This blog is my attempt to reconnect with the world of chemistry. I have a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry and make a living doing research for a large company in Michigan. As times have changed, that company has changed its focus and I no longer have as much chance to do the basic, fundamental research which I most enjoy. Through this blog, I am hoping to recapture the magic which I felt during my graduate (and undergraduate) days in college. Expect topics on chemistry and alchemy along with some non-chemistry related items which I think might be interesting.

"The chymists are a strange class of mortals, impelled by an almost insane impulse to seek their pleasure among smoke and vapour, soot and flame, poisons and poverty; yet among all these evils I seem to live so sweetly that may I die if I would change places with the Persian King."

Johann Joachim Becher (phlogistonist)
Acta Laboratorii Chymica Monacensis, seu Physica Subterranea, (1669).

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Miscellaneous Saturday

Know of any chemicals with funny or bad names? Paul May has an exhaustive list on his website. This list can be found mirrored all over the web, but I believe this is the original version. Certainly it has the best pictures and diagrams.

These scientists can tell your age by measuring proteins in your eyes. The procedure is a little involved, so don't expect it to replace the practice of carding underaged drinkers.

I've also added my first chemistry related link to the blog list, Curly Arrow. He may be an organic chemist, but any chemist who enjoys the colors of chemistry or uses chemical equipment as Christmas decorations must have a little inorganic chemist in him.

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