Sciencemadness Discussion Board


Ethan-2-ol - 22-6-2009 at 04:23

Hello everyone,
because I didn't find a "Welcome-Section", I think I'll introduce myself here (some people also did it here). I'm mainly active on the german forum, but I guess most people in the world won't register in a german forum due to our language ;) . So I found this forum and I hope I'll be able to exchange knowledge with people in other countries.
My interests are mainly organic chemistry, e.g. synthesizing compounds, what I'm doing in a basement lab at home. I won't publish a whole list of glassware or chemicals here, all I can tell is that I have enough to synthesize some stuff. I do NOT produce any drugs or explosives, I want to live in freedom for some more years ;) .
I'm also interested in the legal situation of buying chemicals in other countries, not because I'm planning to do so, just to know what the situation of others is like.

Sauron - 22-6-2009 at 04:38

Welcome! We have quite a few members in common with thw german forum.

Anyway I hope you enjoy yourself here.

Lanthanide - 8-7-2009 at 18:16

I'm having real troubles posting to this site, so this is my first post in a test-area.

entropy51 - 9-7-2009 at 15:31

Welcome Ethan-2-ol.

Do you have a twin named Ethan-1-ol? If you do, then he must be an identical twin, since I don't think he can be an isomer of yours.

I will be even more concerned if there is a brother named Ethan-3-ol!

Ozone - 9-7-2009 at 17:23

Ethan-2-ol, ROTFL:D.




Anders Hoveland - 10-7-2010 at 15:49

Quote: Originally posted by Ethan-2-ol  
So I found this forum and I hope I'll be able to exchange knowledge with people in other countries.
NOT produce any explosives, I want to live in freedom for some more years ;) .
I'm also interested in the legal situation of buying chemicals in other countries, not because I'm planning to do so, just to know what the situation of others is like.

A pitty. In Danmark, the folk have presumed rights and freedoms, however on the other hand the government has much control over peoples lives so the laws are often conflicting. Chemical availability is highly regulated, but in practice much is available. Outside of the more crowded areas, no one will bother you if small explosions are done out in the woods, as long as lots of fire is not involved.

Perhaps take the information in this forum and share it with the german forum ?

Hello to the forum

morrie - 16-11-2010 at 05:24

I could not find any welcome sticky anywhere, so I am using this thread to say hello. I have had a lot of fun reading through some of the experiences of people building furnaces and so forth. This has promise of being a very interesting site, and I hope that I am able to make some worthwhile contributions.

Doktor Klawonn - 20-11-2010 at 05:47

I add myself to this list. I have been reading in this forum quite awhile, some may know me from the german forum I am currently working as a science teacher in Germany.

If you are interested in some of our experiments from school, check out my youtube channel or my website (it's in german though).


Tiberius_C - 17-12-2010 at 02:06

Hello, all ... having lurked here for several weeks, I decided to announce myself :)

I haven't had chemistry as an active hobby since 1971, but have had an interest all the same since then. Since I live in a condo with a few chemophobic neighbors, it's (unfortunately) likely I won't be setting up a lab soon. All the same, this website is the best I've ever seen for keeping myself informed.

So far as posts go, for the above reason I won't likely be doing much. But I'll certainly keep reading & trying to soak up all the info my little brain can hold.

Kudos to all of you who have made this site possible!

<Name not used :D >

jtalmodovar26 - 1-1-2011 at 20:13

Hello, The Name is jtalmodovar26

I like to synthesize compounds.

I'm new to this and this forum (Well, I'm not new to chemistry but, I'm new to doing real chemistry)

I'm not exactly the smartest in chemistry So I'll definitely be absorbing a lot of information soon . I apologize ahead of time if I call something incorrectly or ask stupid questions

My Lab consists of thing taken from my mom's pantry and snapple bottles....

Favorite experiments so far: Production of Magnetite and Ferrofluids ; Separation of Iodine from Lugol's Solution (Although I ended up getting rid of it thinking it was the waste layer in the experiment0

Uhh .... Hi

Schrödinger cat - 6-1-2011 at 23:28

I have same full-text journals, but can not post in "References". :( That can i do?

hissingnoise - 8-1-2011 at 02:44

You can request a password for references from a moderator using the U2U function!

Mailinmypocket - 17-5-2011 at 15:23


I am also new to this forum however not to the hobby (practiced it for quite a while 4-5 years ago, spent more money than I should have on every reagent/item I could get my hands on) I unfortunately stopped doing chemistry for a while however due to living quarters which was a small apartment at the time, and so packed up the stuff and semi forgot about it all.

