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Jun 07

Coin Flip Game to Teach NMR Coupling and J-Value Concepts


One of the most frustrating units for me to teach in my sophomore organic chemistry class is the coupling/j-value concept in the NMR chapter. Going through the tree diagrams, we can get to a place where we understand that 3 neighboring protons cause a quartet, but I’m not convinced they really understand why. It gets …

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Jun 02

Hottest Chemistry Paper May 2012


The most popular paper as measured by unique clicks at ChemFeeds for May was work using rotoxanes as metal-organic frameworks by the Stephen J. Loeb group. Assuming you’re not in the UC system and you have access to Nature Chemistry you can view it here, “Metal–organic frameworks with dynamic interlocked components” by V. Nicholas Vukotic …

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May 25

1 Million Served

Earlier in the week Chemistry Blog crossed the 1 million visitor mark. I just want to say thank you to all the readers and fellow writers that have helped to make this happen. It has been a good 6 years. Best, Mitch

Apr 04

Most Popular Chemistry Paper for March 2012

ACS 2012 Winners

Like January 2012, the most accessed paper for March 2012 on ChemFeeds was a small feature in Angewandte highlighting winners receiving recognition for their work, in this case the ACS 2012 National award. The winners in no particular order were David O’Hagan, Arnold L. Rheingold, Philip P. Power, Jonathan A. Ellman, Christopher A. Reed, Stephen …

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Mar 17

Most Popular Chemistry Article for February 2012


I forget that ChemFeeds allows me a very unique window into the popularity of various chemistry articles across chemistry publishers (e.g., ACS, RSC, Nature). For February, the most popular article was an editorial penned by Roald Hoffmann critiquing the chemistry community’s response to the 2011 chemistry Nobel prize. What, Another Nobel Prize in Chemistry to …

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Jan 20

Organic Chemistry Extra Credit You Tube Parody Videos

Last spring, a few of my students made me an awesome parody video of Rebecca Black’s Friday, “It’s Lab Day.” This semester, nearly half my class turned in lots of great parody videos.  Not all of them wanted to be shared publicly, but here are most of the videos my class made me!   Sunglasses …

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