It’s funny when you start a new business, how many titles you (in theory) could add to your resume, without bending the truth. Today, I was a photographer. We needed a couple of good images for an upcoming ad campaign, so I brought my camera to the lab. Even though we are not nearly close to releasing anything in that area yet, I just figured I’d have to share one picture with you here and now, because it came out pretty damn good, IMHO.

This vial contains a very dilute ethanol solution of an extremely fluorescent organic material that we synthesized. Those who say organic chemistry lacks colors have obviously never worked with highly conjugated pi-systems!


11 Responses to Organic Chemistry in Technicolor

  1. Brandon says:

    Pretty cool. Any idea why the top is purple?

    • drfreddy says:

      Very typical for fluorescent materials; different colors in different angles, among many things. This material looks almost perfectly pink when subjected to natural light, but has a bluish tone under artificial light. Not to mention under the UV lamp. Cool stuff!

  2. Chemjobber says:


  3. Chemjobber says:

    Beautiful picture, btw.

  4. milkshaken says:

    I was making Bertozzi-type bent cyclooctyne hooked by ester bond to Rhodamine B, for copper-free click. Oh the glow-in the dark colors of so many futile but beautiful chromatographic columns

  5. lastpook says:

    Yay! looks familiar 🙂

  6. See Arr Oh says:

    Nice vials! Where do you get them?

  7. Maksim says:

    TAMRA 🙂

  8. Thomas says:

    You may be interested in some great tools for teaching Organic Chemistry. They were Developed by a Biology Professor at North Carolina University. So far he has programs to make the study of Functional Groups and Amina Acids very easy. Students get to grips with these complex images in a fraction of the time it normally takes. Check it out here: Amino Acids and Organic Functional Group recognition

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