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Still In The RBF »

[24 Oct 2010 | 116 Comments | 60,533 views]
Lycoflexine

Ramharter, Mulzer, Weinstabl. JACS, 2010, 132, 14338-14339. DOI: 10.1021/ja107533m
I love the fact that one can just look at a molecule and then guess the author of the synthesis.  And when I first glanced at Lycoflexine, the name Johann Mulzer was at the top of my mind.  (However, on closer inspection, the starred author is one Juergen Ramharter, even though Mulzer is also named…)  This makes me smile for two reasons – firstly, Mulzer always works on small, yet interesting targets.  Secondly, I routinely learn something new in his work.
To say …

Editorial »

[6 Oct 2010 | 48 Comments | 29,229 views]
Nobel Prize in Chemistry Announced

Just a quick post-ette to congratulate Richard Heck of the University of Delaware, Ei-ichi Negishi of Purdue University, and Akira Suzuki of Hokkaido University for finally getting the recognition they deserve.  Decades of science have relied upon the palladium mediated reactions these guys pioneered, and it’s great to see that recognised.  I also feel that these are the correct chosen three in what is now a huge field, but I’m sure not everyone agrees.
Some links:  Nobel Announcement – Guardian – BBC.
I’m also glad that the Graphene chemistry was acknowledged this year, making this year a …