NOW ... I have the space and the time to unpack my several large rubbermaid bins of reagents and equipment and set up a new lab as well as started ordering a few reagents (that "new reagent coming in the mail" excitement is back in full force :P im just thanking myself a million times over that I didnt sell everything like I had planned on doing when I packed it all up!

Anyhow, I just wanted to say hello!

Looking forward to contributing and getting project ideas from other amateur chemists around the world!

This forum seems like an awesome place for information as well as experiment ideas and whatnot (as well as de-rust my chemistry knowledge), I look forward to future reads as well as being able to contribute!

[Edited on 17-5-2011 by Mailinmypocket]

Heuteufel - 5-11-2011 at 12:13

Hello Everyone,

Some of you may already know me from the German forum „Lambdasyn“ ( where I am also registered under the name “Heuteufel”. I will also continue in the future to post most of my syntheses and experiments at “Lambdasyn”, but I thought it would also be interesting to become a member of “Sciencemadness”, which is really a great and very lively forum with a lot of interesting members.

It is difficult to say, why exactly I am so enthusiastic about chemistry (also there are many good arguments for being interested in chemistry), but I think that chemistry, especially being in the lab and performing a synthesis, has something magic, something really difficult to explain to somebody who hasn´t experienced it.:)

If I use some strange expressions this I due to the fact, that English is not my mother language. I think however that my English skills should be sufficient for a proper communication. Anyhow, posting here will improve them…

Enough of that futile talk, now I am going to discuss chemistry (the thread about the isolation of capsaicin has caught my attention):P.

Please Welcome Your New Member

Sheddist - 25-11-2011 at 15:52

Hello everyone,

I am Sheddist. I am a new member :D
I reside in the UK and love everything about science, but chemistry in particular.

Funkerman23 - 5-1-2012 at 16:15

Heh! I guess this is the place for newcomers?

On the web I am known as Boris . Lately I have been pursuing petrochemistry ( assuming such is the correct term)and carbon dioxide conversion but I have many many fields I dabble in. I am hoping here I can both find help and like minded amateur chemists.

weiming1998 - 15-1-2012 at 05:13

Hello everyone.
I have been learning chemistry seriously for almost a year now, and I've noticed this forum for months. But I only registered yesterday. I like to think up of new, creative and efficient ways of making various chemicals other than the conventional methods. I decided to join because there is pretty much nobody around me (not even my parents) that understands me when I talk about chemistry.

edgeofacliff - 5-6-2012 at 13:23

Hello to all, I was born in Germany and raised in the USA. Have been interested in science and chemistry all of my 58 years. Not very educated but have experienced life from many angles. Heres hoping I can contribute something worthwhile.

gooby - 12-8-2012 at 02:52

Hey all.

I am a long time software tinkerer looking to get more involved in the physical end of "mad science" ... just bought my first Arduinio kit not too long ago and mean to start up as a chemist some years hence; learning the theory greedily.

It's gonna be some time before I'm authorized to post in "References" as I found out talking with the moderators but for the record I've got a blog with quite a few references, Bayt ul-Hikma (Arabic for "House of Wisdom"):

If you have any special requests feel free to send me a PM.

Salmo - 20-9-2012 at 06:09

Hello to all i'm studying chemistry at the university, i'm really happy because now I'm registered but it took some days, i think because of server problems, anyway now I can post and this is good. I will try to write intelligent things and I will try to speak my best english :)

Mildronate - 23-11-2012 at 07:17

Hy Adrian:)

White Yeti - 23-11-2012 at 09:16

Just out of curiosity, do you have (or used to have) a lab with a pipe organ? I'm asking because your user-name corresponds with an awesome youtube channel. I won't feel offended if you don't feel comfortable answering.

Welcome to the forum!

Pyro - 23-11-2012 at 11:18

Hello and welcome

BlueBala - 1-12-2012 at 04:03

Hello, my name is Emilio. Recently, I've gained a special interest in Chemistry hence I joined this site. I am currently studying Biology in college and hopefully i can double major in Biology and Chemistry as we don't have a Biochemistry program. :) Hope to make new friends!

woelen - 7-12-2012 at 12:30

Removed post of Adrian8100, this was no real member, but a spambot.
This one was subtle and it took some time before it was recognized as spam!

