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Liquid Carbon
Date: 2008-11-11 19:32
Subject: We need CHANGE!
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Tags:bright colors, personal, total synthesis
  As you can see, the project pretty much stalled. I was hoping to make the 100th post special, but at times it seems like I'm overly obsessed with numbers. And with being special.

  Is it November already? Really? Believe it or not, grad school takes up a lot of time. Not that I'm not having any fun, I might actually be having too much, both inside and outside of the lab.

  For instance, someone came in today with a statement about another labmate who recently dyed her hair: "As I was lying naked in my bed this morning, I thought about your hair." Now, isn't it wonderful to work in the environment where you can say that and nothing happens? As it turned out, his thoughts were about using our dye on her hair. The dye happens to be a turn-on thiol-reactive compound, and hair is famous for it's high sulfur content. Of course, instead of dying the hair on her I reached down my pants and pulled out some test subjects we cut a small lock. Pretreated with DTT to break down disulfides it worked beautifully, giving off strong green(ish) light under 365 nm lamp. It appears to be quite stable, too. DIY Dye FTW, and you're all next!


Left—pretreated with DTT, right—uhm, make a guess.
The Eppendorfs look kinda... phallic.


And just for the fun of it, here's an assignment I had. Azadirachtin, baby.






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chaostheory
User: chaostheory635
Date: 2008-11-12 03:40 (UTC)
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OMG!!! I'd dye my hair with your dye!
DTT smells pretty bad, though.
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Liquid Carbon
User: liquidcarbon
Date: 2008-11-12 04:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
They actually look different on drying, probably somewhat damaged... I'm sure will find a replacement for DTT, though. Itself being a thiol, it has to be washed off thoroughly.
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