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August 13, 2006
Six Chem-Geek Questions
OK, some of this is going to sound like Sanskrit to my non-chemistry readership, but here goes:
1. When's the last time you held a paper copy of JACS in your hand? For me, I think it's been at least two years. They could be running swimsuit covers now and I wouldn't know about it.
2. Are ionic liquids actually good for anything, other than publishing papers about them?
3. To combine those first two, if you wrote up a paper about a ring-closing metathesis reaction to make a nanoscale structure in an ionic liquid, would the journals even bother sending it to a referee before immediately publishing it?
4. Are they ever going to hand out a chemistry Nobel for palladium coupling reactions? Or have the Swedes decided that credit is too tangled? (Not to mention the fact that not all the key early players are still alive). But if ring-closing metathesis deserves one (and I have no problem), doesn't the Suzuki reaction?
5. Weren't they promising us benchtop NMR machines back about twenty years ago? Does anyone expect to ever see the hypothetical personal benchtop LC/MS machine? Maybe we'll have them in our flying cars.
6. Will Chemical and Engineering News ever go a year without running a headline that says "Salaries for Chemical Engineers Still Higher". As far as I can tell, they haven't missed since about 1982.
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