Elemental chemistry

Hello world!

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.


21 thoughts on “Elemental chemistry

  1. Hydrogen, lithium, carbon, nitrogen,* oxygen, sodium, magnesium, iron, bromine, iodine.

    * Nitrogen counts because I once made the rookie error of grinding magnesium for a Grignard under nitrogen rather than argon, and inadvertently made magnesium nitride.

    • Electrochemists may win again with this one- its possible to use diamond, graphite, graphene, nanotubes and activated carbon at least as electrode materials.

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  4. Hmm. Hydrogen, lithium, carbon (if you count Li in graphite), nitrogen, oxygen, fluorine, sodium, magnesium, aluminium, sulfur, chlorine, potassium, calcium, chromium, manganese, iron, nickel, copper, zinc, selenium, bromine, molybdenum, rhodium (albeit impure- I was recycling waste), palladium, silver, tin, iodine, barium, platinum, mercury, lead. I guess inorganic synthetic chemists have more fun. I’ve never used any lanthanides though.

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