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0000-0002-8635-8390Recollect this earlier post on the topic of the Baeyer-Villiger reaction. In 1999 natural abundance kinetic isotope effects were reported and I set out to calculate the values predicted for a particular model constructed using Quantum mechanics....
0000-0002-8635-8390Open principles in the sciences in general and chemistry in particular are increasingly nowadays preached from funding councils down, but it can be more of a challenge to find innovativepractitioners. Part of the problem perhaps is that many...
0000-0002-8635-8390The university sector in the UK has quality inspections of its research outputs conducted every seven years, going by the name of REF or Research Excellence Framework. The next one is due around 2020, and already preparations are under way!...

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On 8th August this year, I posted on a fascinating article that had just appeared in Science (DOI:10.1126/science.1188002), in which the crystal structure was reported of two small molecules,1,3-dimethyl cyclobutadieneandcarbon dioxide, entrapped together inside...
It is not often that an article on the topic of illusion and deception makes it into a chemical journal. Such is addressed (DOI:10.1002/anie.201102210) in no less an eminent journal than Angew Chemie. The illusion (or deception if you will) actually goes to...
Do you fancy a story going from simplicity to complexity, if not absurdity, in three easy steps? Read on! The following problem appears in one of our (past) examination questions in introductory organic chemistry. From relatively mundane beginnings, one can...

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I was all set to write a review of an interesting study of bowtiene 1: its rearrangement to other C10H6 isomers and its dimerization. But as I was gathering my information, I wanted to prepare the images of the optimized geometries, and so I went to get the...
Contributed by Steven Bachrach.Reposted from Computational Organic Chemistry with permissionA short note here mainly to call to the readers attention a fascinating trialogue on the C2 molecule.1Shaik, Danovich, Wu, Su, Rzepa, and Hiberty2 recently...
A short note here mainly to call to the readers attention a fascinating trialogue on the C2 molecule.1 Shaik, Danovich, Wu, Su, Rzepa, and Hiberty2 recently presented a full CI study of C2 and concluded that the molecule contains a quadruple bond (see my previous...