Second plug is for the newly formed UKASF Linkedin group, the UKASF (UK Automated Synthesis Forum) has been going for quite a few years now and as the name suggests, the group is interested in new technology related to synthetic chemistry, organising an annual meeting with a mixture of vendor presentations, user perspectives and company profiles. The Linkedin group will hopefully prove to be a useful resource for chemists to share experiences and discuss new developments in technology, you can join here.
So, on to the chemistry, I was forwarded a great link this week to a video of Steve Ley giving a tour and overview of the ITC lab at Cambridge University, you can take the video tour here and see where all the publications come from!
Continuing in academic circles, I see that King's College are launching a new chemistry course this year, Chemistry with Biomedicine a brief description of the course is below:
"A totally new Chemistry course, designed to meet the rigorous standards of the Royal Society for Chemistry and delivered by chemists working within a very broad range of biomedical and health applications."
Not to be outdone in creating courses tailored to modern day industry needs, UCL have the MSc in Drug Design, more on which can be found here.
A web site I have mentioned before, organic reaction.com is a great chemistry resource, well worth having a look at and very smartly laid out, an example is the screen shot of the Protecting Group page below.
Finally for this issue, I'd like to share a video showing the use of filter vials to protect your LC/MS instruments, I'm a bit surprised these aren't more widely used given the excellent protection they offer.
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