explosive chemistry

June 1, 2006 at 8:05 pm | | lab safety, literature

Dylan had a funny post about azides and their danger. It really seems like labs that use azides explode all the time. That’s why I’m a p-chemist: just don’t shoot the laser in your eye and you’ll be fine.


But the all-time winner of the stupid-stuff-to-do-in-lab award goes to the infamous quote above from Merer, A. J.; Mulliken, R. S. Ultraviolet Spectra and Excited States of Ethylene and its Alkyl Derivatives. Chem. Rev. 1969, 69, 639–656.

Quote: “Evans boldly put 50 atm of ethylene (C2H4, trans-C2H2D2, or C2D4) in a cell with 25 atm of O2. The apparatus subsequently blew up, but luckily not before he had obtained the spectra shown in Figure 8.”


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  1. Where is that figure from! You just plagarized! I’m telling! You didn’t cite it!

    Comment by charles — June 4, 2006 #

  2. charles, i did cite it, below the fig! but go ahead and tell on me anyway!

    Comment by sam — June 6, 2006 #

  3. […] must be stiff and formal and without personality.” Which reminds me of this line from an old Chem. Rev. paper: “Evans boldly put 50 atm of ethylene (C2H4, trans-C2H2D2, or C2D4) in a cell with 25 […]

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