It’s in your blood

I presented this paper here (thanks, @luismartinMQ!) in my group’s last literature meeting. Apart from being a nice paper that also made me learn about exciton-coupled circular dichroism (that’s a story for another day), I realised how bad I am at drawing porphyrins. So what better choice for this weeks’ chemdoodle than to challenge Grumpy Cat a…

Always look on the fluorescent side of life

This week’s chemdoodle is on the colourful side, and not just literally. Last weekend I spent for a change in Amsterdam instead of the lab. No, and I didn’t just use my time there to engage in biochemical test on myself but also went to the Van Gogh museum. Big recommendation from my side, even…

Structure madness & NMRs from hell

  I know I cheated a little bit, but there was no way I was going to equal this gem. And for all the structure aficionados, here’s the proper structure: When @LouisRedux mentioned I should try my luck and draw mytotoxin for my next #chemdoodle it was meant as a joke; but a quick glance…

Axial chirality is cool

I like axial chirality and I like phosphines. And since I’ve been occupied the last couple of weeks taking tiny amounts of ridiculously expensive substituted BINOL derivatives and trying to convert them into the corresponding phosphines (BINAP), it’s my choice for my first chemdoodle. With a dihedral angle of about 90° and the limited rotation…