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 0000-0002-8635-8390 The molecules below were discussed in th previous post as examples of highly polar but formally neutral molecules, a property induced by aromatisation of up to three rings. Since e.g. compound 3 is known only in its protonated...
 0000-0002-8635-8390 In several posts a year or so ago I considered various suggestions for the most polar neutral molecules, as measured by the dipole moment. A record had been claimed for a synthesized molecule of ~14.10.7D. I pushed this to a calculated...
 0000-0002-8635-8390 Around the time of the 2012 olympic games, the main site for which was Stratford in east London, I heard a fascinating talk about the “remediation” of the site from the pollution caused by its industrial chemical heritage....

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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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Last week the WATOC congress in Munich was a lot of fun. Our poster on photosynthesis had a great turnout and got a lot of positive feedback as well as many thought provoking questions. One of the highlights of my time there was seeing my former students and...
Last week the WATOC congress in Munich was a lot of fun. Our poster on photosynthesis had a great turnout and got a lot of positive feedback as well as many thought provoking questions. One of the highlights of my time there was seeing my former students and...
Following the example by Henry Rzepa, here an announcement of a meeting with a great program organized by the Beilstein Institut in Germany. The meeting does also mean I cannot attend another really important meeting, WikiCite, which has a partial overlap :(At...