[Edited on 7-12-12 by woelen]

quarkphotonect - 27-3-2013 at 15:00

Yes! A welcome section, or uh sort of :P WELL!! I will introduce myself, My name is Robert Tucker, and man! I LOVE chemistry it is an obsession for me! Ever since I was young I have had a sparking interest in it, but only in mid high school when I topped the chemistry Class in the year above did my obsession really begin, from then on I just began voraciously learning chemistry, reading, thinking, figuring things out, studying and performing well, I had got to the Final stages of the chemistry olympiad Selection process, a week long training camp that ended in a practical and theoretical exam, The theory was fine great in fact, but man! the practical! :/ We had 3 hours to do 3 things, determine the amount of Iron in an iron tablet thru the determination of the molar absorbtivity of the iron complex we used via colorimetry, determination of Copper content in a Copper sulfate solution via titration, and synthesis of Prontosil. Well! Messed up the synthesis :P and as such lost a place in the final team of 4. That and me placing 1 mark behind the top chemistry scholar in the country ( so 2nd place in the Chemistry scholarship exam) have to be the biggest regrets of my life so far. I am currently studying Towards A Double Major in Chemistry and Pharmacology with a minor in biochemistry at the university of Otago in New Zealand.

confused - 4-4-2013 at 08:33

Hi guys, been lurking here for quite awhile...seemed time to make an acc. Currently studying molecular biotech in singapore, but with an interest in chemistry.

Acidum - 2-5-2013 at 10:37

Greetings to all!

Since this comes closest to introduction themes usually present on forums I thought of making my first post here too.

I have been visiting this forum (and website) almost daily for some time now, reading thru old threads searching for more knowledge and experience. Finally time has come to step in the light and take part in sharing.

I love chemistry since I was very young (yes, I was one of those nerdy kids), and I have maintained a rising collection of chemicals and vessels which I speak of as my lab for many years. I live and work in Serbia. I studied chemistry (organic) on Faculty of Chemistry in Belgrade, and today I work as analyst in a private company (this comes to be my second workplace in same branch). Practicing same area of interest both amateur and professional is very plausible, and every approach has its own benefits.

I am mostly interested in syntheses. I am also interested in energetic materials, but not as much in commercial pyrotechnics as in propulsion, rocketry and (of course) explosions and flame (magical combination, heh). When it comes to different areas of chemistry, my interests should follow next gradient: organic>inorganic=analytical>industrial>biochemistry>rest. I am also very fond of physics, electronics and space sciences, but not at all of mathematics (only the necessary stuff)...

As for experimenting, I am currently in a stall. My appetites for cleaner chemicals have risen with the rise of knowledge, and now I am gathering what is necessary for purifications. Serbia, btw, is very bad place for science (pro and amateur), but I will discuss that in another theme.


[edit] I have almost forgot, I have no interest in physiologically active compounds. :P

[Edited on 2-5-2013 by Acidum]

woelen - 2-5-2013 at 11:37

Good to see you here finally after some troubles with the forum software. :)
I'm looking forward to see your contributions to the forums. Having new members with true interest in science is a good thing.

Fenir - 7-5-2013 at 17:19

Hello Sciencemaddness Forum,
I am have visited the forum for quite some time now, and just created an account. I yearn for more knowlage in the field of Chemisty. I am particularly interested in inorganic chemistry.


Hello Fellow Chem Nerds

amazingchemistry - 7-5-2013 at 20:31

I think the username says everything. I have been interested in chemistry for quite a while now (although I wasn't the type to make smokes and bangs and a kid). I particularly enjoy physical and synthetic chemistry. My schooling has been truncated a little bit, as I had to go to work before completing my bachelor's. Luckily I found work at a small chemical company and I'm loving every second of it. The plans are to enter a graduate program for pchem within the next 5 years, and start saving for the eventual purchase of lab space, reagents and equipment. I'm 25, so I'd say I have a bit of time to accomplish that :)

DeadHead - 9-5-2013 at 13:19

Hello all, I'm DeadHead. I have always had a fascination with chemistry and science. I recently found this board while going on my wild knowledge quests on google, and it struck a chord. I hadn't thought much about chemistry since high school and it got me hooked again. My background lies in computers and electronics, with tesla coils a previous mad science endeavor. I may have to start hand winding again and dig up the cap bank.

[Edited on 9-5-2013 by DeadHead]

Metathesis-izer - 26-6-2013 at 05:06


I've been reading Science Madness for a while. Thank you for the education !

It seems like most of the reactions I do involve Metathesis, e.g. KNO3 + H2SO4 to get HNO3 and KHSO4.

I got started on that from

One of my first questions is about the KHSO4 by-product of the nitric acid production process. I guess I'll have to find the "Is it safe to put it on the compost pile" section. :D

Best Regards,


arkoma - 10-2-2014 at 07:53


Not quite sure how I originally found this board (been lurking for a while) but I am glad I did.

I am a 50 year old semi-nomadic "drop-out" for lack of a better term, a voracious reader, and somewhat of a misanthrope....I also live in what I consider paradise, the Mojave Desert! (right by Joshua Tree N.P.)

And this daggum place has had me up all night reading threads from start to finish--damn all your hides for having interesting things to say!