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  • The Invisible Fight for Iron

    One of the things that I have always liked about the sciences is that you get a behind-the-scenes look at what’s really going on in the world (which is so… Read More
  • Today’s Lab Prep

    OK, this one’s a fairly easy procedure, which you will find way back in Volume 6 of the ever-entertaining Inorganic Syntheses. You’ll need a tube fu… Read More
  • Surfin’ On The Surface

    There are a lot of ways to think about the chemical reagents that we have stirring around in our flasks. But one of the basic ones, and one of the most useful,… Read More
  • Neil Bartlett, 1932-2008

    I’ve neglected to note the death of Neil Bartlett, famous for showing that the noble gases would in fact form chemical bonds. This work was a real triumph, si… Read More
  • Copper: A Gentleman’s Disagreement

    I was running a copper-catalyzed coupling reaction the other day when my summer intern asked me how it worked. I showed her the mechanism that the authors of th… Read More
  • A Salute

    Dr. Warfield Teague is retiring this year, which makes me feel old. He was one of the professors who helped make me what I am today – in his case, partly by k… Read More