Archive by date | January 2013

Happy birthday Robert Boyle!

Apparently today is Robert Boyle‘s 386th birthday. He also happens to be the reason that this blog is called ‘The Sceptical Chymist’. So today, of all days, why not go and have a look at the first ever post on this blog (almost 7 years ago — wow…) explaining a little more about Boyle and his ‘The Sceptical Chymist‘.  Read more

Reactions: Matthew Todd

Matthew Todd is in the School of Chemistry at The University of Sydney, and works on organic synthesis, asymmetric catalysis and chemical sensing. He has a particular interest in the use of open source methods in research, particularly for open source drug discovery. He can also be found on Twitter at @mattoddchem.  Read more

The art of presenting

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Fabian Carson, who is a PhD student in the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry at Stockholm University, Sweden. If you agree or disagree with anything — or want to share your own presentation tips — let us know in the comments.  Read more

The simple life of an editor

Try explaining what you do for a living using only the 1000 most common words in the English language. This is the basis of the so called ‘Up-Goer Five‘ challenge (handy text editor available using that link) – sparked by an xkcd cartoon that tries to describe the Saturn V rocket in the same way. Several others in the chemistry blogosphere have made attempts so I thought I would try to explain being an editor – here is what I came up with:  … Read more

Reactions: Jan Hartmann

Jan Hartmann is in the Department of Chemistry at RWTH Aachen University, and works on organocatalytic asymmetric synthesis — he is also one of the winners of our In Your Element essay competition, for which he wrote about plutonium (here is a write-up of his article by yours truly) .  Read more

The allure of aluminium

The allure of aluminium

In the first issue of the year, Daniel Rabinovich from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte shares with us anecdotes about an element we use on a daily basis (subscription required). But just because aluminium serves to package food and drinks, we shouldn’t overlook its grander history and rich chemistry.  Read more