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Dec 06

ACS LiveSlides: Another Step in Multimedia Science Publishing


Last March I introduced the Hanson research group’s five minute GEOSET videos. I’ve since learned that, in July 2013, Prashant V. Kamat (Deputy Editor), George C. Schatz (Editor-in-Chief) and their co-workers at the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters announced ACS LiveSlides™, a user friendly mechanism for generating and sharing video slideshows for each manuscript. As …

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Mar 12

Sharing Science: Distilling Publications Into 5 Minute Videos


Aiming to make our research more accessible, the Hanson research group will post five minute videos recapping each of our papers after they are published. This probably sounds like a very time consuming undertaking, but our group is very lucky to have access to GEOSET studio, a creation of our local Nobelist Harry Kroto. Harry, …

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Aug 28

Explosive Solutions


Instead of starting at the beginning of a paper I want to kick off this commentary with a statement from near the end: “Caution! Covalent azides are potentially hazardous and can decompose explosively under various conditions! Especially Hg2(N3)2, α– and β-Hg(N3)2, and [Hg2N]N3 in this work are extremely friction/shock-sensitive and can explode violently upon the …

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Aug 22

Alexandrite Effect: Not All White Light is Created Equal


Alexandrite is a gem that exhibits an amazing property. It appears red in incandescent light and green in sunlight. Incandescent light and sunlight both appear white when we look at them but, as Alexandrite demonstrates, not all white light is the same. Differences in white light sources can have a profound effect on how we …

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May 02

Polymers from Elemental Sulfur


This post is contributed by John Spevacek, an industrial polymer chemist and the author of the blog “It’s the Rheo Thing” While organic chemists are familiar with the elements, very seldom do we ever make use of them as a reactant. Sure, we add elemental magnesium to Grignard reactions and we can add halogens/hydrogen across …

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Jan 14

Molecular Mechanics


Synthesising small molecular machines has been somewhat limited to making molecules that can walk or spin round cogwheels. Mind you that is still pretty impressive. Now things are set to change with a recent publication in Science by Dr Leigh from the University of Manchester in the UK. The Manchester group synthesised a rotaxane (a …

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