A few of our favourite things

We’ve been enjoying the ‘favourite things about chemistry’ meme started by ChemJobber and continued by Azmanam and the C+EN team – who have now challenged us!

So the London-based team put their heads together and came up with this list:

1. The smell of ethyl acetate (in the morning) [SC]

2. A rainbow of Keck clips [SC]

3. A good graphical abstract that perfectly sums up the paper [SC]

4. CPK models (the proper physical things, not just pretty pictures) [SC]

5. Peter Atkins’ textbooks [GA]

6. Awesomely symmetrical (and pretty) crystal structures [NW]

7. Chemistry sets [GA]

8. The elements song [GA/NW]

9. Curly arrows [LC]

10. Freaky glassware and the prowess of glassblowers [All]

We’ll also throw the baton on to the Chemistry World gang, David Bradley of ScienceBase and Michelle Francl of Culture of Chemistry — and our Boston- and Tokyo-based teammates Steve and Anne.


Neil Withers (Associate Editor, Nature Chemistry)