B.R.S.M. When all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail

23May/132

I’m Unemployed And It’s Awesome

I don't like to apologise too much for things I do (or more often don't do) on here, because, well... it's not like you pay me anything. That said, I am sorry things have been so quiet around here for the last couple of months. It's been a hectic end to my postdoc, but I'm able to kick back for a couple of weeks at least before I head over to the USA. I'll try and write a few posts before then. And after. In the meantime, here's a talk I wrote for a group meeting at the start of the month on the topic of Felkin Ahn selectivity. We've been revising 'basic' topics, and I was amazed how much I've forgotten  Maybe this'll be useful to someone.

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Yes, I did steal that image from Dave Evans' notes...

Here it is: Substrate Control in Acyclic Systems BRSM (2 mb)

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  1. When you are employed in US as a postdoc, and leave US after finishing your postdoc, the “Social Security Tax” on your paystub – a big chunk your overall federal taxes (6.2% of your taxable income) – is fully refundable. But you need to ask for refund – fill up a form upon your return to UK, and bring it to the US embassy/consulate. You will get at least few thousands USD back – most foreign postdocs are unaware of this provision and blissfully donate their Social Security (= mandatory retirement plan) money to US Treasury

  2. Completely off topic, but: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ol401445g

    Gone are the days of simply photoshopping out those pesky ethyl acetate peaks.


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