JCE 91.06—June 2014 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education June 2014 Cover

Facilitating the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry

The June 2014 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. The June issue includes articles on using the senses and esters to teach chemistry, developing student-centered activities, introducing the periodic table with puzzles, teaching visual literacy, and exploring thermochromic materials.

Using the Senses and Esters to Teach Chemistry

In the cover article , Nikki Janssens, Lik H. Wee, and Johan A. Martens describe a simple reaction for demonstrating the use of a homogeneous catalyst in an esterification reaction and observing the catalytic process by two human senses, sight and smell.

Qing Ji, Nadia S. El-Hamdi, and Ognjen Š. Miljanić also use esters in clever combinations to make in order to teach the concepts of chemical equilibrium, distillation, transesterification, dynamic combinatorial chemistry, and the industrially relevant process of reactive distillation


In “”, Norbert Pienta (Editor-in-Chief) discusses the appropriateness of student concerns about testing and assessment and of some of the traditions in large-enrollment courses in chemistry education. Deanna Cullen responded to this editorial in her blog post

Chemical Education Research

by Daniel T. Pyburn and Samuel Pazicni

by Abdi-Rizak M. Warfa, Gillian H. Roehrig, Jamie L. Schneider, and James Nyachwaya

by Scott E. Lewis

Covalent Bond Classification Method

by Malcolm L. H. Green and Gerard Parkin

Student-Centered Activities

by Sheila Ryan and Deborah G. Herrington

by Joseph W. Ochterski

by Rihab F. Angawi

Puzzles and Games to Introduce the Periodic Table

by Sushama D. Joag

by Vicente Martí-Centelles and Jenifer Rubio-Magnieto

by Luis F. Moreno, Gina Hincapié, and María Victoria Alzate

Physical Chemistry


by Evguenii I. Kozliak

by Lionel M. Raff

by David A. Cleary

Quantum Mechanics

by Yingbin Ge, Robert C. Rittenhouse, Jacob C. Buchanan, and Benjamin Livingston

Phase Diagrams

by Xinhua Xu, Xiaogang Wang, and Meifen Wu

by Pierre Tomasini

Analytical Chemistry in the Laboratory

by Alfred Conklin, Jr., Michael J. Goldcamp, and Jacob Barrett

by Seng Set and Masakazu Kita

by Christopher Scanlon, Zewdu Gebeyehu, Kameron Griffin, and Rajeev B. Dabke

by Paul A. E. Piunno, Adrian Zetina, Norman Chu, Anthony J. Tavares, M. Omair Noor, Eleonora Petryayeva, Uvaraj Uddayasankar, and Andrew Veglio

by Ashley E. Augspurger, Anthony S. Stender, Kyle Marchuk, Thomas J. Greenbowe, and Ning Fang

by Mark F. Harris and Jennifer L. Logan


by Frédéric Castet, Raphaël Méreau, and Daniel Liotard

by Theint Aung and Charles A. Liberko

Visual Literacy

by Kimberly J. Linenberger and Thomas A. Holme

byJoseph M. Hayes

by Andrew G. Karatjas

From the Archives: Exploring Thermochromic Materials

This issue contains two articles that explore thermochromic materials:

by Vu D. Nguyen and Kurt R. Birdwhistell

by Kelsey Costello, Kevin Thinh Doan, Kari Lynn Organtini, John Wilson, Morgan Boyer, Greglynn Gibbs, and Lorena Tribe.

The thermochromism of cobalt chloride can be further studied using a as described by Fumitaka Wakabayashi, Kiyohito Hamada, and Kozo Sone.

Other articles exploring thermochromic commercial materials in past issues include:

by Dean J. Campbell, Wayne B. Bosma, Stephen J. Bannon, Molly M. Gunter, and Margaret K. Hammar

by Ivan P. Parkin and Troy D. Manning

by Mary Anne White and Monique LeBlanc

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