2/16/2007

no clue what it is, but it's bright

I ran a reaction the other day that ended up with a lot of byproducts. I mean, usually there's a spot or two of stuff that seems to elude reasonable explanation. This is different, though. I'm only showing a few of the last fractions here. Most organikers probably see more TLC plates than they'd like, but I'm willing to bet that most of those TLC plates don't look like mine. (Never mind the lack of glasscutting skills and inability to draw straight lines.) The camera didn't get it quite right, though: it was a little less streaky than it looks, and 18 & 19 should show a blue-violet baseline spot and a slightly higher one that's bright green.


As an added bonus, here is something that came out in a few earlier fractions. It looked like something you might expect if you put Barbie through a blender and then ran a column on the mess. Very, very pink in solution, though I'm willing to bet that the solid will look very different (and hopefully will also be nicely sized and crystalline).


This post isn't intended as a Mystery Flask. You can guess all you want, of course. I won't tell you the answer, though, since I'm still guessing too.

9 comments:

paul said...

That is a precursor to Ketracel-white. I'm sure of it. It is worth its weight in gold-pressed latinum.

milkshake said...

Well it is obviously something polyaromatic that can be used to make invisible tattos that glow on the club dance floor under the dark light.

Ψ*Ψ said...

Well, if it isn't super-aromatic, then I really screwed something up!
I'm not much of a clubber, though. I'd take a mosh pit over a dance floor, but then I'm small and easily bruised...

milkshake said...

Right there, that's one good reason to try to glow in dark - so that they don't step on ya. (I think I can suggest one more applications but that would be very unvalentine of me to write about it here. Suffice to say that some eager but vision-impaired octogenerians would be the likely users of my innovations)

Ψ*Ψ said...

Isn't it past your bedtime, milkshake? Geezers usually fall asleep early. ;)

milkshake said...

I can't see this last comment.

Chemgeek said...

Back in my porphyrin synthesis days,I got to see plenty of TLC plates like this. So pretty and so annoying.

Ψ*Ψ said...

I do wish I'd had a single spot or maybe two. The stuff that went into this that I made was very clean, and I figured the other starting material was, too, since we buy it by the gallon from a decent supplier. It should have been a painfully straightforward reaction...
At least now I get to play around with growing lots and lots of crystals and getting a structure.

Mitch said...

You definitely separated something. Might still be interesting to see if your product is there.