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Sep 26

Life in Chemical Development, Part 2.


In the first part of this little series I recounted my experience with two steps of a four-step sequence, now I would like to move on to the last two steps: The preparation of a benzyl chloride and it’s conversion to a benzyl azide. If you remember I had to convert 7098 kg of the …

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Aug 15

LeBron James Promotes Sheet-y Science


It’s been quite a year for the NBA All-Star: claiming his first NBA Championship, winning gold in the 2012 London Olympics, and now…promoting dietary supplements? The product in question, Sheets®, offers variations on the “breath strips” made popular roughly a decade ago. Each strip contains different GRAS additives, such as melatonin to aid sleep, or …

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Jul 05

A Bottle a Day keeps the Aging Away


Following on from the tea party where polyphenols reared their (ugly) heads a “highlight” has appeared in Angewandte Chemie English edition1, 2 pointing out the benefits of red wine, i.e. resveratrol. This is a well-known molecule, which has been at the centre of some controversy of late. Resveratrol is chemically trans3,5,4’-trihydroxystilbene: This compound can be …

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Jun 14

Glucose Fuel Cell for Medical Implants


Professor Rahul Sarpeshkar and colleagues at MIT have created an implantable fuel cell which relies on glucose as its fuel. The device could potentially be used as a power source for the computers needed to decode brain signals and manipulate prosthetic or perhaps paralyzed limbs. The article was published in PLos ONE. There are many …

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Jun 08

Sandwiches, Gluttons and Picky Eaters


This post is contributed by John Spevacek, an industrial polymer chemist and the author of the blog “It’s the Rheo Thing” Quintus guest-blogged recently on that iconic sandwich molecule, ferrocene, an iron atom sandwiched between two cyclopentadiene rings. Ferrocene is the first discovered and best known of a broader class of molecules called metallocenes, molecules …

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Apr 23

Yoe the Scientist’s Nano-Sized Brain


Deep in the heart of south-central Wisconsin, there lives a scientist who would prefer to remain nameless and (nearly) faceless.  We will call him Yoe. Yoe the Scientist   Yoe is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is interested in transforming the nature of matter. Yoe is also interested in things that …

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