Your favorite chemical reaction?

What's a chemistry carnival without a ferric wheel? From C&EN, Dec. 24, 1990.

What’s your favorite chemical reaction? We at CENtral Science want to know, as part of a blog carnival in honor of the International Year of Chemistry.

What’s a blog carnival, you ask?

A blog carnival is a periodic collection of blog posts written loosely around a single theme that are then aggregated at the host blog. The beauty of the carnival is that we all can come together around our passion whether we’re part of a network or not. Big name bloggers and fledgling writers. Dogs and cats, sleeping together. Everyone is welcome at a blog carnival.

Maybe we can even bring together some bench researchers and EH&S staff. 🙂

If you want some inspiration, check out Humble but useful amides, The smell of it, The Crabbé reaction, and polymerization via Popcorn-stringing or Lion taming. (Rose jelly is also a great post on acid-base chemistry, but I don’t know if it’s meant for the carnival.)

If you’re not a regular blogger but have a reaction that you’d like to share, feel free to comment below or write to and we’ll set you up. The best posts will have a chance at a spot in an issue of C&EN later this year. The deadline to submit entries is 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, September 26.

Ferric wheel image via A real live “ferric wheel”. Here’s the original C&EN story and here’s the JACS paper.

Author: Jyllian Kemsley

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