Nothing like holding a pure compound that you have just synthesized.
(bottom picture shows the structure of the synthesized compound)
The last steps in the synthesis involves hydrolysing the ester bond on the naphthalene ring and then coupling the carboxylic acid to a dipeptide chain.
These molecules are being synthesized and studied due to their anti-cancer activity shown in both lung cancer and malignant melanoma cell lines. Although past research is all ‘in vitro’, we hope to push for ‘in vivo' testing in the future.
I probably laughed harder than I should have.
After the graphic which looked at functional groups, here’s one that looks at some of the simpler heterocyclic compounds in organic chemistry.
For more information, to download the graphic, and to read the inevitable jokes about arsoles, head here: http://wp.me/p4aPLT-oQ
Incredible. Absolutely incredible.
The intense blue color of a freshly prepared copper(II)-amine complex.
Did you know that only the copper(II) amine complex has a blue color? If elemental copper is added to an e.g.: tetraamminecopper(II) chloride ([Cu(NH3)4]Cl2) solution and it is heated, the intense blue color will fade and a colorless or white powder will precipitate, the copper(I) complex. What happens? The copper(II) is reduced by elemental (0) copper to give the +1 oxidation state metal. Cu(+2) + Cu(0) = 2 Cu(+1)
Largest copper acetate crystals grown to date. Massing 8.6 g total, these represent around 2 months of crystal growth.