Thursday, April 11, 2013

Friday Fun: Mo' Moonshine, Mo' Polymer

Blog Bait (n) - A pithy graphic just begging to be discussed on the chemblogsphere...

Straight from the pages of ACIEE comes the latest from the Nuckolls group: ROAMP, or metathesis polymerization of strained cyclic alkynes (Schweeet!)

NMR kinetic studies indicate that the active molybdenum catalyst, initially trapped in a dimer, can be broken apart just enough by methanol to make polyalkynes. This procedure even works in the presence of air, water, or phenolic additives - usually catalytic death knells.

Kudos to Nuckolls' group, but their coup de grace may in fact be the accompanying cover graphic, below. Your eyes do not deceive you: they compare their sexy new reaction to a steaming copper moonshine still, hidden deep in the woods.

Credit: D.W. Paley, Columbia | Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.
Mo' Molybdenum, Mo' Polymers.

Happy Friday,
See Arr Oh

1 comment:

  1. But would it would it go well with scotch? (As do certain Klingon nerve-gas agents…)