Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
having an affinity for silver — used of certain cells, structures, or tissues that selectively reduce silver salts to metallic silver.“Cuprophilic” has been used in both senses, viz. Cu—Cu bond (as, for example, here) and “having an affinity for copper” (as in here). Similarly, “metallophilic” has been used to describe both “generic” metal—metal bond and for “metallophilic cells”. I find the use of this terminology in its former (more restrictive) sense both confusing and unnecessary. For example, this paper describes “Hg(II)···Pd(II) metallophilic interactions”. It could as well be named simply “Hg(II)—Pd(II) interactions”.
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
According to Freeman Dyson, in rather unimaginable 101500 years from now, and in case proton decay does not happen, most of nuclei will either fuse or decay into iron. This will leave the universe inhabited by “cold spheres of pure iron”. I think it is cool, even if I won’t live that long to see it. However, I came across a report of recent (2006) observation of ‘iron star’ with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. I don’t think these objects are the same as Dyson’s iron stars though, just the next best thing.
Monday, May 04, 2009
Each of the Cu(I) centers is trigonally coordinated by three S atoms, and each of the six dithiophosphate ligands is connected to a Cu4 butterfly, where the hinge positions are occupied by two copper atoms situated at the vertex of the central tetrahedron and the wingtips are two capping Cu atoms.However, to understand what they are talking about, one really should see one of these beautiful structures in 3D. I used this CIF file and Mercury program to create the image below.