About

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.

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The original Schlenk Line Survival Guide.

Special thanks to EwanKyleCraigRobCurtis and Oni for all of your feedback and help!

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, primarily S/N and P/N systems, 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 study cooperative bi-metallic catalysts.

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Andryj and his beloved Schlenk line (Edinburgh).