For the last 3 weeks I've been working on making 10 g of an Iridium photocatalyst to ship out. It was requested to be at least 95% purity. Between learning to balance that, TAing organic chem, office hours, and my own classes, it's been a rough start. Today I finally finished the photocatalyst and between all the other stuff, prepped an NMR sample with 1,3,5-trimethoxybenzene to be used to check purity (which we actually ran after already shipping it btw).
After getting back from office hours and class, I could see my lab mate wasn't too happy. He had the proton spectrum open and was telling me, "Man, this is not looking good. Dr. (Adviser) was looking for you and wanted to ask how things looked." About that time our PI came out of his office and asked how it went. My lab mate mumbled that it didn't look any better than 90%. I started panicking and slowly told him what I'd just heard. After a minute of telling me it was unacceptable and that maybe he shouldn't have written a previous letter of rec for me, both of them started laughing.
My lab mate had chosen a really old/crude NMR of his, and then proceeded to open my actual spectrum. It was apparently ~99.27% pure, which we do without ever running any column.First of all, maybe I am getting humorless in my old age, but I can't imagine ever thinking this would be a funny prank.
Do you all have any good lab pranks that you pulled? My labmates were all about rigging up hood sashes to do goofy things to people who had been on vacation for a while, i.e. you'd push your hood sash up for the first time in a week and it would pop a balloon or dump a cup of water on you or some such nonsense.
Readers, got any stories to share?