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Wang, F.; Luo, T.; Hu, J.; Wang, Y.; Krishnan, H. S.; Jog, P. V.; Ganesh, S. K.; Prakash, G. K. S.; Olah, G. A. Synthesis of gem-Difluorinated Cyclopropanes and Cyclopropenes: Trifluoromethyltrimethylsilane as a Difluorocarbene Source Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Early View, June 16th 2011.

There is nothing I like more (we’ll at least when it comes to life in lab) then a reaction that works. It makes you feel good about yourself and you abilities as a chemist. What’s even more rewarding is carefully examining a problem and solving it, even if that means staying in lab until 11 or 12 o’clock at night. That’s exactly what happened this week in the Leadbeater lab. After spending nearly half a week working on it, we finally found a way to purify a key intermediate in one of my many projects. And it was through what was my least favorite form of…

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