Once again, on STEM day at the state fair, we taught everyone how cool chemistry is! From learning about ocean acidification to making a hidden message (or some slime!) everyone had a good time. Thanks to Market Science (https://marketsci.org/) for helping us spread our love of chemistry!
Congratulations to Amy and Mary, whose paper was just accepted in the Journal of Organic Chemistry! If you want to learn more about the multiple mechanisms of the Winstein Rearrangement, click the link! Evidence for a Sigmatropic and an Ionic Pathway in the Winstein Rearrangement
Our most recent paper (The Effect of Proximal Functionality on the Allylic Azide Equilibrium) was selected to design the cover art for an upcoming issue of the European Journal of Organic Chemistry! The art was done by local artist/illustrator/author Drew Brockington (http://brockart.format.com/). To see it up close and learn more about it, visit http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ejoc.201701430/full
Congrats to Mary, James and Vicky!
In collaboration with Market Science (https://marketsci.org/), we went to the state fair to teach kids from all over about how fun chemistry can be! I don't know who had more fun: the kids, the adults, or us volunteers! Overall, we taught over 400 people about ocean acidification, precipitation reactions, catalysis, and how to make slime!To learn more about STEM Day at the state fair, visit http://www.mnstatefair.org/entertainment/special_days_events.html or https://www.facebook.com/MNSTEMDay/
On Saturday, the Topczewski lab once again showed the Midtown Market that chemistry is fun and interesting! Despite the wind, almost 100 people came to learn about ocean acidification, precipitation reactions, catalysis, and how to make slime!
Our lab just keeps churning out the papers! Already, paper number three is in the European Journal of Organic Chemistry. Way to go, Mary, James, and Vicky!
Congratulations to Amy, Mary, and Matt, who all passed their preliminary exams! Now that they're all done with those hoops, here's hoping they get lots of good research done.
Our Chemistry Market Science exhibit was so popular that we got asked back! This time, we went to the Nokomis Farmer's Market. We were so busy though, teaching everyone the joys of chemistry, that we forgot to take pictures. But at least we spread our knowledge and hopefully our love of chemistry.