I have teaching in my blood. My mother is a teacher and my father was a text-book writer (now retired), so one could say I was brought up under pedagogical conditions 🙂

In 2002, I believe the year was, I was teaching advanced organic chemistry for undergraduates as part of my thesis work. One of my students, Marcus Angelin, really stood out. I noticed from day one that he was special. They say a bad diploma worker will take out a wall and a good one will merely double your workload, but with Marcus neither of this was true. He truly helped me perfect a couple of really useful reactions that eventually led to one of my earlier publications.

Marcus, I am so sorry for luring you into organic synthesis in the first place!

Naturally, Marcus continued thereafter as an extraordinary PhD student and came to defend his thesis with brilliance last year. (I was in the audience with a fat smile on my face.)

What really impresses me is that alongside his “ordinary” research work, Marcus devoted a great deal of his personal time and published a couple of awesome educational stories in journals such as Journal of Chemical Education, which in my book really is the shit. Sharing is caring – knowledge is power. I am truly impressed, and I could only wish I that had that kind of energy and devotion in me.

Hence, I am delighted to be able to share one of Marcus’ contributions in this field with you here today. It is a game called “Where’s Ester? A Game That Seeks the Structures Hiding Behind the Trivial Names” (J. Chem. Ed. 2010, 87, 406-407. DOI: 10.1021/ed800129r)

Where's ester?

If you have institutional or corporate access to this journal, please use the above link to access the article. However, I know that a great deal of people do not have this sort of access, and here comes the cool part: The first 50 visitors can download a full version of this paper using this link, with compliments from the author and from ACS. (To be redundantly clear: Do NOT use this link if you can access the article via the standard DOI link, or you will burn one of the 50 free downloads.) You will have to sign up with ACS unless you do not have an account already, but it is swiftly done and free of charge. First come, first served!

Shuffle up and deal!


5 Responses to Early bird catches the worm — A gift from a dear friend

  1. balaji says:

    I think the 50 downloads are over.Anyother way i can read the article. thanks

    • drfreddy says:

      Oh, that was quick… Try emailing the author directly and kindly ask for a private copy. I really don’t think he will turn you down. You can find Marcus’ email address by clicking the DOI link above. Tell Marcus I say hi! 🙂

  2. Antoine says:


    I am a french student in chemistry and I think your articles are really good and usefull. Thanks for the job 😉

  3. Ckellz says:

    I really like this game! I wish my school knew about this back when I was in organic chem. I think I might try using this when I start teaching!

  4. julz says:

    seems that the 50 free downloads are not over
    I just downloaded it and I’m at home, and my uni doesn’t have acces to that anyway
    thanks 🙂

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