The monsters of chemistry

This recent post exemplifies why I love Derek Lowe’s Pipeline blog.

Having hydrogen azide meet fluorine is sort of like kids talking about Godzilla vs King Kong. Even after years in the lab, it’s still possible to have a child-like glee about chemistry, whether it’s super-reactive reagents or stuff that stinks.

Makes me remember the time I dropped an inch of copper wire into a beaker of nitric acid. Interesting to watch-


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