Chemistry, mostly

There are other chemistry-themed tumblrs, but I still felt the need to make my own. I will semi-regularly post things that both non-chemists and chemists may enjoy. For the most part, it will be something I found enjoyable that day.

If you would like to post something, go ahead and submit, and I will consider it.

Single Molecule Makes Smallest Electric Motor, Nanoscience Breakthrough (click for article) 

Imagine if you could send molecules through a body or a device wherever you directed it. Imagine if you could generate useful energy from the rotation of molecules. Okay… We’re not there, but people are trying to understand how to get there.

More information if you’re interested:

link to the actual journal article, may need institutional access; will email you a copy if you can’t access it. Judging from the article itself, I’m not really sure how much of a “breakthrough” it is. Still, it pushes people to keep researching and to stay excited and creative.


Reading this blog/article reminded me about the lecture Dr. Weizman gave about polymers, and how research is being done to develop polymers for paint, especially in cars. Can you imagine your car getting scratched, but it’s fixed if you leave it out in the sun? Science is pretty amazing. :)

"A few close friends expressed their concerns to me after reading my post about finding your dream job. They said it’s easy to figure out what you want to do when you know who you are.

But many people feel stuck trying to figure out who they are.

I totally agree. Choosing a career has many parallels to romantic relationship– it helps to know who you are and what you’re looking for in a partner….”

(click the title to get to the rest of the article)


Everyday of the year, a new post on an aspect of Chemistry as 2011 is the International Year of Chemistry.

Check out this blog, this is definitely worthy.

(via the-green-chemist-deactivated20)


Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about his passion for astrophysics, Carl Sagan’s influence on him, and the challenges around science education in society.

(via the-green-chemist-deactivated20)

I love Adam Ruben’s articles. They crack me up.

The paragraph that got to me the most:

"Perhaps the reason we’re asked so often to sell our science to the public is that our science has stopped selling itself. We’ve lost a bit of the fun, the glitz, the distractions, that we all find interesting — and, with it, we’ve lost the willingness to admit that we, too, think it’s cool to find Nemo."

(click on the title to get to the article)

"…Perhaps we should take a step back and first define science. Contrary to popular belief, science is not defined as physics, chemistry, biology and the like…" 

If you don’t know what graphene is, please, please google it. You should know what graphene is even if you’re not a chemist.

from the blog:

The App contains three games relating to graphene: ‘CVD’ Graphene, ‘Scotch Tape’ Graphene and Graphene ‘Tilt’.

If you manage to be able to play the game (my iPhone freezes when trying to run the App), you win points by fitting together carbon atoms, in a similar way to the iconic game Tetris. Players can build up sheets of graphene using ‘CVD’ and ‘Scotch Tape’ and collect them to win points. These two games relate to the two standard ways of producing graphene – chemical vapour deposition, which builds up layers from small groups of atoms, or peeling off layers from graphite, the way graphene was originally isolated

"Ten Commandments for Being a Successful Scientist" - Darren Griffin

(ACS Webinar) 

Dr. Griffin offers some basic tips for being a successful scientist. Notice that webinar isn’t titled “…for being a GOOD scientist.” Dr. Griffin said that he tried to pick out things that set apart the successful scientists, as many good scientists aren’t successful. Hence, this is not really a list of tips on how to conduct good research. I don’t find his list particularly amazing or surprising, but the important thing, I think, is to open up discussion.

(click the title to get to the article. If you do not have access to the full article (3 pages), please leave a comment or send a message, and I will email it to you. I like most of it very much. Hybrid atomic orbitals and I don’t jive all that well, but I have to admit - it’s hard not to say “sp2 carbon.”) 


"A rationale for the removal of the hybrid atomic orbital from the chemistry curriculum is examined. Although the hybrid atomic orbital model does not accurately predict spectroscopic energies, many chemical educators continue to use and teach the model despite the confusion it can cause for students. Three arguments for retaining the model in the chemical curriculum are presented. These arguments are then refuted and methods for teaching chemistry without invoking the hybrid atomic orbital model are presented to show how the model can be removed from the chemistry curriculum with little negative effect."

J. Chem. Educ., 201188 (7), pp 860–862

Superconductivity Dance Flash Mob -

(The video explains how superconductivity works… with dance and music!) And don’t tell me it’s only a physics concept- the synthesis of superconductors is also chemistry.