4/26/2007

every now and then we need a serious post

I was searching for something-or-other recently and came across an interesting review by Jean Fréchet. It had all sorts of familiar structures.[1] I was very excited and knew I had to mention it here. But then I noticed some of the other articles. I'm about two weeks late in spreading the word, since it isn't something I usually read, but the current issue of Chem. Rev. (vol. 117 issue 4) is ALL ABOUT ORGANIC ELECTRONICS. (All apologies, but that totally called for screaming capital letters.) So, if you happen to read CBC but have no idea what the hell we're talking about unless it involves synthesis, here is a chance to become un-confused.[2, 3] I really have to point you to this one, maybe because I'm a photovoltaic fiend. I haven't had the chance to get through it yet, but every paper I've seen with Sariciftci's name on it has been extremely accessible and undergrad-friendly.

In other words, you should stop reading this and go read that.


[1] By "familiar" I mean I see some of them at least once a week in group meetings, and if I hear anything else about them, I might go nuts.
[2] I know there are several bloggers out there who fit this category. You know who you are!
[3] Is un-confused a word? I don't think it is, but it fits, so I'll use it.

12 comments:

milkshake said...

*Enlightened* is the word you are searching for, Clarice.

Ψ*Ψ said...

Yeah, it is. Who's Clarice, though?

Chemgeek said...

I love Chem Rev. It's the lazy man's way to stay on top of a field.

Hap said...

Clarice Starling, of Silence of the Lambs, etc. It only works well if Anthony Hopkins says it, though.

Uncle Al said...

William A. Little, Phys. Rev. 134 A1416-A1424 (1964). Room temp exciton supercons: polyacetylenes with polarizable chromophores, [-C(Ar)=(Ar)C-]n. Call it $billions/year in royalties plus a Swedish winter vacation.

Arene aldehyde to benzoin to benzil, bis-methylenate (Tebbe), Curr. Org. Syn. 2(2) 231 2005, then acyclic diene metathesis (ADMET) polymerization minus ethylene with Grubbs or Schrock catalysts. bis-Terminate living polymerization with sulfur species for gold electrode anchorage. Or McMurry couple the benzils. Or Acc. Chem. Res. 38(9) 745-754 (2005).

Intrinsic polymer, iodine dope, sodium dope, then Meissner effect test each with a magnet. Model polymer, then aromatic stacking, then a Big Kahuna. (Pyrenes here are beyond my hardware. No hydrogens or pi-bonds in the stereograms.)

Little calculates Tc = 23,000 K. 300 K is good enough.

Ψ*Ψ said...

Ouch! Pop culture ignorance strikes again.

mevans said...

Man I envy your research SO MUCH! Maybe we can arrange a trade? :-D

Ψ*Ψ said...

Hell no I'm not trading! This is the first lab I've worked in where I haven't been bored after three months. You could always switch, couldn't you?

mevans said...

I could, but I hate to leave a problem unsolved.

Ψ*Ψ said...

I'm sure it doesn't hurt that your advisor and the grad students in your lab are pretty much awesome.

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Ψ*Ψ,
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