Issue Date: May 28, 2012
Sweating The Small Stuff
When organic chemists submit a paper detailing the synthesis of a new molecule to the likes of the Journal of Organic Chemistry, they must comply with a set of well-established requirements.
The researchers have to include nuclear magnetic resonance and infrared spectra, submit mass spectrometry data, and report melting points at each stage of the molecule-making process. Yield needs to be calculated, and for chiral compounds, optical rotation measured.
Chemists use this battery of analytical . . .
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