NNNS chemistry blog http://chem.vander-lingen.nl Chemistry blog : news - comments - basics in chemistry en-us 1440 Target ophiobolin http://chem.vander-lingen.nl/articles/Target ophiobolin/id/250/itemid/853 In a week with new alarming antibiotic-resistent superbug news (here) it is nice to know that least some people make the effort to make new antibacterial drugs. The synthetic target this week is a sesterterpene of the ophiobolin family and its creators Brill, Grover and Maimone of the University of Saturday 28 May 2016 14:15:37 Fun with ContentMine http://chem.vander-lingen.nl/articles/Fun with ContentMine/id/250/itemid/852 With 206 chemical reactions amassed in 4 years the CRD (Chemical Reaction Database) is not really making progress. For earlier episodes see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here,here and here. What is clearly lacking is the motivation to enter the d Friday 06 May 2016 00:04:46 Novel photochemical ammonia synthesis http://chem.vander-lingen.nl/articles/Novel photochemical ammonia synthesis/id/249/itemid/851 In nature, bacteria convert nitrogen to ammonia using a iron-molybdenum cofactor (FeMoCo) and a lot of ATP. As ammonia is valuable, chemists have been working on a synthetic ammonia synthesis process for ages that thus far has only yielded the brute-force high-temperature high pressure Haber process Friday 22 Apr 2016 23:51:04 2D-boron http://chem.vander-lingen.nl/articles/2D-boron/id/249/itemid/850 If you want to read up on the new two-dimensional boron sheets unrolled by Baojie Feng et al. you have options: choose either 'Experimental Realization of Two-Dimensional Boron Sheets' as published on arxiv (link, free-access) submitted 16 december 2015 or choose "Experimental realization of two-dim Friday 08 Apr 2016 21:10:19 Gas-phase SN2 rethink http://chem.vander-lingen.nl/articles/Gas-phase SN2 rethink/id/249/itemid/849 Interesting perspective by Xie and Hase in this week's Science on the topic of bimolecular nucleophilic substitution (SN2), The title "Rethinking the SN2 reaction" sounds alarming but only the gas-phase variety is in need of a reconsideration. So what is going on: the textbooks all present SN2 (X` Saturday 02 Apr 2016 14:56:18 Double methane borylation http://chem.vander-lingen.nl/articles/Double methane borylation/id/248/itemid/848 Interesting double paper header in this week's issue of the journal science, a methane borylation and a methane borylation! A University of Michigan team beat a University of Pennsylvania team by just 6 days! And as coincidences do not exist in chemical land this is worth investigating. Team Michig Sunday 27 Mar 2016 20:24:08 Energy storage on a large scale http://chem.vander-lingen.nl/articles/Energy storage on a large scale/id/248/itemid/847 Energy company Nuon announced today it will convert one of its gas power plants in The Netherlands into a ammonia / energy storage facility. The first in the world of this type (Link). This facility that goes by the name 'Magnum' opened in 2013 as a multi-fuel plant capable of processing gas, coal a Saturday 26 Mar 2016 15:39:15 Things to do with http://chem.vander-lingen.nl/articles/Things to do with /id/248/itemid/846 Things to do with a fullerene. Things to do with water and a fullerene. Things to do with water inside a fullerene? Things to do with two water molecules inside a C70 fullerene! This must have been the sort of thinking that went on inside the head of Yasujiro Murata. 15 years ago he brought you endo Monday 29 Feb 2016 22:11:36 Novel transfer hydrocyanation http://chem.vander-lingen.nl/articles/Novel transfer hydrocyanation/id/247/itemid/845 News in organic hydrocyanation. Reliance on hydrogen cyanide for any alkene hydrocyanation is taken for granted. Major disadvantages though: the gas is a poison for humans, the gas also tends to poison the catalyst. In a recent Science article Fang, Yu and Morandi describe an alternative approach Wednesday 10 Feb 2016 21:40:36 Sci Hub pirates http://chem.vander-lingen.nl/articles/Sci Hub pirates/id/247/itemid/844 With thanks to Rich Apodaca for the Twitter alert. A pirate-bay for science enthusiasts has been around for some time called Sci-Hub and without me knowing about it. Has Christmas arrived early this year? Or should this blog behave responsibly and condemn it? It is not like I lack access to the chem Tuesday 19 