I thought I would interrupt this unplanned blog hiatus with a post about elements, which was inspired by a Twitter conversation with Dr Tom.
Which elemental form of the chemical elements have you used in the lab?
I believe my number is a lowly 10 although I am sure I have forgotten some.
Hydrogen (H), carbon (C), oxygen (O3), fluorine (F2), sodium (Na), magnesium (Mg), bromine (Br2), iridium (Ir), tin (Sn), iodine (I2).
Tom’s was a more impressive 12, including Samarium.
p.s I have obviously also used nitrogen and argon as inert gases in reactions and helium as a GC carrier gas but I don’t feel they count as I haven’t manipulated them into something new.
p.p.s oxygen has been added as I forgot that I have had plenty of experience with stinky ozone.