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  1. level H chemistry

  2. level CCP chemistry

  3. level CP chemistry

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if you’re not part of the solution . . . you’re part of the precipitate.

n-butyllithium (nBuLi), LiCH2CH2CH2CH3, and is a potent organometallic base used in synthetic organic chemistry

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glucose, C6H12O6,is a simple monosaccharide carbohydrate; it is a product of photosynthesis and the starting material in cellular respiration

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striper - 26’’ (2011)

diborane, B2H6, is a dimer of the molecule borane (BH3); it is a potent reducing agent (electron donor) in synthetic organic chemistry

the Kaminsky catalyst is a catalytic system developed in 1980 for the polymerization of alkenes, C=C double bonds



diisobutylaluminum hydride, DIBALH, is common electrophilic reducing agent in the field of organic synthesis; a common reaction (see example below) is the conversion of  an ester, -CO2R, to an aldehyde, -CHO

click here to see the ‘pitch drop’ experiment live video feedhttp://smp.uq.edu.au/content/pitch-drop-experimentshapeimage_21_link_0

university of queensland, australia

capsaicin, C18H27NO3, is the active component of ‘hot’ peppers; it binds to receptors on the tongue, causing the characteristic ‘spicy’ taste of chili peppers

cyclophosphamide, C7H15Cl2N2O2P, is sold under trade names such as ENDOXAN and CYTOXAN; it is an organophosphorus (C-P) DNA alkylating agent which binds to the nitrogenous base guanine

element 114 and element 116 named:

[289]Fl - element 114:    

  1. flerovium

  2. possible to isolate as a water soluble difluoride, FlF2

  3. presumably a solid at 298 K (25oC)

  4. presumably metallic with a silver/white or grey appearance

[293]Lv - element 116:    

  1. livermorium

  2. presumably a solid at 298 K (25oC)

  3. presumably metallic with a silver/white or grey appearance

  4. decays into a known isotope of flerovium, [288]Fl    

the Rutherford experiment - discovery of the nucleus

  1. ferrocene - Fe(C5H5)2

  2. first synthesized by T. Kealy and P. Pausen

  3. organometallic compound / ‘metallocene’

  4. consists of 2 carbon-based cyclopentadienyl rings

  5. iron (II) ion ‘sandwiched’ in the center

  1. bis[benzene]chromium - Cr(n-C6H6)2

  2. first synthesized by W. Hafner and E. O. Fischer

  3. organometallic compound / ‘metallocene’

  4. consists of 2 carbon-based benzene rings

  5. chromium (II) ion sandwiched in the center


first synthesis reported by Pausen and Kealy (1951, Duquesne University)


first synthesis reported by W. Hafner and E. O. Fischer

‘crown’ sulfur, S8

  1. green / yellow in color in pure state

  2. electrical conductor, thermal insulator

  3. insoluble in H2O, readily soluble in CS2

  4. S - S bond length of ~206 pm

  5. S - S - S bond angle of ~108o