Here we have collected a summary of our favorite resources. If you have suggestions let us know!
- Open access website SOP4CV by Dr. Daniel Graham
- Open access A Practical Beginner's Guide to Cyclic Voltammetry (J. Chem. Educ. 2018, 95 , 197–206)
- Elements of Molecular and Biomolecular Electrochemistry by Jean-Michel Savéant and Cyrille Costentin. SMC has a copy.
- Electrochemical Methods: Fundamentals and Applications, 2nd Edition by Bard and Faulkner. SMC has a copy.
- (Un)suitability of the use of pH buffers in biological, biochemical and environmental studies and their interaction with metal ions – a review by Helena Soares (RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 30989)
- Overview of NMR and extensive resource: Multinuclear NMR webpage
- The 2010 paper NMR Chemical Shifts of Trace Impurities ( Organometallics 2010, 29 , 2176–2179) is essential. It allows for quick assignment of unexpected peaks and correct referencing of the solvent peak
- The Schlenk Survival Guide by Dr. Andryj Borys
- Growing Quality Crystals (for single-crystal analysis)
- Practical suggestions for better crystal structures (Müller, Crystallography Reviews, 2019, 15:1, 57-83)
- Example of a typical Swern oxidation procedure: Aminoalkynyldithianes. A new class of calcium channel blocker ( J. Med. Chem. 1991, 34, 5, 1585–1593)
- On Byproducts and Side Products ( Org. Process Res. Dev. 2012, 16, 12, 1877), discusses the difference between these two terms
- Drying of Organic Solvents: Quantitative Evaluation of the Efficiency of Several Desiccants ( J. Org. Chem. 2010, 75, 24, 8351–8354)
- For purification of n-bromosuccinimide (NBS), see experimental section of N-Bromosuccinimide. I. Allylic Bromination, a General Survey of Reaction Variables ( J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1959, 81, 18, 4863–4873), or this PDF snippet
- How to determine the effective concentration of alkyllithims: Titration of alkyllithiums with a simple reagent to a blue endpoint ( J. Organomet. Chem. , 1997, 542 , 281-283)
- Strategic Applications of Named Reactions in Organic Synthesis : a very comprehensive summary of named organic reactions. SMC owns a few copies.
- Purification of Laboratory Chemicals by Armarego and Chai; web version here
Detecting catalyst decomposition & transformation
- A review of the problem of distinguishing true homogeneous catalysis from soluble or other metal-particle heterogeneous catalysis under reducing conditions (J. Mol. Catal. A: Chem., 2003, 198, 317–341)
- Distinguishing Homogeneous from Heterogeneous Water Oxidation Catalysis when Beginning with Polyoxometalates (ACS Catal. 2014, 4, 3, 909–933)
- On decomposition, degradation, and voltammetric deviation: the electrochemist's field guide to identifying precatalyst transformation (Chem. Soc. Rev., 2019, 48, 2927-2945)
- Solar fuels generation and molecular systems: is it homogeneous or heterogeneous catalysis? (Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013, 42, 2338-2356)
Preparing Effective Scientific Figures
- A Brief Guide to Designing Effective Figures for the Scientific Paper (Adv. Mater. 2011, 23, 4343–4346)
- Graphical Excellence (J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2014, 5, 12, 2118–2120)
- Ten Simple Rules for Better Figures (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003833)
- How to Display Data Badly (The American Statistician, 1984, 38,137-147) - great guide for what not to do
- Write Like a Chemist (Oxford University Press, Robinson et al.) covers good technical writing, prepration of research articles, writing winning grants, and making effective posters. SMC owns two physical copies!
- Whitesides' Group: Writing a Paper (Adv. Mater. 2004, 16, No. 15) by George Whitesides
- Unofficial Marie Skłodowska-Curie individual fellowship grant writing guide prepared by the EU-funded project “Net4Mobility”
- How to write grant proposals PowerPoint overview from the junior portion of the 2019 Consortium for Artifical Photophotosynthesis Meeting
Giving Effective Presentations
- PowerPoint overview from the junior portion of the 2019 Consortium for Artifical Photophotosynthesis Meeting
DigiElch 8: SMC owns two copies of DigiElch 8, which is very useful for simulating cyclic voltammograms, testing mechanisms, and for gaining electrochemical intuition in silico. Ask a member of Sascha's lab for access to the hardware dongle.
Mercury: this free software is useful for viewing of single crystal structures and generating simulated powder X-ray diffraction patterns. To access full functionality, contact Uppsala University's library resource team (email) and ask for the site number and license key. They will provide installation instructions.
Reference Managers: The software EndNote is available from our administration, and the free software Mendeley is a great alternative. These programs enable organization of research articles as well as plugins for citing papers in manuscript drafts.
Chemistry Reference Resolver : type in a citation, hit enter, and the website will try its absolute best to take you to that article's webpage. Great for tracking down papers from a list of references!
Energy Unit Conversions tool by the Halas Nanophotonics Group
WebCSD : use to find and download single crystal structures