So much to love

So Chemjobber, the reigning potentate of goofy lists, sent out an edict yesterday to hear other people’s favorite things in chemistry. Here are some of mine:

Tetraphenylporphyrin crystals! Although honestly, I’ve never made batch this small.

  1. The lovely purple sparkliness of tetraphenylporphyrin
  2. Bantam ware
  3. Using that three-neck 3L flask that looks like a giant glass udder
  4. Running columns that would match the decor at a six year old girl’s birthday party (ie, fractions that are pink, purple, and orange)
  5. Beer at group meetings
  6. Short group meetings
  7. When my husband picks me up so I don’t have to drive home from group meetings
  8. Clean separation of compounds on only one prep TLC
  9. Beautiful, clean 2-D NMR spectra
  10. Fresh bottles of tetrakis(triphenylphosphine)palladium (0)

Although, I think my most favorite thing about chemistry is having a finished thesis. Oh wait! Hang on! I don’t have that! I must be hallucinating again. Repeated banging one’s head on the wall will do that, I guess.

Check out some other contributions: The Boiling Point, ScienceGeist, Curious Wavefunction, LabMonkey4Hire.

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