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16Jan/1310

Who Ya Gonna Call? Blog Syn!

Ever see a reaction in the literature and think, "that seems a little too good to be true..."? Retro Baeyer-Villiger reaction? Quantitative cleavage of methyl ethers with Amberlyst-15? Catalytic reduction of alcohols to hydrocarbons with Dess-Martin? Bring it on! Ever struggle with a sensitive or fiddly reaction and wonder, "is it just me? Should this work?"? Well, now you don't have to! Thanks to a collaborative new website brought to you by See Arr Oh, with a little help from Organometallica, Mat Katcher and Myself. Now, if you find a reaction you can't reproduce or don't believe, simply head over to Blog Syn, and let us know.[1] Alternatively, if you think you'd like to be part of helping to make the literature a little bit more reproducible, pay us a visit and see what needs checking! If we all just run a few extra reactions a year we should be able to save chemists around the world many wasted hours and much frustration. You might even have some fun, make some new friends, and perhaps even learn some chemistry besides!

1. Or email See Arr Oh or myself

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  1. w00t!

    Best. Concept. Ever.

  2. Is See Arr Oh an Indian?

    yes,I will contact him.

    • As far as I know, Dr. Oh is in fact a small dog.

      • Dear BRSM,
        Firstly,I have always loved to read your blog and I always look forward for new post here.
        But your reply was unexpected,I am seriously considering contacting SAO.

        Why do all of you hide your real name!? We are not hackers!

        • Thank you for your kind words. I can’t speak for other bloggers, but the reason I don’t use my real name is so that when I want to write something, I don’t have to worry about what other people (especially future employers) will think about it! I don’t know any more about See Arr Oh than you do (we’re never met or spoken), but if you’re interested in Blog Syn then drop him an email. We’re always looking for ideas or volunteers!

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