Call me BRSM. I'm a UK-trained organic chemist with a background in total synthesis who is currently conducting research at a big US university that you've probably heard of. Unless stated otherwise, everything on this site was written by me. I enjoy romantic evenings in the lab, sharing cups of tea, and long walks to the NMR spectrometers. I'm particularly interested in chemical history, total synthesis, rock climbing, cooking, craft beer, and using Oxford commas.
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Created in mid-2011, I'm hoping that this will be an interesting read for other organic chemists engaged in or interested in the art of total synthesis. Typical posts cover exciting new work in the literature, classic syntheses, chemical history and occasionally humour. I try to write informally enough that you can read this stuff while waiting for an NMR to run without too much thought. At the same time, I'm hoping this will be a place where the latest work can be discussed and questions can be asked and answered.
Obviously, views expressed here are my own, and not those of any institution at which I have worked, am working, or will work. Feel free to use any content I post for anything you like. I should inform you that I have, in the past, been wrong, and you should probably take everything I say with a large pinch of salt and take the usual precautions.