JCE 91.05—May 2014 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education May 2014 Cover

Bringing Together Chemistry Educators

The May 2014 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is available online to subscribers.


The photochemical decomposition of aryldiazonium salts is the basis of the “diazo printing” technique (or “whiteprint”), used to reproduce technical drawings. In the article, Fear of the Dark: Diazo Printing by Photochemical Decomposition of Aryldiazonium Tetrafluoroborates, Fabio Parmeggiani describes a version of this technique that uses a recent, much less toxic synthetic method to create photosensitive paper that can be printed by exposure to UV light through a suitable template, and developed using ammonia. With the three couplers suggested in the article, it is possible to obtain prints in dark yellow, red, and purple, as shown on the cover.


Thomas C. Pentecost and Sherril Soman discuss the upcoming 23rd Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in Chemistry Education and Green Chemistry on the Third Coast .


Donald J. Wink provides clarity about the pedagogical and philosophical aspects of constructivism in Constructivist Frameworks in Chemistry Education and the Problem of the “Thumb in the Eye”.

Chemical Education Research

Evaluating the Content and Response Process Validity of Data from the Chemical Concepts Inventory
by Paul Schwartz and Jack Barbera.

Measuring Load on Working Memory: The Use of Heart Rate as a Means of Measuring Chemistry Students’ Cognitive Load
by Kristen N. Cranford, Jessica M. Tiettmeyer, Bryan C. Chuprinko, Sophia Jordan, and Nathaniel P. Grove.

Improving Students’ Laboratory and Research Skills

Using Structured Chemistry Examinations (SChemEs) As an Assessment Method To Improve Undergraduate Students’ Generic, Practical, and Laboratory-Based Skills by
Stewart B. Kirton, Abdullah Al-Ahmad, and Suzanne Fergus

The Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory: A Student Team Approach to the Fourth-Year Research Thesis Project Experience
by Paul A. E. Piunno, Cleo Boyd, Virginijus Barzda, Claudiu C. Gradinaru, Ulrich J. Krull, Sasa Stefanovic, and Bryan Stewart

Promoting Undergraduate STEM Education at a Historically Black College and University through Research Experience
by Sayo O. Fakayode, Mamudu Yakubu, Olasumbo M. Adeyeye, David A. Pollard, and Abdul K. Mohammed

Aiding Student Understanding Using Technology and Multimedia

Visualizing Dispersion Interactions by Elinor Gottschalk and Bhawani Venkataraman

Using Audience Response Systems during Interactive Lectures To Promote Active Learning and Conceptual Understanding of Stoichiometry
by Sandra Cotes and José Cotuá

Use of Screen Capture To Produce Media for Organic Chemistry
by John G. D’Angelo

Eliciting Student Explanations of Experimental Results Using an Online Discussion Board
by Ginger V. Shultz, Grace A. Winschel, Ronald C. Inglehart, and Brian P. Coppola

An Almost Paperless Organic Chemistry Course with the Use of iPadsAaron W. Amick and Nancy Cross
Journal of Chemical Education 2014 91 (5), 753-756

Engaging Student Interest

Using Product Content Labels To Engage Students in Learning Chemical Nomenclature
by M. Araceli Calvo Pascual

Observations on Manganese Dioxide As a Catalyst in the Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide: A Safer Demonstration
by John J. Dolhun

Anodizing and Coloring Aluminum Alloys
by Craig J. Donahue and Jennifer A. Exline

Silver on the Nanoscale

Shining Light on Nanochemistry Using Silver Nanoparticle-Enhanced Luminol Chemiluminescence
by Guido Panzarasa

From Coinage Metal to Luminescent Nanodots: The Impact of Size on Silver’s Optical Properties by Junhua Yu

Characterization of Micro- and Nanoscale Silver Wires Synthesized Using a Single-Replacement Reaction between Sputtered Copper Metal and Dilute Silver Nitrate Solutions
by Wesley C. Sanders and co-workers

Organic and Biochemistry in the Laboratory

Undergraduate Laboratory Experiment To Determine Absolute Configuration Using Thin-Layer Chromatography
by Alexander J. Wagner, Shawn M. Miller, Steven Nguyen, Ga Young Lee, Scott D. Rychnovsky, and Renée D. Link

Exploring the Wittig Reaction: A Collaborative Guided-Inquiry Experiment for the Organic Chemistry Laboratory
by James A. MacKay and Nicholas R. Wetzel

Characterizing Carbonyls with Infrared Spectroscopy: An Introductory Chemistry Experiment in a Molecular Bioscience Program
by James P. McEvoy

Spectroscopic Characterization of Amyloid Fibril Formation by Lysozyme
by Jeffrey K. Myers

NMR in the Laboratory

Exploring the Hydrolysis of Sucrose by Invertase Using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy: A Flexible Package of Kinetic Experiments
by Joanne D. Kehlbeck, Clancy C. Slack, Marilyn T. Turnbull, and Susan J. Kohler

Expansion of the Classic Acetylacetone Physical Chemistry Laboratory NMR Experiment: Correlation of the Enol–Keto Equilibrium Position with the Solvent Dipole Moment
by Peter Olaf Sandusky

Proton NMR Analysis of Heat Exchange Fluids Containing Ethylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, and Water: A Real-World Experiment for the Analytical Laboratory
by Brian R. Dauner and David L. Pringle

Teaching Electronics by Using Arduino 

Construction of a Photometer as an Instructional Tool for Electronics and Instrumentation
by Robert L. McClain

Open-Source Electronics As a Technological Aid in Chemical Education
by Pawel L. Urban

From the Archives: Teaching with Toys

The May issue contains the article Application of the Second Law of Thermodynamics To Explain the Working of Toys by Erick Castellón.
 A few of the many articles in past issues of JCE on teaching chemistry using toys include:

Toys in the Classroom by Arlyne. M. (Mickey) Sarquis and Jerry L. Sarquis

JCE Classroom Activity: Memory Metal by JCE staff

Toys in the Chemistry Classroom by Gene R. Ziegler

What's Gluep? Characterizing a Cross-Linked Polymer by JCE staff

Sink or Swim: The Cartesian Diver by K. David Pinkerton

For an extensive list of materials in JCE on teaching with toys, see:

JCE Resources for Chemistry and Toys by Erica K. Jacobsen

What do we seek through thousands of pages of JCE?

With thousands of pages 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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