I’m an inorganic synthetic chemist who specializes in a few heavy metals and a specific type of structure using different flexible ligands (I’m afraid I can’t be less vague; my research is specialized enough that it would be rather identifiable).
In general, I design molecules with my metal/ligand components and synthesize (or attempt to synthesize) them in lab. I then work the compounds up through crystallization so I can utilize single crystal x-ray diffraction on an instrument like this:
This bombards the crystal with x-rays and allows me to collect data to produce a structure of the molecule, which gives me bond lengths, angles, etc. This is the crystal I’m currently running (it’s huge and awful, really, but I just need to confirm what it is before I care about a better collection). The crystal looks enormous on the screen - and it is large by my usual standards - but in actuality, the loop the crystals sit on are quite small:
The crystals go on the very tip of that loop, so I do a lot of work under a microscope.
It’s a pretty neat process (when reactions behave), and for the most part I do enjoy my work. Bonus perk is that many of my compounds display luminescence, so I keep a black light handy:
That was the view out of my window this afternoon. Now it´s getting very dark and it´s quiet windy. The trees are restless and a big thunderstorm is coming nearer. The sky is full of lightning. It´s spooky. I love it!
hier (*_*) Das Schlimmste ist ja dass es erst Juni ist. Der Sommer fängt eigentlich jetzt erst so richtig an, ugh (*_*)
@theworlds-stage said: Come to Poland xD It;s less than 20 here and it doesn’t look like its gonna change </3 And it’s next door to Germany
I wish I could stay at your place for the next 3 months until summer is over! xD
@anon-wantsyoutobe-happy said: You can survive it! At this rate you shouldn’t come to Singapore hahaha 30+ degrees Celcius isn’t something you could stand. Once again, try your best to survive it!
Yes, I’ll do my best…! (T_T) I mean, I’m actually used to temperatures over 35°C because I used to live in Tokyo, the problem is though that I don’t have an air condtioner in my flat, so that makes the heat unbearable.