The Schlenk Line Survival Guide is created by Dr Andryj Borys, a main-group/organometallic chemist, phosphorus and nickel fanatic and Schlenk line enthusiast. The guide begun as a notebook back when Andryj first started using a Schlenk line back in 2015, and detailed all of the techniques encountered during his Ph.D. with easy to follow step-by-step guides, tips and unnecessarily shaded diagrams. The notebook proved to be helpful to other chemists learning to use a Schlenk line, encouraging Andryj to make the resources available online for others to use. He begun making illustrations as a way to pass the time on long train journeys home and slowly but steadily added more techniques to his collection. The Schlenk Line Survival Guide has evolved considerably since its launch in 2019, and I am extremely grateful to everyone who has provided feedback and support.


The original Schlenk Line Survival Guide.

About Andryj Borys:

Andryj completed his BSc in Forensic Chemistry at the University of Kent in 2015 and then stayed on for a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Ewan Clark. His research focused on the synthesis of main-group heterocyclic radicals for the development of magnetic organic materials. Following this, Andryj moved to the University of Edinburgh for his first post-doctoral position under the supervision of Dr. Michael Cowley, investigating the synthesis and reactivity of unsaturated phosphorus/boron heterocycles and other main-group multiply bonded species. In September 2019, Andryj moved overseas to Toronto, Canada, for a second post-doctoral position with Professors Thomas Baumgartner and Chris Caputo to explore the application of fluorescent phospholes in determining Lewis acid strength. In June 2020, Andryj returned to Europe for a post-doctoral position at the Universität Bern, Switzerland, working with Professor Eva Hevia to explore the synthesis and catalytic applications of s- and d-block bimetallics.

_MOS6322Andryj performing a vacuum distillation on his Schlenk line.

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