In Hand-drawn Structures, A Piece of Personality-UPDATED
Thanks to Tony (@myarlak) for his strychnine drawing!
This entry has been sadly untended for a year now. I’m very late in posting this entry from @EnoNeal13 out in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Stationery is always a nice touch.
UPDATED 9/22: A couple of new additions from professors- blogger extraordinaire Sciencegeist (Matt Hartings of American U.) and Greg Ferrence of Illinois State University. Ferrence, who teaches gen. chem., made sure to depict resonance forms.
UPDATED: You readers (and Twitter followers) rock. You really do. I didn’t expect such a great response in one day, but your lovingly hand-drawn structures are pouring in. Keep ’em coming. I’ll be away the week of the 5th and expect a full inbox when I return.
Special super-awesome bonus points go to Azmanam of Chemistry blog– he sent a video of himself drawing his structures.
A chemist’s structures, while adhering to the “1996 ACS” Chemdraw style (or whatever it’s called) cannot help but be a signature of sorts. I’ve written up Carmen’s structures to show the differences (hers are a lot neater and some of my bond angles are funny.)
Drawing structures is one of the few things I do that connects my current job to my last (which would be organic chemistry grad student). I think CJ’s right– structure drawings carry an echo of personality.
If you agree– if you think your renderings of molecules carry a little piece of you along with them, I would love to add your drawings to this little collection, to create a photo gallery akin to our chemistry t-shirt extravaganza or the incomparable Carl Zimmer’s science tattoo emporium. Ideally, it’d be cool to see folks draw the same molecules for comparison. But I won’t turn down drawings of other molecules if the muse particularly strikes you. I’ve posted a request to the Chemistry Reddit group. Send structures to me via Twitter, post a comment here in the blog, or email me email@example.com.