unfolds – [...]
Anagrams are fun.* The rule is you take a word or phrase, rearrange the letters using all of them exactly once, to produce a new word or phrase. The difficult part is to come up with something that is not complete nonsense. Today, I had a go at the titles of a couple of chemistry [...]
DrFreddy not like spam so much. Especially not to his work email address. This time, and this time only, DrFreddy couldn’t resist the temptation to reply. Hehe.
I will update this post as new messages are being sent and received. Stay tuned for action! I will take this as far as possible. If you have [...]
β-Nitrostyrenes can be used for many things. Such as making speed, meth and ectsasy. Yup, this one is for you, dear reader who came here via Google. Rougly 40 % of you search for “how to make speed” or something very similar, say my Analtyics data. So, feel most welcome, dear underground Sirs and Madams. [...]
Over the past few days, Google, Facebook, Skype, Microsoft, Twitter, yeah all the big players have come forth and stated that they have never heard of PRISM, and that the NSA certainly has no backdoors to their servers and blah blah blah.
We would like to go on record [...]
Today, the 26th of May 2013 an unnamed chemist travels across the Pond to resettle as a post-doc in the United States. I’ve been invited to join a blog shower (whatever that means), in which we, your fellow writers, celebrate your big day, hopefully with a tiny element of surprise, by posting more or less [...]
This is a follow-up to the quest posted before regarding the most straightforward, but not necessarily the most elegant, synthesis of 3,4-difluorothiophene. Bear in mind, our goal was to get a decent amount of the material as swiftly as possible; a completely new reaction type for Org. Lett. would have been nice, but [...]
I am therefore delighted to be able to do so here, and hence put a final [...]