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  1. #1 For all the true chemistry lovers out there... 
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    What's your favorite molecule?

    Personally, I like trimethyl oxonium. No reason really, I just do.


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    I like oxygen. I find it helps me get through the day.


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    Ethanol for me. It helps me through my workday.

    I drive a school bus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveF
    Ethanol for me. It helps me through my workday.

    I drive a school bus.
    I'm glad I don't live near you, but that's also understandable

    hmm....my favorite molecule depends on my mood. I have many.

    I should probably say [Pt(terpy)X]+ complexes because I've been working with them a lot. They're a nice red-orange color, too.

    Today I'm going to say water though. For its simplicity, weirdness, and usefulness.

    Simplicity: 3 atoms, weirdness: its solid is less dense than its liquid. Imagine what life would be like if ice sunk! usefulness: It's a widely used solvent, we use it to drink, we're made of 95% water or something! And then fun with it: swimming, squirt guns, all that fun stuff
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    CH4. It's kept me employed for 26 years.

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    cant pick one. I LOVE em all.



    every single one

    except for............ (takes deep breath) .....

    *some txt missing*

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    DNA all the way. I'm all about the macromolecules.
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    C2H5OH anyone?
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    Periodic acid is worth a giggle, but only sometimes.
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    Giggles you want? Giggles you can have. Try nitrous oxide, N2O.
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    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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    I'm not good with chemistry, so do correct and forgive the following statement if it's wrong.

    My favorite molecule is Na. Sodium!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremyhfht
    I'm not good with chemistry, so do correct and forgive the following statement if it's wrong.

    My favorite molecule is Na. Sodium!
    It's an element, not a molecule. It still works though.
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    Yeah, see, I don't even know the different at the moment. Perhaps I should do some studying now...^^;
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    Any liquid crystals, they're all good. Especially the ones with acrylate groups on them 'cos they're keeping me busy lately, anisotropic amorphous polymers are cool.
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    Hydronium H3O+. Also known as Oxonium. No real reason other than because it's a cool shape...
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    I forgot to mention Buckyballs. I just love that name. And their derivatives. I mean fuzzy balls? Do those look like fuzzy dead tennis balls with all those hydrogens sticking of it?

    There are just so many great molecules out there...it's hard to pick one!
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    well, i can say i love the caffeine molecule...right?

    but a REALLY cool molecule...or...i guess its not...but...anyway...

    Sodium acetate! This stuff is awesome, ever seen those reusable hot packs? yep, this is whats in em. hot ice is awesome!

    I really have to find some of this stuff :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjc34
    well, i can say i love the caffeine molecule...right?
    Yep, trimethyl xanthine is cool...

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    Sodium acetate!
    Not to be confused with sodium trifluoroacetate.
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    ah, trimethyl xanthine! I KNEW it was something like that.

    And I know what sodium acetate is...but what is sodium trifluoroacetate?
    Does it share any of the same properties? (I assume not)[/quote]
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjc34
    ah, trimethyl xanthine! I KNEW it was something like that.

    And I know what sodium acetate is...but what is sodium trifluoroacetate?
    Does it share any of the same properties? (I assume not)
    Sodium trifluoroacetate is very toxic.
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    well, thats always good to know, I'll try to stay away from the stuff
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chemboy
    Quote Originally Posted by rjc34
    ah, trimethyl xanthine! I KNEW it was something like that.

    And I know what sodium acetate is...but what is sodium trifluoroacetate?
    Does it share any of the same properties? (I assume not)
    Sodium trifluoroacetate is very toxic.
    I like how us chemists grin about toxic chemicals.

    In a lab I was in over the summer with Molecular and Cellular Developmental Biologists - they were talking about how dangerous liquid nitrogen is. I'm like come on! It's so fun to play with! Not to say all MCDBs don't like to play with liquid nitrogen but the ones I was with didn't...

    I gotta say liquid nitrogen is up there with my favorites. Liquid nitrogen ice cream is the best kind of ice cream
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    Quote Originally Posted by (Fe)male
    I gotta say liquid nitrogen is up there with my favorites. Liquid nitrogen ice cream is the best kind of ice cream
    yes, ohh yes. Gotta love the stuff... All this talk of chemistry is slowly wanting me to change my future career choice from Radiologist to Chemist :P
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    My favourite molecule is Nicotinamide Adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADP), because it has an essential role in photosynthesis, and whether directly or indirectly, all life forms on earth depend on photosynthesis.
    I also like the long name :wink: .
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