Henry Rzepa's Blog Chemistry with a twist

June 22, 2016

How does an OH or NH group approach an aromatic ring to hydrogen bond with its π-face?

I previously used data mining of crystal structures to explore the directing influence of substituents on aromatic and heteroaromatic rings. Here I explore, quite literally, a different angle to the hydrogen bonding interactions between a benzene ring and OH or NH groups.


June 13, 2016

A wider look at π-complex metal-alkene (and alkyne) compounds.

Previously, I looked at the historic origins of the so-called π-complex theory of metal-alkene complexes. Here I follow this up with some data mining of the crystal structure database for such structures.


June 10, 2016

A wider look at chlorine trifluoride: crystal structures and data mining.

A while ago, I explored how the 3-coordinate halogen compound ClF3 is conventionally analyzed using VSEPR (valence shell electron pair repulsion theory). Here I (belatedly) look at other such tri-coordinate halogen compounds using known structures gleaned from the crystal structure database (CSD).


August 5, 2015

Single Figure (nano)publications, reddit AMAs and other new approaches to research reporting

I recently received two emails each with a subject line new approaches to research reporting. The traditional 350 year-old model of the (scientific) journal is undergoing upheavals at the moment with the introduction of APCs (article processing charges), a refereeing crisis and much more. Some argue that brand new thinking is now required. Here are two such innovations (and I leave you to judge whether that last word should have an appended ?).


September 15, 2013

A two-publisher model for the scientific article: narrative+shared data.

I do go on rather a lot about enabling or hyper-activating[1] data. So do others[2]. Why is sharing data important?



  1. O. Casher, G.K. Chandramohan, M.J. Hargreaves, C. Leach, P. Murray-Rust, H.S. Rzepa, R. Sayle, and B.J. Whitaker, "Hyperactive molecules and the World-Wide-Web information system", Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 2, pp. 7, 1995. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/P29950000007
  2. R. Van Noorden, "Data-sharing: Everything on display", Nature, vol. 500, pp. 243-245, 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nj7461-243a

June 24, 2013

Research data and the “h-index”.

Filed under: Chemical IT — Tags: , , , , — Henry Rzepa @ 1:41 pm

The blog post by Rich Apodaca entitled “The Horrifying Future of Scientific Communication” is very thought provoking and well worth reading. He takes us through disruptive innovation, and how it might impact upon how scientists communicate their knowledge. One solution floated for us to ponder is that “supporting Information, combined with data mining tools, could eliminate most of the need for manuscripts in the first place“. I am going to juxtapose that suggestion on something else I recently discovered. 


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