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Feb 10

The Blogversation Continues: A New Approach to the Fear of Chemicals and for a Course of Action


This post is part of an on-going dialogue between chemists on Twitter in an effort to unite the chemistry community do something about negative portrayal of chemicals in a positive and productive manner. I responded to Renee Webster’s kick off post and we’ve gotten a lot of excellent feedback both on Twitter and from bloggers. I’d like to respond to all …

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Nov 09

Rethinking the Jablonski Diagram


I am teaching a course titled “Spectroscopic Characterization of Molecules, Materials and Photovoltaics.” The first few lectures were on molecular photophysics and included a thorough introduction of the Jablonski Diagram (For anyone interested, my lecture ppt slides are available here). The Jablonski diagram, first introduced by Aleksander Jabłoński in 1933, is a graphical depiction of …

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Nov 04

Substitution vs Elimination reactions: Guest Blogging at Master Organic Chemistry


A while ago, I invited myself over to James’ Master Organic Chemistry blog, and he has graciously allowed me to write a series of blog posts. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be guest blogging at James’ place about substitution vs elimination reactions – the historically confusing unit for undergraduate OChem students. Part 1 of …

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Oct 23

A Short History of Proteins in Ink.


I teach a short course called Nature’s Robots (blatantly copying the title of Tanford and Renynolds’ book of the same name). It’s a potted history of protein science. I got bored of reading essays so I asked the students to create a short video on the subject instead. One of thems produced this absolutely beautiful …

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Sep 17

Disease-Focused Pharmaceutical Posters from the Njardarson Group


Jon Njardarson at the University of Arizona is well known for his group’s Top200 Drugs Posters. They chronicle the structure of the top 200 pharmaceutical drugs by both US retail sales and US prescriptions. Now, his group has changed focus slightly. The group takes a disease category, like the nervous system, and lists all small-molecule …

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Aug 27

The Underground Map of the Elements


My son loves trains. So I came up with a train related twist to an inspection of the periodic table. We sat and cut up a copy of the table and then rearranged each element as a ‘station’ on an underground rail system. Each line represents a characteristic shared by the elements on that line. …

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