Tuesday, January 12, 2010

This week in Chemistry pictures....

For starters, Happy 2010!
There will be a few changes around here that include:
1) Blogging.
...yep, that's about it. I'm not going to try to do a post-a-day but at least a couple a week, otherwise, what's the point?
So I've had my iPhone for about 6 months now (maybe a little less) and feel that I do not utilize the camera as much as I should. I listen to my iPod occasionally in lab and decided that it really easy to just pull it out of my lab coat and take a picture every now and then, and behold! A new post is created: This week in Chemistry pictures.
Yeah, I know, it's really dorky, and kind of boring, but I like doing it, so there you go!

1) This is the rotovap cold finger. Its a really stupid thing to take a picture of. However, for the non-chemistry people [both of you] I wanted to let you down gently because unlike how they do it on Fringe [which premiered last night, btw] our cold finger is full of dry-ice, not a boiling bright blue solution.

2) One of my reactions on the rotovap. It was a cool color, so I took a picture. Can you see that I was a] bored and b] spent some time with the rotovap last week? When I did my summer research at UCONN a couple of years ago, one of the other guys there made up a song about rotovaps to the tune of 'Fat bottomed girls' by Queen. It was sweet.

3) My prep-plate. It turned out wonky. There are a few things that you wouldn't realize a chemist would use so much and aluminum foil is one of them. It is so versatile! Also, sharpies, cannot live without sharpies, show me a chemist who can/does. I don't believe it.

4) Did I mention my prep-plate didn't turn out? Yeah, it didn't which meant that I had to do a column. It was a mini-column though so it didn't take hours-upon-hours. Here is a picture when I'm beginning to TLC ,Thin Layer Chromatography, not Tender-Lovin'-Care, or the R&B group from the 90's. RIP 'Left-eye', don't even get me started on The Learning Channel, 18-kids-and counting? No thank-you.

5) ...and finally, my TLC plates running, see more aluminum foil...maybe I'm the only one obsessed with it though, hmmm...I should check into that.


  1. Fascinating! I didn't understand half of that, but that's okay! Welcome back (again)! I like the weekly column idea.

  2. Woo-hoo! Pictures from the alien torture chamber! I'm so happy you're posting again.

  3. Yeah chemistry! You should take pictures of the decorations you put up to make the lab feel more welcoming!