I smell an amine
Trip Start May 09, 2009
7Trip End Aug 08, 2009
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I got lost AGAIN on the way to the bus stop, which is so incredibly stupid because I know EXACTLY where it is! I live on the 4th level (they call them levels here, not floors, again... odd, but the elevators and everything here is super high tech. Essentially I need to get to the first floor, but the elevator refuses to let me go there. My only option is 2nd floor (which leads to a dead end laundry room) or the basement (smelly garbage chute). I chose the basement option yesterday, and attempted to find the bus stop from there- a really smelly experience.
As promised, I ran a synthesis yesterday!! What I learned: lab manuals are godly. In teaching labs, alls you gotta do is follow the lab manual to a T. In "research" you gotta come up with the stuff all on your own.
I know the reaction I'm trying to do, I know theoretically the reagents needed. The spoiled little brat in me expects all the things I need right on the lab bench, but that is not the reality. It took about an hour for me to figure out how to use this program in the lab- you search your regents (by full name, no abbreviations- ) to locate them. Then you gotta THAW IT OUT!!! (I never realized that most things are not stored at room temperature... is it maybe because room temp is like 30degrees here, that everything needs to be refridgerated? ). Then proceed with the reaction. Then there are the reaction conditions- temperatures lower than what an ice bath can provide (I've never done any reaction that needed to be colder than what ice could do before..). Hence my first experience with dry ice. It was sort of neat, you take it out of the fridge and put it on the floor, then you hack at it with a hammer... Pretty scientific eh? Also, out of the 12 hours spent at the lab, I think I spent 9 of them washing things. Everything has to be washed, mostly first in water, then in acetone; unless it's being used for something that is extrememly reactive in water, in which case you use only acetone. How much acetone did I use yesterday? Enough to melt your fingernails, I'm sure. I am also permantently smelling acetone, I think it has burned all my noes hairs off. Oh well, "so it goes"........