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 0000-0002-8635-8390 The Royal Society of Chemistry historical group (of which I am a member) organises two or three one day meetings a year. Yesterday the October meeting covered (amongst other themes) the fascinating history of madder and its approximately...
 0000-0002-8635-8390 Here is the concluding part of my exploration of a recently published laboratory experiment for undergraduate students. I had previously outlined a possible mechanistic route, identifying TS3 (below) as the first transition state...
 0000-0002-8635-8390 Recently, the 100th anniversary of the birth of the famous chemist Derek Barton was celebrated with a symposium. One of the many wonderful talks presented was by Tobias Ritter and entitled “Late-stage fluorination for PET...

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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...