Molecule of the Week (MotW) Assignment

! Note: We will discuss specific deadlines in class. !

Choose three papers (from January 2012 to the present) that contain at least one molecule that meets the following criteria and email me with links to each – it must contain a metal, it must be molecular (no inorganic polymers, metal-organic frameworks, or metal containing enzymes), and it must have a crystallographically determined structure. I suggest browsing the current contents of Inorganic Chemistry, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie, Dalton Transactions, Organometallics, Polyhedron, Inorganica Chimica Acta, and the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry for ideas.

I will review each of the papers and approve one or more for you to consider using. After you choose a paper from those approved, obtain the cif file (crystallographic information file) associated with the molecule you chose. It is often available as supplementary material associated with a specific journal article, otherwise it can be obtained from the CSD. Email the cif to me.

Use Mercury (installed as part of the CSD) to open the cif file, manipulate the structure to get a representative view, export a picture as a png or jpg, and email the picture to me. This is the picture that will be displayed in your post and link to the 3D model of the molecule.

Create and share a Google Document with me. Use lastnames-MotW draft to name your document and paste a link to the article at the top of the document. Write a brief description of your molecule using Science & Technology Concentrates from C&EN as a model. Focus on using simple and clear language when writing. Your summary will be between 250 and 300 words in length and should include the full article reference following ACS Guidelines. Begin your draft by considering the following questions:

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

Use these suggestions to help you craft and focus your writing while putting the molecule, the research, and your interest in context. Do not just ‘answer’ these questions. Be as specific as possible. 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 (articles referenced in the paper you chose, or others) to answer questions or fill any gaps. Cite these in your document using the ACS guidelines. 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, I hope you enjoy the writing as it comes together!

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