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The Getzler Research Group

“Many bodies have the property of exerting on other bodies an action which is very different from chemical affinity. By means of this action they produce decomposition in bodies, and form new compounds into the composition of which they do not enter. This new power, hitherto unknown, is common both in organic and inorganic nature; I shall call it catalytic power. I shall also call Catalysis the decomposition of bodies by this force.”

Jöns Jacob Berzelius
(Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal, 1836, XXI, 223)

Lab resources - links to useful papers/files/websites...

Lab Experimental Protocols (Kenyon only)

This is a sample of what your lab notebook should look like.

Cornell Library's Leah McEwen has prepared an excellent guide with tips for searching for polymers in SciFinder.

Need help with style and format for ACS? Check out this quick guide.

Installation instructions, annual license, and installation files for Delta NMR software may be found here (Kenyon only).

Not sure how to use Delta NMR software? Here is a guide to basic spectral acquisition. And here is a guide to basic processing.

Need to reference your spectra to residual solvent? CIL used to have a great chart. Instead, check out the amazingly useful paper by Gottlieb et. al. which gives the shifts of common impurities in common NMR solvents.

What concentration of analyte does a given NMR experiment need? Check here.

iNMR has a ton of really good info about NMR in general and has some great software for data processing that can help you generate high quality files for papers, reports, theses, etc.


TLC Stains - how to make them, which ones are good for what. This comes from the Black Group Research Handbook which has lots of great stuff.


This chart tells one which solvents a miscible with each other and which are most polar. If you're unsure how to use it, ask me! Thanks to George Lisensky.

Here's another great list of solvents by polarity.

Flash Column Chromatography - the original, indispensable paper by Still, Kahn & Mitra

The most useful guide I've found on the web is from REACH Devices.

If you're having trouble separating your compounds, consult this chart and try a different solvent mix (from Thin Layer Chromatography G.B. Marini-Brttolo, p. 77, 1967)

And Nick Chiappini put together an amazing TLC solvent strength translator google doc.


What is the pKa of a particular species? Here is an exhaustive list of pKa values compiled by R. Williams.

Alternately you can use this web-based interface to access pKa values. NOTE: THESE ARE IN DMSO, SO BE CAREFUL!


You can print out this pressure-temperature nomograph for predicting boiling points at variable pressures (courtesy of Sigma-Aldrich). An applet is also available for making predictions.

Ever had to babysit a dropwise addition for hours on end? Not in the Getzler lab! We've got a nice syringe pump. This document contains the diameters of various syringes.

The University of Edinburgh Chemical Engineering Department used to have a great page on azetrope properties that could be queried in a very useful way, but I think Wikipedia ate it. Why have you abandoned us, Jack Ponton?

Image modified from a public domain item (Wikipedia).


The lab uses an mBraun UniLab. Available documents:

• Operatation of touch screen (6.2 Mb pdf)

• Protocol for box use


You probably know what Ac and Ph syand for, but what about Ts, BPOC, TROC?

For that matter, what is TRIS? Or Dess-Martin Periodonane?

Check out this document from Hans Reich at UW Madison (thanks to Kenyon alum Paul Bonvallet).




Looking for a reliable way to make a particular chemical? Try Organic Syntheses. If it's there, it's probably gonna work.





Looking for a good review article, you can search Synthesis Reviews, a database of ~ 2*10^4 reviews in English of interest to synthetic chemists. From 1974 to the middle of last year.



Troubleshooting your chemistry? Try Not Voodoo from the Frontier group.

New to Schlenk? Dr. Borys made a survival guide.

Interested in Graduate School? Check out the ACS Directory of Graduate Research (DGR). You can find all sorts of info here about specific faculty and instututions.

Also check out Piled Higher & Deeper (PhD) Comics from Jorge Cham.

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) runs a cool website with tons of resources for undergraduate researchers called WebGURU. Check it out!

I will personally pay for your tattoo of this on the back of your dominant hand. It does not need to include the notebook page lines, or color, but must include the same layout, font, and flower.