Chemistry, Ames Laboratory
Journal or Book Title
Chemistry of Materials
A major emphasis of current chemical research is to develop robust synthetic methods that enable the reliable preparation of materials with specific qualities. Of particular concern is whether a given synthetic protocol is reproducible;(1−5) is a reasonably well-trained student or postdoctoral researcher able to repeat a published synthesis while producing a material with comparable yield and properties to those reported previously? Unfortunately, instead of reporting the precise amounts—expressed as the number of moles or concentrations—of all chemicals and reagents used in their reactions,(6) even the most experienced chemists tend to report ratios. This is regrettable, as one cannot overestimate the amount of resources lost, in terms of researcher time and grant monies, as well as the slower pace of research and missed citation opportunities that are created by this problem.
American Chemical Society
Vela, Javier, "Divide and Conquer: In Reporting Materials Syntheses, Moles and Concentrations Are Best" (2021). Chemistry Publications. 1319.