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Writing in Chemistry – Woodward as an example

Posted by naturalproductman on July 4, 2016

Jeffrey Seeman from the University of Richmond reported in ACIE on the writing style of Woodward. I like what it says in the end of the account: “if only more chemists can relate their work as well, using their own language and style” – meaning don’t try to be a copycat version of Woodward, but instead be as good of a writer in your own way.


ACIE paper

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Good mentoring

Posted by naturalproductman on May 23, 2016

Here’s a document listing how to be a good mentor/mentee. Things I got out of it: good mentees respect the time of mentors so always come prepared before approaching your mentor.


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The importance of mentoring

Posted by naturalproductman on March 31, 2016

Here’s a nice article about mentoring.


Cell article

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Journal of Irreproducibility

Posted by naturalproductman on March 7, 2016

There’s a new journal on irreproducible results. I guess this used to be a joke but now it’s real.

I wonder if they will have some organic synthesis journal articles here as we know about some cases of irreproducible chemical reactions.

Science introduction

Preclinical Reproducibility and Robustness

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Posted by naturalproductman on March 4, 2016

The abstract figure is funny in this one – there is a diazenium-1,2-diol functional group in the synthesized compound that comes from “ONOO-“, which was highlighted in yellow and in my head, read as: “Oh Noo!!”

OL paper

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Why natural products are important (an update)

Posted by naturalproductman on February 9, 2016

Remember that natural products review by David Newman and Gordon Cragg from the NIH?


Here is an updated (2016) one covering new chemical entities, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anticancer, antiparasitic, and anticancer from 1981 to 2014:


JNP paper

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Nuphar alkaloid chemical biology

Posted by naturalproductman on February 8, 2016

Jimmy Wu and co-workers reported in ACIE on the formal synthesis of nuphar alkaloids and their apoptotic activity. Did you know that the second “p” in “apoptosis” is silent and it is pronounced “apa-tosis”? The Greek word “apoptosis” means “falling off” or “dropping off” of flower petals or tree leaves.


ACIE paper

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A review of total synthesis and prospects for the future

Posted by naturalproductman on February 3, 2016

Larry Overman and co-workers have reported in ACIE on a nice review of 12 elegant examples of total synthesis of natural products bearing 2 or more quaternary carbon centers bonded to each other. I like that it is a nice “cliff notes” version of a lot of great work.


ACIE paper

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Interested in pursuing a PhD in enzymology?

Posted by naturalproductman on January 6, 2016

Anybody out there interested in obtaining a graduate education (Master’s or Doctoral) in synthetic organic chemistry, enzymology, protein biochemistry, or mass spectrometry?

If interested let me know (naturalproductman(at) because I will be starting a lab.

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Rest in Peace Richard Heck

Posted by naturalproductman on December 9, 2015

ACIE paper

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