July 28, 2011

Victor: I know every step of this cook.

Walt: Oh, do you?!…

Tell me. Catalytic hydrogenation is protic or aprotic? Because I forgot.

If our reduction is not stereospecific, then how can our product be enantiomerically pure?

I mean, it’s 1-phenyl-1-hydroxy-2-methylaminopropane, containing, of course, chiral centers at carbons number 1 and 2 on a propane chain; then reduction to methamphetamine eliminates which chiral centers again? Because I can’t remember… Come on! Help me out, professor!!

May 29, 2011
All of my textbooks. :D

All of my textbooks. :D

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