The UsefulChem group had 2 meetings this week. Here are some points that came out:
1) Everyone needs to subscribe to the UsefulChem blog, the UsefulChem-Molecules blog and the UsefulChem Wiki. Subscribing to the blogs is easy - just click on the Bloglines icon at the top of the blog. To subscribe to the wiki click on "Recent Changes" then "Notify Me" then click on the top RSS orange button. It will take you to an XML page - just copy the URL and paste it in Bloglines (under "ADD")
2) We spend most of our time on the Ugi synthesis. I think everyone in the group is now able to find the 3 components required to make the target diketopiperazine potential anti-malarials.
3) James started to create a database so we could keep track of which molecules have been processed and what we need to make them. If you are subscribed to the wiki RSS feed you will be able to see this database grow. Anyone is welcome to add to it.
4) We have people at very different levels of experience in the group. Do what you feel capable of doing. The simplest contribution is probably finding CAS numbers, commercial sources and other similar info that you see other molecules in the blog have. You don't need to understand any of the projects to do this.