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Triarylmethyl Radicals—the Discovery and Beyond

The discovery of organic free radical, the triarylmethyl radical, was reported in JACS by Moses Gomberg in 1900.1 The report ended with an interesting statement. “This work will be continued”—that is great! But “and I wish to reserve the field

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Challenges in Organic Radical Research in Rajca Lab

Organic radicals are typically unstable at ambient conditions. A molecule with an unpaired electron was once thought impossible until Moses Gomberg proved otherwise in 1900. The history of the discovery of organic radical is fascinating and worthwhile reading.  The discovery

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Look What We Just Got: Meiji EMZ-5TR Zoom Stero Microscope

We just got a new stereo microscope, the Meiji EMZ-5TR zoom stero microscope, with PBH stand and polarization accessories. Such microscope system is useful for detecting and viewing birefringent materials. Why do we need to have the microscope? Very so

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