Call him green for the chemistry he’s made: thanks and farewell César A. Urbina-Blanco

César A. Urbina-Blanco (@Cesapo) is a postdoctoral researcher in sustainable chemistry and CO2 utilization in the Laboratory for Chemical Technology of Ghent University, and joined Real Scientists in March.

César began his week by diving straight into his love for green chemistry by outlining its guiding principles and introducing us to the idea of CO2 as a chemical precursor.

As a multilingual scientist, César also tweeted lots in his native Spanish…

… and was not afraid of more than a little controversy! Such as here where he assigned Hogwarts houses to chemistry disciplines. [#AnalChem is totes Ravenclaw btw – Ed.]

César generously completed our post-curation interview, so you can read his thoughts on how it all went below.

In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?

It was AWESOME! I really enjoyed!

It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?

It was overwhelming at first, but it got a lot easier as the week progressed. It was just a bit more time consuming that I expected as I really wanted to reply to most of the comments, but overall I would say it was pretty good!

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

I think my favorite part was answering the questions of the students from Dayna Doskocil (@DaynaJD) asking me question about being a chemist, it was a lot fun. Another thing I really enjoyed was people from Google replying to an old complain I had about a fake #ClimateChange study that pops on the first page of the search results.

Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?

I think I managed to talk about everything I planned. I would have loved to talk a bit more in Spanish, but I think I managed to get some important tweets on my favorite language 🙂

Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?

I listened to Upulie and had a theme for each day so that I would talk about that specific issue and not go into random mode. I think it worked for me, although obviously #EverythingHasChemicals stayed around for a couple of days 🙂

Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?

I think have a theme for the day really helps getting your thoughts together and planning your own tweets.

What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?

There are a lot of amazing chemistry favorite accounts are

Thanks once again César from all of us here at RealScientists HQ. If you missed anything from his week, the tweets are all collated at the following link.


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