"It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers..."

Only discovered this today, and I’ve spent all evening reading the archive: Derek Lowe’s In The Pipeline blog.

The author is an organic chemist, working in drug discovery for an unnamed big pharmaceutical company; he has some interesting tales about how drug development works (or doesn’t, sometimes catastrophically). But the real gems are in the “How Not To Do It” and “Things I Won’t Work With” categories.

Start with the Things I Won’t Work With entry about chlorine trifluoride, and explore from there.