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Ever stop and read a magazine masthead? Y'know, the page where they list all the editors, staff, and Board members?Sometimes you find fun* surprises. National Geographic Magazine*Please state your answer in the form of a question...
(Reference: JLC1, JLC2, Derek1, Derek2)Since February 2014, Prof. Tohru Fukuyama's group has issued corrections to 11 published papers in three journals: Angewandte Chemie, Journal of the American Chemical Society, and Organic Letters. Fukuyama's former colleague, Dr. Satoshi Yokoshima (now at Nagoya U), appears as a co-author on 10 of the 11 papers.Chemical and Engineering News intrepid reporter Beth Halford recently interviewed the two men regarding their ongoing "Correction […]
...CARBORANES in the Brain!*Source: ACS Chemical Neuroscience | Sydney University From the pages of the (relatively new) journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience, comes this report about development of new antidepressants with rather...interesting appendages. The adamantyl (1) and Cookson's diketone (3) molecules shouldn't surprise, but the rest? You're not imagining things - those are blood-brain barrier-penetrant lead molecules based on cubane (2) and closo- and […]
Today's Google Doodle honors the 115th birthday of Percy Julian, chemical entrepreneur and first to synthesize physostigmine:Note that, with the exception of the (ugh) "resonance circle" of the aromatic core, that physo structure is spot on! Ditto cortisone, on the left, for which Julian developed one of the first commercial-scale processes.Want more? This NOVA special tells it well (thanks, Dr. Ru!). Highly recommended.
Catalyst: A substance that increases the rate of a reaction without modifying the overall standard Gibbs energy change in the reaction (IUPAC Gold Book).Though most chemists agree on the above definition, there have always been two camps: "Academic" catalysis (1-20 mol%, 5-100 turnovers), and "Industrial" Catalysis (<0.01 mol%, >10,000 turnovers). As more researchers seek to translate early discoveries into efficient, "green" processes, the desire for robust organometallic […]
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