In Hand-drawn Structures, A Piece of Personality-UPDATEDUPDATED 1/16/2013: Thanks to Tony (@myarlak) for his strychnine drawing! UPDATED 12/11/2012: 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. -- Chemjobber had an unexpectedly sweet shout-out to my recent Haystack post about anesthetics-- but CJ's focus was on the hand-drawn structures that I typically make to accompany blog posts:
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. Just compare my own drawings to CJ's-- and to the ones submitted by SeeArrOh (via blog) and STEM_Wonk (via Twitter). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.