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Wow, real life really kicked my ass there. I'll try and post a couple of things a month again from now on, although posts may be shorter for a while! Thanks for still reading! BRSM An Enantiospecific Synthesis of JiadifenolideErik J. Sorensen et al., 2014,53,...
I originally started writing this post before Christmas but then lost the near-completed version with the death of my laptop. However, I recently found some old backups and decided to finish it up and put it online for your enjoyment. Have fun!---BRSM.Total...
A funny thing happened the other day: I went onto the Sigma-Aldrich website to order some undecacyclo[10.8.0.0(2,11).0(3,6).0(4,9).0(5,8).0(7,10).0(13,16).0(14,19).0(15,18).0(17,20)]icosane, and was amused to notice a rather M. C. Escher-like rendering of the...

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 Before you hurry to check JACS, I made this myself.The ongoing trend towards more colourful graphical abstracts is a perennial topic for discussion around the blogosphere.[1] Rather than draw attention to recent crimes against chemical decency, many of...
Thanks to a recent xkcd comic I've just discovered a wonderfully concise new way to communicate non-overlapping Venn Diagrams:Fromhttp://xkcd.com/1180/For example, here's a statement my boss made last week expounded thus:I quite enjoy thecontradictionbetween...
Or: Somewhat Like CookingWe all know what its like to be desperate for a reaction to work; to need a result so badly, or to have a supervisor breathing down our necks, telling us that something must be possible. Im sure all bench chemists can remember searching...

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AKA the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.Organometallics aside, the greatest advance since the days of Fieser and Fieser isn’t the development of new chemical transformations [1]. Rather, it’s the gradual replacement of hazardous or toxic reagents with...
AKA the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.Organometallics aside, the greatest advance since the days of Fieser and Fieser isn’t the development of new chemical transformations [1]. Rather, it’s the gradual replacement of hazardous or toxic reagents with...
*This post is dedicated to BRSM, on the occasion of his move to the United States*Let’s talk language. Time, geographical separation, and the odd rebellion have pulled the United States and the United Kingdom apart, and this has left it’s mark on...