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Fun Link o' the Day: Chemistry


"Two novel ruthenium polypyridine complexes, [Ru(bpy)2Cl(BPEB)](PF6) and {[Ru(bpy)2Cl]2(BPEB)}(PF6)2 (BPEB = trans-1,4-bis[2-(4-pyridyl)ethenyl]benzene), were synthesized and their characterization carried out by means of elemental analysis, UV-visible spectroscopy, positive ion electrospray (ESI-MS), and tandem mass (ESI-MS/MS) spectrometry," reads the abstract, "as well as by NMR spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry."

But oh, those wacky chemists. You have got to see the accompanying illustration of the macroscale molecular complexes in question.



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May. 16th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
I don't get chemistry, but even I was amused by the illustration!
May. 16th, 2008 04:04 am (UTC)
May. 16th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
Fucking molecules.
May. 16th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)
AHAHAHAHAHA!!! I love it. Scientists are SO dirty.
And, you know, chemists do it on tables. Periodically.
May. 16th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Because that was so hilarious, I had to:

May. 17th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
Wow, I'm flattered!
May. 16th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
Oh those wacky chemists... funny, back when I was a chemist, I don't think I knew anybody *that* wacky...
May. 16th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
The funniest part is actually the double arrow showing that the two configurations alternate over time, as is only proper. It looks as though the ruthenium polypyridine complex is polyorchid.
May. 16th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
Maybe I gave up on chemestry a little too soon?
May. 18th, 2008 12:02 pm (UTC)
I'm curious whether there was some practical or scientific goal they were shooting for. Or whether the goal was in fact to get the provocative picture into print.

Fun either way!
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