Letters from Chemistry World readers – Page 10

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    Letters: November 2009


    I read Microwaving myth s (Chemistry World, October 2008, p40) and subsequent letter by Frank Smith, a pioneer in microwave-assisted reactions (Chemistry World, July 2009, p39). It appears that 1985 was the beginning of microwave-assisted chemical reactions based on Smith’s as well as our published work. Our group ...

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    Letters: October 2009


    We feel obliged to respond to Prof Morel-Desrosiers’ criticisms (Chemistry World, August 2009, p36) of an earlier article highlighting a paper of ours (Chemistry World, May 2009, p5). This paper (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2009, 48, 3129) describes the formation, in an aqueous mixture, of unusual clam-like species in ...

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    Letters: September 2009


    Derek Bailey raises his concerns over the amount of carbon sequestration that can occur before oxygen depletion becomes a significant issue (Chemistry World, August 2009, p36) and asks if the relevant calculations have been done. Although the Earth System is complex and exhibits tightly coupled feedback loops, indicative upper limits ...

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    Letters: August 2009


    My colleagues and I on the committee of the South Africa North local section of the RSC enjoyed the excellent article highlighting some of the challenges facing us in South Africa, particularly when it comes to developing the chemical sciences (Chemistry World, June 2009, p46). We were, however, extremely ...

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    Letters: June 2009


    I read with great interest the article by Hayley Birch entitled The artificial leaf (Chemistry World, May 2009, p42). It was pleasing to see that the x-ray structure of Photosystem II (PSII) was shown as a key figure in the article. This structure was determined by myself and colleagues ...

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    Letters: May 2009


    Reading The changing shape of chemistry, 1998 to 2008, I am reminded of what never changes (Chemistry World, April 2009, p39). Nowhere is there any apparent attempt to define the purpose, or purposes, of a chemistry BSc. This is not a demonstration of ’academic freedom’, but, rather, of academic licence. ...

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    Letters: April 2009


    As Matt Brown is a ’freelance science writer based in London,’ it is perhaps not surprising that he missed out on reporting the first new pharmacy degree in the UK for around 30 years - that of the School of Chemical Sciences and Pharmacy at the University of East Anglia ...

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    Letters: March 2009


    I recently delivered an address at a presentation evening at a local school where I was introduced to the audience as an organic chemist. At the reception which followed, I was approached by a parent who congratulated me heartily on my lifestyle choice of being ’organic’ and I was asked ...

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    Letters: February 2009


    From Carl Djerassi In your December editorial (Chemistry World, December 2008, p2), you claim that it is rare for chemistry and its ideas to star in fiction, and rarer still to find a story with a character who is a real-life scientist. Perhaps you are too busy editing a journal ...

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    Letters: January 2009


    By the time I read your feature on whisky (Chemistry World, December 2008, p40) the magazine’s packaging had been binned. So I could not sample the whisky miniature that must have accompanied this excellent article. CW is, after all, the official organ of a professional body still associated with ...

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    Letters: December 2008


    There is a great deal of interest in the dissolution of cellulose in ionic liquids at the moment (Chemistry World, November 2008, p24). It is a commonly held view that this is new science, and the use of imidazolium based ionic liquids for this purpose is certainly new. ...

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    Letters: November 2008


    From Alan Dronsfield Norman Nicholson asks about the introduction of uranium as the catalyst for the Haber process (Chemistry World, September 2008, p42). In 1908, Haber and Le Rossignol realised that it would be possible to synthesise ammonia in an 8 per cent yield at about 600°C and 200 atmospheres ...

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    Letters: October 2008


    With reference to your interview with the new head of the ACC, Cal Dooley (Chemistry World , September 2008, p9), bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates are just two of several hundred chemicals that exhibit oestrogenic activity (EA) in plastics. These chemicals leach from almost all plastics sold today, including polyethylene, ...

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    Letters: September 2008


    I would suggest that many of the issues cited as influencing women’s decisions to stay in academic science ( Chemistry World , August 2008, p8) are equally relevant to men’s decisions: the extreme competition for lectureships; fighting for funding; and long antisocial hours. These affect all new academics equally. ...

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    Letters - July 2008


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    Letters: July 2008


    From Randal Richard I was interested to read the article by Sean McWhinnie ’Science funding in crisis’ (Chemistry World, June 2008, p40). The article had a broad sweep encompassing changes in the research assessment exercise (RAE) to research exercise framework (REF); the recent enquiry of the Innovation, universities and skills ...

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    Letters: June 2008


    From Peter Bentley Your article, ’The Trouble with Antibiotics’ (Chemistry World, March 2008, p16) was unremarkable in containing nothing new, but it did omit a few aspects. The timeline failed to show dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) or isoleucyl tRNA synthetase inhibitors, exemplified by trimethoprim and pseudomonic acid respectively. That takes ...

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    Letters: April 2008


    From Jeremy Tomkinson, Adrian Higson and Geraint Evans We found the article ’Flawed policies encourage damaging biofuels’ (Chemistry World, February 2008, p6) to be disappointingly unbalanced. The provocative titles used for the piece do little to stimulate a reasoned and scientific debate in this immensely complex subject. The RSC has ...

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    Letters: March 2008


    From Martin Humphrey A group of scientists in New Zealand recently announced that they had genetically modified onions in such a way as to eliminate the lachrymator. Having spent many years studying the chemistry of this phenomenon, I would like to assure them that they will also have removed the ...

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    Letters: February 2008


    From Chris Ewels The British Carbon Group (a special interest group of the RSC, the Institute of Physics and the Society of Chemical Industry) is organising an image competition, including a category for under-18s. There is a ?150 prize in each category and there will be a prize-giving ...