F’14 MotW Assignment – Part II

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Tasks for Part II of the MotW Assignment: Due Wednesday 09/17/2014

  1. Choose a paper from those approved.
  2. Share the citation in the group ChemWorx library.
  3. Deposit a pdf of the paper in the Reference folder in the group drive.
  4. Obtain the cif file (crystallographic information file) associated with the molecule you chose. The cif file is often available as supplementary material associated with a specific journal article, otherwise it can be obtained from the CSD.
  5. Deposit a copy of the cif file in the MotW folder and append your last names to the file name (e.g. Fairfield-Kassel-ciffilename.cif).
  6. Use Mercury to create a representative view of the molecule, and export a picture as a png or jpg to the MotW folder using the naming scheme described above. This is the picture that will be displayed in your post and link to the 3D model of the molecule.
  7. Create a Google Document in the MotW folder using lastnames-MotW to name your document; include a link to the full-text (HTML) article at the top of the document.

Write a brief description of the molecule using Science & Technology Concentrates from Chemical & Engineering News as a model. Focus on using simple and clear language when writing. Your summary should be approximately 250 to 300 words in length and include the full article citation using the ACS Style.

A few questions to consider as you begin your draft:

  • What is significant about the molecule?
  • How does it fit in the broader context of the research presented in the paper?
  • What interests you about the molecule/topic?

Use these suggestions to help craft and focus your writing while putting the molecule, the research, and your interest in context. Be as specific as possible and do not just ‘answer’ these questions. Let your responses guide the direction of your writing and ask yourself additional questions as you progress.

I suggest you consider using/creating a flat outline to get started. You may also need to refer to additional resources (i.e., articles referenced in the paper) to answer questions or fill any gaps in information/understanding. Cite these in your document using the ACS style as well.

Please do not hesitate to include questions in your draft that you can try to answer yourself or bring to me for help.

Above all, have fun!!

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