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A Belated Happy Birthday To KCN

Sorry this is quite late; real life and chemistry have been kicking my ass the past couple of weeks. Hopefully normal service, and more actual science, will resume shortly.

From Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2002, 41, 2678

The CP molecules are scary!


Without further ado, here is a roundup of my favourite colouring competition entries. In the end I didn't get that many, despite lots of people telling me this was a great idea. Most of the contributers have already posted their entries on their own blogs, so if you keep up with other chemistry blogs (and you should, because there are some that are much better than this one) you've probably seen these already. So, in chronological order:


I did this one using the free GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) as an example. Actually working out how to fill in the rings was a bit tricky (as you may have noticed, graphical design isn't  my forte... look at the layout of this website, for example). In the end I drew a second version of the molecule where none of the heterocycles had any heteroatoms in. This made it pretty easy to select the insides of the rings using the magic wand tool, which I could then copy onto the complete structure and use as a template. A few random fill and lighting effects then gave this, which I quite like:


2. DrFreddy (Synthetic Remarks)

I am so relieved that journals don't accept animated images.


3. See Ar Oh (Just Like Cooking)

My favourite part of this is See Ar Oh's observation that 'the mustache substitutes for the bridging isopropylidene'.

I like how this second entry disposes of those pesky stereocentres. And atoms.


4. Martyn

'the echinopine abstract reminded me of Blockbusters, and inspired me. I like to think of it as a bad idea, badly executed.'

If any of my readers from outside the UK don't understand this reference, I'd like to say that I don't either.



5. Anonymous

I actually  had a similar idea to this, as did one of my co-workers. It was suggested that each ring should also be a different colour, Andy Warhol style, but we lacked the artistic wherewithal to pull it off. I quite like the austere grayscale of this (despite the fact this is a colouring competition). A nice change from some of the more lurid examples above.


6. Chemjobber

I really like the militaristic theme here. I could definitely imagine this on TOCROFL, or as a poster.


7. Azmanam (Chemistry Blog)

'Dedicated to KC Nicolaou, on occasion of being totally awesome'. The matrix theme would never have occurred to me, and I like the attention to detail, such as changing the font on structure to match. Excellent!


8. Chemjobber (junior?)

I have to say that this last one is definitely my favourite.


Right, that's the lot of them. If you're reading this KC, keep up the excellent chemistry and I wish you the best for the coming year!

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  1. You are correct regarding the 2nd image — it is the work product of the eldest Chemjobber child, age 4.

  2. I have looked at the work by the crayon-artist time and time again and it still makes me smile.

    Good to see a new generation coming through!

  3. chemjobber jr.’s entry is like the cutest thing ever !!!!!

  4. I am thinking to post a personal “birthday present to KCN” . Can some body educate me as to how to color the inside of the rings? What program does he use? Looks like it is not that trivial an art!

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