The Schlenk Line Survival Guide is created by Dr. Andryj Borys, a main-group chemist, phosphorus 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 many 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 and slowly (2 years!) but steadily added more techniques to his collection.
About Andryj Borys:
Andryj completed his BSc in Forensic Chemistry at the University of Kent in 2015 and then stayed on for a Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Ewan Clark. His research focused on the synthesis of main-group heterocyclic radicals, primarily sulfur/nitrogen and phosphorus/nitrogen systems, for the development of magnetic organic materials. He was also involved in projects investigating phosphenium cations for applications in catalysis and small molecule activation. In September 2018, Andryj moved to the University of Edinburgh for his first post-doctoral position under the supervision of Dr. Michael Cowley, exploring the synthesis and reactivity of unsaturated phosphorus/boron heterocycles and other main-group multiply bonded species. Following this, in September 2019, Andryj moved 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.