Looking to inspire your students? Sleep at the lab!

Chances are, you’re not like me: you cringe when someone says the word “chemistry.” Your memory of it vaguely harkens back to an undergrad class whose knowledge you flushed once you finished the final. That’s okay — my goal for this series is to change that paradigm, make it understandable to all, and provide some entertainment.

Even though the nature of the organic molecule was very much in question as well as how to classify them (radicals, types, etc.), organic chemists were absolute beasts when it came to analysis. The specimen generally…