First up, a paper from last year which I found very interesting - the use of DNA crystal growth to replicate genetic information. It uses a very different mechanism of self-replication to most examples in the literature, but propagates genetic information with impressive fidelity for an enzyme-free system.
lit. upd. today:”Robust self-replication of combinatorial information via crystal growth and scission" #chemclubpnas.org/content/109/17…@JessTheChemist shared a Hartwig paper on the conversion of readily-available aryl boronates to aryl fluorides. It's limited by significant formation of the proto-deborylated byproduct, but is pretty mild and has good substrate scope.
— Vittorio Saggiomo (@V_Saggiomo) March 19, 2013
@_byronmiller This is what I am currently reading pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.102… #chemclub@clay_owens pointed out that Melanie Sanford published a very similar paper barely a month later.
— Dr Jess (@JessTheChemist) March 14, 2013
@jessthechemist @_byronmiller just a month before Sanford...pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.10… #chemclub@tonyarash shares a metal-free synthesis of nicely functionalised biaryls using Grignard chemistry. Seems like a pretty straightforward method and it's a nicely-written paper.
— Clayton Owens (@clay_owens) March 14, 2013
New metal-free synthesis of biaryls. bit.ly/ZiGAEB #chemclubFor the amateur historians, @nathanbroon shares a 1943 paper looking at knowledge of chemistry - mainly metallurgy and dyes - in the Old Testament. It's a little dry but well worth reading; there was quite a lot of empirical knowledge, but very little theory from the looks of it.
— Arash Soheili (@tonyarash) March 12, 2013
Reading a paper from 1943: 'Chemical Knowledge in the Old Testament'. Really interesting! pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.102… #loveHE @realtimechemFinally, a few interesting blog posts. The brilliant Henry Rzepa asks if n-BuLi is aromatic; the Curious Wavefunction makes the case for origins research; and the Baran group talk advanced chromatography.
— Nathan Brown (@nathanbroon) March 12, 2013
Is n-BuLi aromatic? Henry Rzepa blogging about its spherical aromaticity (2(N+1)^2 electrons) bit.ly/WQQPnc #chemclub #realtimechem
— Piotr Nowak (@pnowak87) March 18, 2013
Not completely agree but nice one MT“@curiouswavefn: Why chemists should study the origin of life. Post on #chemclub tinyurl.com/b2axlm5”
— Vittorio Saggiomo (@V_Saggiomo) March 12, 2013