April 26th, 2012 | 5 comments »
As we get to the end of the Disappearing Spoon the question is whether you had or now have a favorite element? The elements each with their own properties and the periodic table as a way of organizing them are perfect for collectors of whatever (stamps, coins, etc.). I’m not sure I have a single favorite but I certainly have some I really like.
As an organic chemist, I really like carbon and all its versatility but its next door neighbor, nitrogen, has provided me with all the interest needed for me professionally. Nitrogen gas surrounds all the time here on earth and nitrogen participates in almost of all life’s processes. If you’ve bought eggs from Angela and I, you may or may not know that they come from Enno Farms (that is Enno as in NO as in nitric oxide). This nitrogen containing compound has been very good to us research wise and allowed us to pursue other types of life chemistry on a macro scale.
It’s hard not to like some of the common everyday metals like iron and I spent a good deal of time as a post-doctoral working on osmium compounds. The chemistry department’s intramural softball team is the isotopes and their jerseys sport different element symbols and atomic numbers.
Have you found a favorite element or elements (for whatever reason) reading the Disappearing Spoon?
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