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December 14, 2011
Now That's A Catalyst
Sorry about the lack of posting today; it's been a busy one. But I do have something that follows up on one of my less useful chemical bulletins, the one the other day about using uranium catalysts. Ben Warner sends along this paper from his time at Los Alamos, and yes, that means what you think it means. You may have done the Meerwein-Pondorf-Verley reaction, but if you have, I'll bet that you wimped out with some laid-back aluminum compound.
But you could have used plutonium, and how does that make you feel? Uranium (III), as it turns out, just doesn't cut it. Accept nothing but plutonium, folks; you can't beat it. And I now return you to your regular research, which I hope has nothing to do with this post at all!
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