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### Is there a general consensus on the causes of the alpha-effect?

There have been various explanations posited for the $\alpha$-effect. The $\alpha$-effect refers to a phenomenon wherein nucleophiles with lone pairs on atoms adjacent (i.e., in the $\alpha$- ...
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### Manuals for a Cahn TG-171 Thermogravimetric Analyzer

Recently a Cahn TG-171 Thermogravimetric Analyzer was donated to my school. We did not get a service or user's manual with it, and some of it still needs to be put back together. I have tried to ...
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### How can I update a map/mesh and coordinates in a PyMol session file?

I have a PyMol session file I was using to create my figures. It contains a protein and ligand broken into several groups of atoms with a fair bit of overlap. There are also a few meshes built from ...
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### Deliquescence/efflorescence: How can I convert between salt concentration and RH?

I am looking at two phase diagrams, one has axes of $T$ and $\%\ce{MgClO4}$ in a $\ce{H2O-MgClO4}$ mix, and the other has axes of $T$ and relative humidity. The authors of the second phase diagram say ...
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### What is the justification for Hückel's Rule?

I know that experimentally, the rule has been verified but I am having trouble understanding why it works. I see no reason why equivalent cyclic structures can undergo resonance and be just as stable. ...
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### Finding the number of cyclic isomers algorithmically

Is there an algorithm for finding the number of cyclic isomers a given compound might have? I've found a general algorithm for all isomers: link, but I'm not sure how to apply it for cyclic isomers ...
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### Molecular Imaging - Any surprises to be had?

Molecular imaging, using STM and AFM technologies, appear so far to visually prove most of what we already know about chemical structures, such as VSEPR theory. For instance, here are the ideal ...
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### Hosoya Z Index and Correlation with Boiling Point

I have recently read about the Z topological index found by Hosoya. The papers/sources The Z index is the sum of the coefficients of the matching polynomials (no. of ways to choose an independent edge ...
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### When measuring avidity should you use the ligand concentration or the nanoparticle concentration?

Looking at avidity between a ligand-receptor, you're looking at an enhancement of the $K_d$ compared to a lone ligand. Is it more appropriate to compare the $K_d$ using the concentration of the ...
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### How to calculate the pH of a saturated solution from its solubility constant Ksp and acidity constant Ka?

Given that $K_{\mathrm{sp}}(\ce{CaF2})=3.2\cdot 10^{-11}$, $K_{\mathrm{a}}(\ce{HF})=10^{-5}$, and $K_{\mathrm{w}}=10^{-14}$. Calculate $\mathrm{pH}$ of saturated $\ce{CaF2}$. Here is my ...
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### Alkylation conjugated nitrile

Why does the enolate of the nitrile attack the alkyl chloride from the bond shown in the picture and not from the far end pi bond?
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### Bandgap of a semiconductor for photocatalytic water splitting

I'm reading a review article on photocatalytic water splitting (using semiconductors) and I came across the following: "To achieve photocatalytic water splitting using a single photocatalyst, the ...
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### Carbocation stability order

I was wondering whether the following order (from here) is correct: In the first inequality, why did 9 hyperconjugations dominated resonance effect of benzene ring? In the last inequality ...