All entries for Wednesday 13 October 2004
October 13, 2004
The french journal was lying. Just lying.
I've spent ages on the damn thing. First of all, the reaction didn't only take '30 minutes', it was definitly an over-nighter. Then there was no mention of any work-up necessary, however an excess of one reagent didn't totally consume the other, and I was left with a mess at the end of the reaction.
I fiddled and farted around with the damn thing for ages trying to get it clean. You do fractional distillations in the teaching labs and come to think of them as a magic procedure that renders all liquid products totally pure. No. Not this time. Even despite the beautifully narrow boiling point range of the relevant fraction.
Anyway, I've decided (on the advice of our post-doc) to abandon the damn thing. Going to try a different tactic and a different molecule to achive the same result. This one's really easy to synthesise. Step 1: Order final product direct from Sigma-Aldrich…......