Jan 2016 22:24:28 Yttrium ferricyanide http://chem.vander-lingen.nl/articles/Yttrium ferricyanide/id/246/itemid/843 In the chemical zoo this week: yttrium ferricyanide YFe(CN)6. Otherwise a truly unremarkable compound but for one property: its compressibility. Duyker et al. report about it in Nature Chemistry (DOI). Measuring it is one thing: 25% at 1.5 Gpa - by neutron powder diffraction - but figuring out how e Sunday 17 Jan 2016 21:55:25 Clean that NMR tube http://chem.vander-lingen.nl/articles/Clean that NMR tube/id/246/itemid/842 Some practical advice from Thanh Binh Nguyen in the latest issue of OPR and D: a novel way to clean NMR tubes! (DOI). This being a long-outstanding challenge in laboratories all over the world you might be interested. The method requires a vacuum desiccator and a beaker and nothing else. It is adver Sunday 17 Jan 2016 17:14:25 Ecstasy in your next meal http://chem.vander-lingen.nl/articles/Ecstasy in your next meal/id/246/itemid/841 In The Netherlands the curse of the illegal drug laboratories continues (earlier episode here). Latest development: the chemical waste associated with it may end up in my next meal (NOS scoop here). How? Even though there are no signs that illegal drug production is diminishing (despite law enforcem Saturday 09 Jan 2016 21:01:28 Elsewhere on the Net http://chem.vander-lingen.nl/articles/Elsewhere on the Net/id/246/itemid/840 One year ago this blog featured the segment Elsewhere On The Internet and again this year we have a look at other blogs happening around the world. Lamentations on Chemistry discusses the hidden dangers of cleaning up magnesium. Another warning is from In The Pipeline on a recent incident with Saturday 09 Jan 2016 12:29:37 The joys of rice wine http://chem.vander-lingen.nl/articles/The joys of rice wine/id/245/itemid/839 You cannot escape rice wine when on vacation in Vietnam, it is staple tourist stuff but also cheaper than beer. It is mass-produced by local farmers despite government attempts to have it banned (link). Rice wine is a topic in serious scientific research! see here end here. Question is: how is it ma Thursday 31 Dec 2015 18:12:08 Antroquinonol A is not what it seems http://chem.vander-lingen.nl/articles/Antroquinonol A is not what it seems/id/245/itemid/838 Just as easy as total synthesis was laid to rest in the last episode of this blog - sorry pointless, time to move on - The Baran lab this week makes a clear case to continue business as usual: total synthesis is important! Case at hand: what the hell is in Taiwanofungus camphoratus that makes it the Wednesday 23 Dec 2015 19:34:25 The truth about total synthesis http://chem.vander-lingen.nl/articles/The truth about total synthesis/id/245/itemid/837 An interesting comment in the latest issue of Nature by Philip Ball titled "Chemistry: Why synthesize?". His take on total synthesis is of particular interest. The pros and cons of total synthesis are continuously debated in the blogs and on twitter with consensus definitely heading towards "utterly Thursday 17 Dec 2015 20:10:32 The Elsevier War ends here http://chem.vander-lingen.nl/articles/The Elsevier War ends here/id/245/itemid/836 As reported here earlier, the Dutch universities declared war on scientific publisher Elsevier in 2015 (link, link) demanding an affordable open access model. This war has now ended in an agreement. The good news: Dutch researchers can now publish their articles open access without any costs. In Wednesday 16 Dec 2015 19:01:02 Graphene Origami http://chem.vander-lingen.nl/articles/Graphene Origami /id/244/itemid/835 A new contestant in our continuous coverage of self-propelling, swimming or walking chemical entities, be it at the molecular level or the macroscopic. At long as it MOVES. See previous episode here. This week Jiuke Mu et al. treat us to graphene origami! (DOI). <br /><br /> Through a masking tec Saturday 07 Nov 2015 21:56:00 Lithium to air battery redesign http://chem.vander-lingen.nl/articles/Lithium to air battery redesign/id/244/itemid/834 In the news this week: a new development in battery design that allows you to drive from London to Edinburgh on a single car battery (DOI), at least according to several news outlets (BBC,FT, The Independent). Now, in The Netherlands we have a lot of electrical hybrid cars but only for tax evasion p Tuesday 03 Nov 2015 19:14:05