Condenser Party

Finally, my laptop and usb cable are in the same place at the same time! Here’s the circus that took place in my hood last week…

To anyone who says that there are no pretty colors in organic chemistry, may I present Figure 1:

Figure 1

Yeah, it’s not exactly the dramatic colors of inorganic chemistry, or even the occasional organic reaction¹, but it’s still magical in its own way. Right? Right…?

For the record, that’s 4 condensers, water lines all hooked up in series, and for most of that glassware, flame-drying was involved. And of course, a fun colored balloon for each. Although getting the entire contraption setup was a highly tedious process, dismantling/purifying everything went like clockwork. Now then, readers, the ball is in your court. If you have stories, or pictures of more ridiculousness, more glassware, even more clamps, and a 5 year old’s birthday party worth of balloons, share them.

1) Bee Tee Dubs, the absolute COOLEST colored reaction I’ve seen was  also last week from my hoodmate: He’s dealing with a slightly large, fairly conjugated molecule (probable chromophore?), and in fact, he’s shooting for a dimer. I’d assume a series of polymers were also generated, because when he ran a column on the stuff, it separated into a rainbow of day-glow colors, and ultimately yielded an absolutely beautiful, vibrant purple solution. Suck on that, inorganic chemistry! I didn’t have a camera that day, but if I ever see that reaction again, I will stop at nothing to get some pictures of it…


7 Responses to Condenser Party

  1. psi*psi says:

    uh, dude, just go work in organic electronics. we have ALL the pretty colors!

  2. azmanam says:

    This is from what I called the “Monster Reaction.” It was a severe condition screening for a particular acylation I was running. Varying bases, varying stir times, varying addition orders… All in all, I had 13 parallel reactions running that day. The tubing snaking all over the place is my one argon line split into 13 different needle ports for the 13 reactions.

  3. stop says:

    i once saw someone set up ~40-50 reactions in parallel; no picture though, sorry. they were screening by GC, and they were all in 2 dram vials, but it was still impressive to see them all stirring at once.

  4. fng says:

    seeing round bottoms not clamped by their necks makes me cringe, despite the keck clamps!

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