I has molecules!

You’d be easily forgiven for thinking that chemists like playing with molecular models because it’s fun (because let’s face it — it is fun!). It can sometimes be completely necessary though. In fact there are a lot of times when it’s pretty much essential to find out lattice structures, input computer models, determine surface adsorption sites…

I can’t help it if I enjoy it!

About Invader Xan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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5 Responses to I has molecules!

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  2. invaderxan says:

    I guess they’re a bit like Lego for scientists, huh? :)
    And yeah, conformations of cyclic molecules like glucose are really tricky to imagine (axial vs equatorial substituents, etc) without actually holding a model in front of you…

  3. orthoflame says:

    I’m not even a chemist yet I still find them fun to fiddle around with.
    I bought a relatively cheap set during my sophomore year and used it a lot during OChem. It was super-helpful, especially when we learned about glucose molecules. And did I mention they’re really fun to play around with? :D

  4. invaderxan says:

    They’re not that expensive actually. I should probably buy a few myself!
    (Those belong to my supervisor…)

  5. I love those kits!
    I’ll probably end up buying one eventually, since I found it quite helpful in visualizing how different molecules looked before they became familiar. :)

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