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1 Blogs and Chemical Communication Steven M. Bachrach Trinity University

2 What is a blog? web log Series of posts More dynamic content than a web page Began in late 1990s and come into its own in early 2000s as part of Web 2.0

3 Chemistry Blog types Opinion and News Teaching Article Reviews Original Research

4 petermr's blog – Peter Murray-Rust (

5 In The Pipeline – Derek Lowe (

6 Chem Bark – Paul Bracher (

7 Chemistry Blog – multiple authors (

8 Master Organic Chemistry - James Ashenhurst (

9 Totally Synthetic – Paul Docherty (

10 Computational Organic Chemistry – Steven Bachrach (

11 Henry Rzepa (

12 Finding Blogs Aggregators Chemical Blogspace Computational Chemistry Highlights

13 Chemical Blogspace – Egon Willighagen,Peter Maas (

14 Chemical Blogspace - Zeitgeist

15 Computational Chemistry Highlights - Jan Jensen (

16 Computational Chemistry Highlights

17 Blogging as Peer review. I. Reductive and Transition-Metal-Free: Oxidation of Secondary Alcohols by Sodium Hydride Wang, Zhang, Wang, JACS, 2009, DOI: 10.1021/ja904224y

18 Blogging as Peer Review. I. Blogged in Totally Synthetic ( Included repeating experiment Picked up by readers who also failed to reproduce results Consensus suggestion that oxygen contaminants, either from air or within or upon NaH, are responsible for oxidation Summarized in RSC blog (

19 Result:

20 Blogging as Peer review. II. Evidence for the Likely Origin of Homochirality in Amino Acids, Sugars, and Nucleosides on Prebiotic Earth, Ron Breslow, JACS, 2012, 134, 6887–6892, DOI: 10.1021/ja3012897 Dinos in Space! "An implication of this work is that elsewhere in the universe there could exist life forms based on D amino acids and L sugars...Such life forms could even be advanced versions of dinosaurs, if mammals did not have the good fortune to have the dinosaurs wiped out by an asteroidal collision, as on Earth. We would be better off not meeting them."

21 Blogging as Peer Review. II. Plagarism and exaggerated claims highlighted in Chem Bark, In the Pipeline, Curious Wavefunction, and others oh-my/ per_more_than_just_alien_dinosaurs.php dinosaurs-be-typing.html chemistry-meets.html Stuart Cantrells (Chief Editor of Nature Chemistry) Twitter pics demonstrate many paragraphs that were lifted whole (

22 Result:

23 Why I blog Altruism only goes so far Survey the computational organic literature to A) provide currency to my book B) assist in writing the second edition C) forms the basis of a series of review articles for RSC Demonstrate the use of blogging in chemical communication

24 Chemistry-enabled Blogging

25 Technical Considerations Blog software Wordpress Blog-specific hosting Self-hosting Commercial blogging service, (now google), Remote host MediaTemple

26 The Future of Blogging Pressure from other social media Hard to envisage Twitter as an effective chemical communication medium Need to establish professional benefit to blogging Alt.metrics Current most promising candidate: Journal review overlay

27 Acknowledgments Peter Murray-Rust Henry Rzepa Jan Jensen Wiley, RSC Dustin Bachrach

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