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Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby rtg928 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:09 pm UTC

I am trying to get more interested in chemistry and this seems like a good way

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Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby bigglesworth » Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:16 pm UTC

What sort of chemistry are you interested in?

In any case I was just reading this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrodotoxin
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Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby LaserGuy » Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:46 pm UTC

Hydrogen fluoride, maybe?

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Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby Minchandre » Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:29 pm UTC

Octanitrocubane!


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Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby BlackSails » Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:49 pm UTC

Minchandre wrote:Octanitrocubane!


I was going to say this!

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Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby Aelfyre » Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:44 pm UTC

I think this would be an excellent time for you to get informed on the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide. :D
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Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby Cynwulf » Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:41 pm UTC

I'd never seen that dihydrogen monoxide thing before, thanks for sharing that. I should pull that on someone at some point.

I've always found PTFE (teflon) very interesting. Great properties, a colorful history, variety of uses.
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Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby kjsharke » Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:41 pm UTC

Opposites:

== FOOF ==
http://pipeline.corante.com/archives/20 ... uoride.php

Just because of this:
fluorine starts to dissociate into monoatomic radicals, thereby losing its gentle and forgiving nature.


FOOF doesn't really know variety though, it explodes upon contact with almost anything.

== Isoprene ==
This may be one of the most boring-looking molecules possible, but life does some pretty awesome things with it. For starters, it is the monomer for rubber, but put together a smaller number of units in the right way, and there are a lot of chemicals that make things smell like they do. Why do cloves smell like cloves, coffee like coffee, pine like pine, lemons like lemons? It also is the building block for Vitamin A and K, Cholesterol, THC (marijuana), steroids, some hormones... Look up 'terpenes' and 'terpenoids'. Wikipedia has some information on them, but it seems jumbled and incomplete.

(OK, so coffee smells like coffee due to a lot of chemicals, some of which are terpenoids, and some of which aren't. I honestly don't know what the main constituents are, but that might be interesting too.)

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Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby turret » Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:15 pm UTC

The variety of uses of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanium_dioxide are quite interesting
and, of course, http://www.chm.bris.ac.uk/sillymolecules/sillymols.htm is always a fun read
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Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby PhoenixEnigma » Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:20 pm UTC

kjsharke wrote:Opposites:

== FOOF ==
http://pipeline.corante.com/archives/20 ... uoride.php

Just because of this:
fluorine starts to dissociate into monoatomic radicals, thereby losing its gentle and forgiving nature.


FOOF doesn't really know variety though, it explodes upon contact with almost anything.

== Isoprene ==
This may be one of the most boring-looking molecules possible, but life does some pretty awesome things with it. For starters, it is the monomer for rubber, but put together a smaller number of units in the right way, and there are a lot of chemicals that make things smell like they do. Why do cloves smell like cloves, coffee like coffee, pine like pine, lemons like lemons? It also is the building block for Vitamin A and K, Cholesterol, THC (marijuana), steroids, some hormones... Look up 'terpenes' and 'terpenoids'. Wikipedia has some information on them, but it seems jumbled and incomplete.

(OK, so coffee smells like coffee due to a lot of chemicals, some of which are terpenoids, and some of which aren't. I honestly don't know what the main constituents are, but that might be interesting too.)
Pretty much the entire "Things I Won't Work With" series on In The Pipeline is interesting. So is a good portion of the rest of the blog, actually, but if you're looking to read about some rather interesting chemicals, that's a good series to read.
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Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby companion_cube » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:31 am UTC

Most of these would be more interesting to someone who's into neurochemistry, but here you go.

LSD
Epinephrine
Oxytocin
Dopamine

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Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby Minerva » Wed Oct 27, 2010 4:09 am UTC



If you're interested in reading about chemistry, just go and read all of the posts on Derek's blog. Especially the Things I Won't Work With and How Not To Do It posts :)
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Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby EdgarJPublius » Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:48 am UTC

http://pipeline.corante.com/archives/20 ... s_time.php

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Postby Interactive Civilian » Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:52 am UTC

bigglesworth wrote:What sort of chemistry are you interested in?

In any case I was just reading this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrodotoxin


Wow. Get off my wavelength. Upon seeing the thread title, this is exactly what I thought to suggest. :)

Ok... so here's a fun one: Nitrogen Tri-iodide.

Explosive chemistry can be pretty interesting, but too in-depth searches for such compounds may get you noticed. ;)
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Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby bigglesworth » Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:26 am UTC

Interactive Civilian wrote:Wow. Get off my wavelength.
This one?
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Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby Mr_Rose » Wed Oct 27, 2010 3:22 pm UTC

Minerva wrote:


If you're interested in reading about chemistry, just go and read all of the posts on Derek's blog. Especially the Things I Won't Work With and How Not To Do It posts :)

From the FOOF article:
But I do note that if you run the structure through SciFinder, it comes out with a most unexpected icon that indicates a commercial supplier. That would be the Hangzhou Sage Chemical Company. They offer it in 100g, 500g, and 1 kilo amounts, which is interesting, because I don't think a kilo of dioxygen difluoride has ever existed. Someone should call them on this - ask for the free shipping, and if they object, tell them Amazon offers it on this item. Serves 'em right. Morons.

Does anyone know what level of diplomatic incident it would cause if one were the prime instigator of a company proceeding to dissolve a reasonably sized city in the process of attempting to fill an order?

Does anyone want to find out?
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Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby BlackSails » Wed Oct 27, 2010 3:48 pm UTC

I already tried ordering some from that company- I could not find it on their website

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Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby Tass » Wed Oct 27, 2010 4:05 pm UTC

Mr_Rose wrote:Does anyone know what level of diplomatic incident it would cause if one were the prime instigator of a company proceeding to dissolve a reasonably sized city in the process of attempting to fill an order?

Does anyone want to find out?


A kg is hardly going to do that.

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Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby Charlie! » Wed Oct 27, 2010 4:30 pm UTC

Perfluorocarbons have some interesting properties, notably you can breathe if you're submersed in them and they have really tiny surface tension.
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Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby EdgarJPublius » Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:49 pm UTC

Mr_Rose wrote:Does anyone know what level of diplomatic incident it would cause if one were the prime instigator of a company proceeding to dissolve a reasonably sized city in the process of attempting to fill an order?

Does anyone want to find out?


You could just ask MAL Hungarian Aluminium...
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Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby Ave » Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:17 pm UTC

If you're morbid like I am, you could read up on chemical warfare, chemical disasters. Interesting stuff, there!

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Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby Sleipner » Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:49 pm UTC

Well, my personal favorites have always been the cyanides; hydrogen cyanide, potassium cyanide, pretty much everything inside your average apple seed's enzymes. There's also hydrogen peroxide, but that's boring compared to something as flighty and dangerous as a neurotoxin.

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Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby cjameshuff » Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:09 am UTC

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dicyanoacetylene

A good pair to FOOF.

Okay, no, an absolutely fascinatingly terrifying pair to FOOF. But then, so few things aren't...

The very self-descriptive:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubane

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Re: Recomend me some chemicals to read about on wikipedia

Postby Ukamoc » Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:54 am UTC

Graphene!
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