An Open Letter to A New Student

Applying for A Faculty Job


Always Triple-rinse Your Flasks

Cutting Glass TLC Plates

The Double Extraction

Drying Flocculants

Finding Alkyl Halides in NMR

Inverse Filtration

Lab Standard Operating Procedures (publicly available)

Measuring Boiling Points on the Microscale

Measuring Small Quantities of Solids and Liquids

Measuring Small Volumes of Liquids

NMR Solvent Residual Peak Concentrations


Column Chromatography:

The Fundamentals   –   Dry Loading   –   Numbers and Measurements   –   Solvents and Acids/Bases   –   Solubility of Silica in Methanol   –   Additional Reading

Solid Phase Synthesis:

Textbook   –   Large Scale   –   Small Scale   –   Verifying Reactions   –        Purifying Products


Activating Molecular Sieves

Birch Reduction (guest post by BRSM)

Boc Protection of Amines

Catalytic Hydration

Drying Solvents

Generating Dry HCl

Hydrofluoric Acid

Solvent Exposure Chart

Solvent Ratios

Titrating Organometallic Reagents


Kugelrohr – Small Scale Distillation

Necessary Glassware

Nitrogen Balloon Setups

NMR Tube Cleaner

Pipette and Spatula Handling

Soxhlet Extractor

TLC Spotter Production

Vials as Reaction Vessels (Part 1, Part 2)

Vials on the Rotovap


Lab Book Guidelines

Backing Up Data

Candidacy/Thesis Defence Preparation

The Chemistry Dictionary

Drawing in Chemdraw

Model Kits

Powerpoint Advice

Solving NMR Spectra  (Optional Youtube Video)

Using Special Characters

Writing Outlines of Proposed Research

Career Advice

Canadian Universities and their Chemistry Specialties

On Selecting Your Thesis Advisor

Which Lab Should You Join?

Getting Through Graduate School

Getting Through The “Black Tar” Phase

Candidacy and Thesis Questions

Advice on the Postdoc Path

Preparing for Independent Research

Surviving the Job Interview

Negotiating the Startup Package

Tenure Track Megalist

Book Reviews

Advanced Practical Inorganic and Metalorganic Chemistry

Advanced Practical Organic Chemistry

Even a Geek Can Speak

FMoc Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis

Getting What You Came For:  The Smart Students’ Guide to a PhD

Marketing For Scientists

Modern Organic Synthesis in the Laboratory

The PhD Grind

Light Reading

A List of Compounds Discovered Entirely by Mistake

Chemistry Limericks

Traditional Blog Anniversary Gifts

Guest Posts and Other Work

Best of the Annals of Improbably Research Part 1 on Chemistry-Blog

Best of the Annals of Improbably Research Part 2 on Chemistry-Blog

Blogroll: Digital Discourse in Nature Chemistry

Great Research is Dull on Chemistry-Blog

Total Synthesis of Pactamycin on B.R.S.M


2 thoughts on “Index”

  1. Priscilla Muniz said:

    Hey! Nice work!

  2. Anonymous said:

    very helpful and dedicate work!

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