the great ass probe of surface chemistry

August 10, 2007 at 9:58 am | | great finds, literature, wild web

OK, my labmate showed me a paper that tops the Balls and Wood one I posted yesterday.

Optical second harmonic generation as a probe of surface chemistry
Robert M. Corn and Daniel A. Higgins
Chem. Rev. 1994, 94(1), 107-125.

But look at the title given on Web of Science:


Awesome. And look how many times it’s been cited!

I doubt anyone can top that.


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  1. I doubt anyone can top this, but it will make searching CAS somewhat more fun this fall. In fact, I think I’ll use this as an example in my Writing in Chemistry class, if it’s ok with you.

    Comment by Brian — August 13, 2007 #

  2. Some editors deserve to be lined up against the wall.

    I wrote a mundane solid-phase methodology paper that in the end happened to attract lot of citations. Because the better journals refused it originally, it ended up in Peptide Research.

    I did not feel like explaining what TFA means in peptide paper but obviously they must have thought that an explanation was needed so they added without my knowledge in the published article “…the Boc group was cleaved with TFA (TRIFLUOROACIDIC acid)” and made ass both of Pept. Research editors and me in the process.

    Comment by milkshake — August 13, 2007 #

  3. yeah, that acidic acid can really do some damage!

    Comment by sam — August 13, 2007 #

  4. yeah, and that’s even not the point, Sam ;)
    it’s supposed to be TFAcetic acid…

    Comment by edix — August 13, 2007 #

  5. yeah, i know: acidic instead of acetic. am i missing something?

    Comment by sam — August 13, 2007 #

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  7. very intresting

    Comment by Hoamndapdwemo — March 20, 2009 #

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