A Fun Observation Searching for a Chemistry Paper on Google

18 Apr

I’ve recently moved the ChemConnector blog from home-based servers to be hosted by WordPress. There have been some issues with doing so and there is still work to do in mapping over all old images into the new theme. Not as easy as hoped. It’ll get fixed. In parallel I’ve decided to finally put my CV online with links to the actual publications I’ve written as it is getting increasingly difficult and frustrating to keep managing my CV and I’d rather host it online anyway. I’ve got the paper collection on Mendeley, and Scivee and partially on LinkedIn but it seems more sensible, and easier, to just manage online and the blog seems to be the right place to do that.  So, my CV is now listed here.

One of the challenges that I have taken on is to link as many of the publications as possible to the actual articles using DOIs as much as possible. In general this has been quite easy but some, not quite so simple. The general path has been to copy-paste the title of the article from my CV directly into Google and find the paper and paste the here as a link. You’ll see a list of them on the CV now. When that fails then just the reference itself generally finds it for me.

There have been a couple of interesting observations in the work that are “unimportant but interesting”. For example, this one on my CV. Paper number 28 lists as:

28. M.R. Detty, D. Young and A.J. Williams, A Mechanism for Heteroatom Scrambling in the Synthesis of Unsymmetrical Chalcogenpyrilium Trimethine Dyes, J. Org. Chem. 60, 6631 (1995)

and a search on

“Mechanism for Heteroatom Scrambling in the Synthesis of Unsymmetrical Chalcogenpyrilium Trimethine Dyes” brings me this list of hits on Google. All three hits are different versions of my CV but none of them are the original paper.

Search Results

  1. AntonyWilliams | SciVee

    Nov 12, 2010 A Mechanism for Heteroatom Scrambling in the Synthesis of Unsymmetrical Chalcogenpyrilium Trimethine Dyes, J. Org. Chem. 60, 6631 (1995)
  2. 2008 December 05 archive at The ChemConnector Blog by Antony

    Dec 5, 2008 A Mechanism for Heteroatom Scrambling in the Synthesis of Unsymmetrical Chalcogenpyrilium Trimethine Dyes, J. Org. Chem. 60, 6631 (1995)
  3. [PDF]

    Antony Williams Resume

    – Apr 15

    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat – Quick View
    28. M.R. Detty, D. Young and A.J. Williams, A Mechanism for Heteroatom Scrambling in the. Synthesis of Unsymmetrical Chalcogenpyrilium Trimethine Dyes,…/Antony%2520John%2520Williams%2520Final%2520CV%2520Version%…


However…there is the listing at the top of the page asking:

Did you mean: Mechanism for Heteroatom Scrambling in the Synthesis of Unsymmetrical Chalcogen Pyrylium Trimethine Dyes

So, Google wants to split chalcogenpyrilium into two words to do the search. It shouldn’t be two words according to the title I have, and wasn’t in the paper as I recall, but why not search and see if it helps.

There, at the top of the search is:

A Mechanism for Heteroatom Scrambling in the Synthesis of

– 1:53pmby MR Detty – 1995 – Cited by 3Related articles
A Mechanism for Heteroatom Scrambling in the Synthesis of Unsymmetrical. Chalcogenopyrylium Trimethine Dyes …. heteroatom scrambling involves the entire chalcogenopy…. leads to symmetrical telluropyrylium dye la and sele-
with Chalcogenopyrilium (note the inserted “o”) rather than chalcogenpyrilium. If I click through I find the paper here at and find that I had the title wrong. I had it wrong in the three versions of my CV scattered around the internet. Now I’ve got it correct on the blog version of my CV.
Google never ceases to amaze me. The fact that its helping me to correct spellings in my own CV…how embarrassing…and impressive at the same time!

About tony

Antony (Tony) J. Williams received his BSc in 1985 from the University of Liverpool (UK) and PhD in 1988 from the University of London (UK). His PhD research interests were in studying the effects of high pressure on molecular motions within lubricant related systems using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. He moved to Ottawa, Canada to work for the National Research Council performing fundamental research on the electron paramagnetic resonance of radicals trapped in single crystals. Following his postdoctoral position he became the NMR Facility Manager for Ottawa University. Tony joined the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York as their NMR Technology Leader. He led the laboratory to develop quality control across multiple spectroscopy labs and helped establish walk-up laboratories providing NMR, LC-MS and other forms of spectroscopy to hundreds of chemists across multiple sites. This included the delivery of spectroscopic data to the desktop, automated processing and his initial interests in computer-assisted structure elucidation (CASE) systems. He also worked with a team to develop the worlds’ first web-based LIMS system, WIMS, capable of allowing chemical structure searching and spectral display. With his developing cheminformatic skills and passion for data management he left corporate America to join a small start-up company working out of Toronto, Canada. He joined ACD/Labs as their NMR Product Manager and various roles, including Chief Science Officer, during his 10 years with the company. His responsibilities included managing over 50 products at one time prior to developing a product management team, managing sales, marketing, technical support and technical services. ACD/Labs was one of Canada’s Fast 50 Tech Companies, and Forbes Fast 500 companies in 2001. His primary passions during his tenure with ACD/Labs was the continued adoption of web-based technologies and developing automated structure verification and elucidation platforms. While at ACD/Labs he suggested the possibility of developing a public resource for chemists attempting to integrate internet available chemical data. He finally pursued this vision with some close friends as a hobby project in the evenings and the result was the ChemSpider database ( Even while running out of a basement on hand built servers the website developed a large community following that eventually culminated in the acquisition of the website by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) based in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Tony joined the organization, together with some of the other ChemSpider team, and became their Vice President of Strategic Development. At RSC he continued to develop cheminformatics tools, specifically ChemSpider, and was the technical lead for the chemistry aspects of the Open PHACTS project (, a project focused on the delivery of open data, open source and open systems to support the pharmaceutical sciences. He was also the technical lead for the UK National Chemical Database Service ( and the RSC lead for the PharmaSea project ( attempting to identify novel natural products from the ocean. He left RSC in 2015 to become a Computational Chemist in the National Center of Computational Toxicology at the Environmental Protection Agency where he is bringing his skills to bear working with a team on the delivery of a new software architecture for the management and delivery of data, algorithms and visualization tools. The “Chemistry Dashboard” was released on April 1st, no fooling, at, and provides access to over 700,000 chemicals, experimental and predicted properties and a developing link network to support the environmental sciences. Tony remains passionate about computer-assisted structure elucidation and verification approaches and continues to publish in this area. He is also passionate about teaching scientists to benefit from the developing array of social networking tools for scientists and is known as the ChemConnector on the networks. Over the years he has had adjunct roles at a number of institutions and presently enjoys working with scientists at both UNC Chapel Hill and NC State University. He is widely published with over 200 papers and book chapters and was the recipient of the Jim Gray Award for eScience in 2012. In 2016 he was awarded the North Carolina ACS Distinguished Speaker Award.
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