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 0000-0002-8635-8390 The Book of Kells is a spectacularly illuminated gospel manuscript dating from around 800AD and held in Trinity College library in Dublin. Some idea of the colours achieved can be seen below. I thought it would be of interest...
 0000-0002-8635-8390 Linear free energy relationships (LFER) are associated with the dawn of physical organic chemistry in the late 1930s and its objectives in understanding chemical reactivity as measured by reaction rates and equilibria. The Hammett...
 0000-0002-8635-8390 There is emerging interest in cyclic conjugated molecules that happen to have triplet spin states and which might be expected to follow a 4n rule for aromaticity. The simplest such system would be the triplet state of cyclobutadiene,...

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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...