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This thesis describes the first and long-sought successful synthesis of a new pyrazole-expanded porphyrin, a higher analog of porphyrin. This "Siamese-Twin Porphyrin" provides two conjoined porphyrin-like coordination spheres, thus being able to accommodate two metal ions within the same ligand. In her thesis, Lina Blusch not only explains the challenging synthesis and characterization of the ligand system, but also its application to the synthesis of homo- and hetero-bimetallic Ni and Cu complexes. She observes interesting metal-metal-interactions in the complexes, that lead to a non-innocent multistep redox chemistry. The ligand system and its complexes show an intriguing twisted geometry, giving rise to helical chirality and other fascinating properties. This study explores the first steps and opens up a new chemistry of expanded porphyrins with the potential to biomimetic applications.
"A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder" is the most popular book by James De Mille. It was serialized posthumously (and anonymously) in Harper's Weekly and then published in book form in 1888.
This satiric and fantastic romance is set in an imaginary semi-tropical land in Antarctica inhabited by prehistoric monsters and a cult of death-worshipers called the Kosekin. Begun many years before it was published, it is reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket" and anticipates the exotic locale and fantasy-adventure elements of works of the "Lost World" genre such as Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World," Edgar Rice Burroughs' "The Land That Time Forgot," as well as innumerable prehistoric-world movies based loosely on these and other works. The title and locale were inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "Ms. Found in a Bottle."
It was unfortunate for De Mille's reputation as a writer that this work, his best, was published after H. Rider Haggard's "She" and "King Solomon's Mines," for although Haggard's works were well known by then, the actual composition of De Mille's romance pre-dated the publication of these popular romances, and his ideas were not in the least derivative from Haggard's.
James De Mille was a 19th century Canadian author known for his wit and humor. Before becoming a professor De Mile traveled extensively in Italy, which became the scene for many of his books. De Mille's popular fiction included thrillers, such as The Cryptogram, comic novels of adventure, such as The Dodge Club; or, Italy in 1859, and historical romances, such as A Tale of Rome in the First Century. His series Brethren of the White Cross was the first series for young readers published in Canada. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder published in 1888 is a story set in a future time when humanity becomes a conformist society with no inspiration to develop creative ideas.
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