Carbon, beloved by organikers, looms large, blotting out some of the other elements. Meanwhile, the noble gases, on the far right, are given a far less flattering treatment, labeled as “Lazy elements.” To call the noble gases lazy is unfair, even for an organic chemist. These elements work hard. Helium cools our magnetic resonance imaging scanners and nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers.
by Bethany Halford |
May 29, 2019