I’m naturally talking about the “unknown compound competition“. Let’s crunch some numbers first: the post was viewed c.a. 1000 times, 11 chemists participated in the competition and we now have 2 winners.
So, what was the solution? A tricycle, of course :)
This research was mainly done by our (at that time) (A)Ma(zing)ster student Suzanne, and you can find our amazing Tetrahedron Letters paper here (it is not the final version yet, as we just received the proof).
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand….. The winners areeeeee……… (drum roll)…………..
1st: Zach Reitz from the university of Santa Barbara
2nd: Manuel Ortuño, ex Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
Congratulations to the winners (we spent quite a lot of time (and NMR time) cracking the structure) and thanks to all the participants. It was fun to host this competition.
What did the guys won? A special Dutch pack composed of:
A pair of warm warm klomp for the cold days deciphering spectra or writing papers in the office:
Dutch food…. When someone say that in the Netherlands the food is pretty bad….. well….. believe them…. But, somethings are pretty good, and as we could not ship herrings (dutch style) nor oliebollen, we opted for licorice and stroopwafels. The latter are pretty good stuff. You should get a hot cup of tea, put the stroopwaffels on top and wait 5 minutes, the syrup inside the waffles become warm and the cookie is amazing.
Some 3D printed stuff. I’ve got a 3D printer and I’m still learning how to use it properly. Here the silver metal with the Bohr electron shells.
Nice thing of this print is that, although printed in a single piece, is completely movable. Pretty funny. I would love to say that it is something I designed, but it’s not the case. You can find all the atoms on thingverse.
Once again, thanks to all the winners, participants, random readers and HR people. Enjoy chemistry and have fun!