JCE 91.02—February 2014 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education February 2014 Cover

Fostering Engagement in Nanotechnology

The Feburary 2014 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. The February issue issue features a range of articles on nanotechnology in the areas of public engagement, instrumentation, and laboratory experiments.


Norbert J. Pienta, Editor-in-Chief of JCE, discusses Science Scores, Measures of Success, and National Competitiveness.



In Why Did the Electron Cross the Road? A Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) Study of Molecular Conductance for the Physical Chemistry Lab, Bradley W. Ewers, Amanda E. Schuckman, and James D. Batteas describe a series of STM experiments designed to engage students in cutting-edge research techniques while introducing and reinforcing topics in physical chemistry, quantum mechanics, solid-state chemistry, and the electronic structure of molecules and materials.


Using a Deliberative Exercise To Foster Public Engagement in Nanotechnology
by Angela R. Jones, Ashley A. Anderson, Sara K. Yeo, Andrew E. Greenberg, Dominique Brossard, and John W. Moore


The Scanning Theremin Microscope: A Model Scanning Probe Instrument for Hands-On Activities
 by Rebecca C. Quardokus, Natalie A. Wasio, and S. Alex Kandel

A Photocell Scanning Probe Microscope Model
by Maynard J. Morin

Laboratory Experiments

ZnO-Based Sunscreen: The Perfect Example To Introduce Nanoparticles in an Undergraduate or High School Chemistry Lab
by Wanda J. Guedens, Monique Reynders, Heidi Van den Rul, Ken Elen, An Hardy, and Marlies K. Van Bael

Uptake and Impact of Silver Nanoparticles on Brassica rapa: An Environmental Nanoscience Laboratory Sequence for a Nonmajors Course by Kevin M. Metz, Stephanie E. Sanders, Anna K. Miller, and Katelyn R. French

Catalytic Reduction of Hexavalent Chromium Using Palladium Nanoparticles: An Undergraduate Nanotechnology Laboratory
by Omowunmi A. Sadik, Naumih M. Noah, Veronica A. Okello, and Zhaoyong Sun

Simple Syntheses of CdSe Quantum Dots
by Matthew L. Landry, Thomas E. Morrell, Theodora K. Karagounis, Chih-Hao Hsia, and Chia-Ying Wang

A Simple ZnO Nanocrystal Synthesis Illustrating Three-Dimensional Quantum Confinement
by Philip J. Reid, Bryant Fujimoto, and Daniel R. Gamelin

Laser Desorption Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry of Inorganic Nanoclusters: An Experiment for Physical Chemistry or Advanced Instrumentation Laboratories by Timothy M. Ayers, Scott T. Akin, Collin J. Dibble, and Michael A. Duncan

Teaching Resources

A Visually Attractive “Interconnected Network of Ideas” for Organizing the Teaching and Learning of Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
by Glen E. Rodgers

A Simple Oxygen Detector Using Zinc–Air Battery by
Yoong Kin Hooi, Masayoshi Nakano, and Nobuyoshi Koga

3-D Surface Visualization of pH Titration “Topos”: Equivalence Point Cliffs, Dilution Ramps, and Buffer Plateaus
by Garon C. Smith, Md Mainul Hossain, and Patrick MacCarthy

Assigning Oxidation States to Organic Compounds via Predictions from X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy: A Discussion of Approaches and Recommended Improvements
by Vipul Gupta, Hasitha Ganegoda, Mark H. Engelhard, Jeff Terry, and Matthew R. Linford

Making Chemistry Accessible for Visually Impaired Students

Nobody Can See Atoms: Science Camps Highlighting Approaches for Making Chemistry Accessible to Blind and Visually Impaired Students
by Henry B. Wedler, Lee Boyes, Rebecca L. Davis, Dan Flynn, Annaliese Franz, Christian S. Hamann, Jason G. Harrison, Michael W. Lodewyk, Kristin A. Milinkevich, Jared T. Shaw, Dean J. Tantillo, and Selina C. Wang

Making Hands-On Science Learning Accessible for Students Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision
by Cary A. Supalo, Mick D. Isaacson, and Michael V. Lombardi


Kinetics of the Rapid Reaction between Iodine and Ascorbic Acid in Aqueous Solution Using UV–Visible Absorbance and Titration by an Iodine Clock
by Arthur E. Burgess and John C. Davidson

Physico-Geometrical Kinetics of Solid-State Reactions in an Undergraduate Thermal Analysis Laboratory
by Nobuyoshi Koga, Yuri Goshi, Masahiro Yoshikawa, and Tomoyuki Tatsuoka

Chemical Education Research

Alcohol Pharmacology Education Partnership: Using Chemistry and Biology Concepts To Educate High School Students about Alcohol
by Elizabeth A. Godin, Nicole Kwiek, Suzanne S. Sikes, Myra J. Halpin, Carolyn A. Weinbaum, Lane F. Burgette, Jerome P. Reiter, and Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom

A New Higher Education Curriculum in Organic Chemistry: What Questions Should Be Asked? by David L. Lafarge, Ludovic M. Morge, and Martine M. Méheut

Graduate Education Curriculum Reform

Mentoring Graduate Students in Research and Teaching by Utilizing Research as a Template
by Christopher C. Knutson, Milton N. Jackson, Jr., Matt Beekman, Matthew E. Carnes, Darren W. Johnson, David C. Johnson, and Douglas A. Keszler

In China

Engaging in Curriculum Reform of Chinese Chemistry Graduate Education: An Example from a Photocatalysis—Principles and Applications Course
by Jiahai Ma and Rongrong Guo

Improving the Practical Education of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering Majors in Chinese Universities
by Feng-qing Zhao, Yi-feng Yu, Shao-feng Ren, Shao-jie Liu, and Xin-yu Rong

From the Archive: Teaching with LEGOs

It this issue, Ryo Horikoshi, Yoji Kobayashi, and Hiroshi Kageyama use interlocking building blocks to illustrate catalysis. In past issues, LEGOs have been used to explore a variety of topics, including:

An Exploration of the Nanoworld with LEGO Bricks by Dean J. Campbell, Josiah D. Miller, Stephen J. Bannon, and Lauren M. Obermaier

Constructing an Annotated Periodic Table Created with Interlocking Building Blocks: A National Chemistry Week Outreach Activity for All Ages
by Thomas S. Kuntzleman, Kristen N. Rohrer, Bruce W. Baldwin, Jennifer Kingsley, Charles L. Schaerer, Deborah K. Sayers, and Vivian B. West

Putting It All Together: Lab Reports and Legos (JCE Classroom Activity #37) by JCE Staff

Lego Stoichiometry (JCE Classroom Activity #53) by J. Eric Witzel

An Interlocking Building Block Activity in Writing Formulas of Ionic Compounds (JCE Classroom Activity #113)  by Kristie R. Ruddick and Abby L. Parrill

Understanding Chemical Reaction Kinetics and Equilibrium with Interlocking Building Blocks by Carrie A. Cloonan, Carolyn A. Nichol, and John S. Hutchinson

A Low-Cost Quantitative Absorption Spectrophotometer
by Daniel R. Albert, Michael A. Todt, and H. Floyd Davis
Journal of Chemical Education 2012 89 (11), 1432-1435

JCE Speaks 91 Volumes of Useful Material

With 91 volumes of the Journal of Chemical Education to explore, you will always find something useful—including all of the articles mentioned above, and many more, in the Journal of Chemical Education. Articles that are edited and published online ahead of print (ASAP—As Soon As Publishable) are also available.

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