JCE 93.04 April 2016 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education April 2016 Cover

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day

The April 2016 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. In honor of Earth Day 2016, the April issue includes a variety of content that provides ideas and suggestions for bringing environmental chemistry to students on the topics of: water quality; climate science and greenhouse gases; atmospheric chemistry; sustainability, green chemistry, and environmental awareness; and energy storage technology. Also in the issue are articles on: outreach and public understanding; teaching organic chemistry; physical chemistry; exploring biochemistry with proteins; research experiences in the laboratory; educational resources.

Environmental Chemistry

Cover: Earth Day

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day is an ACS annual event that seeks to bring international focus to environmental topics, such as clean air, water, and energy, to illustrate the positive role chemistry plays in understanding and preserving the Earth. Environmental chemistry engages students of all levels in learning new chemistry concepts by relating chemistry to their daily lives as well as heightening awareness of environmental issues. (Image of the Earth straddling the limb of the Moon taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera is used with permission: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University.)

Water Quality

Editorial ~ Jerald L. Schnoor, professor of engineering at The University of Iowa and former Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science & Technology, strongly encourages the recognition that aging water infrastructure, particularly lead pipes, solder, and faucets, represents a community health hazard of enduring significance.

A Multidisciplinary Science Summer Camp for Students with Emphasis on Environmental and Analytical Chemistry ~ Gunnar Schwarz, Wolfgang Frenzel, Wolfgang M. Richter, Lothar Täuscher, and Georg Kubsch

Development and Implementation of a Simple, Engaging Acid Rain Neutralization Experiment and Corresponding Animated Instructional Video for Introductory Chemistry Students ~Danielle Rand, Craig J. Yennie, Patrick Lynch, Gregory Lowry, James Budarz, Wenlei Zhu, and Li-Qiong Wang

Introducing Students to Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry Analysis and Determination of Kerosene Components in a Complex Mixture ~ Giselle Mae M. Pacot, Lyn May Lee, Sung-Tong Chin, and Philip J. Marriott

Determination of Arsenic in Sinus Wash and Tap Water by Inductively Coupled Plasma–Mass Spectrometry ~ Anna M. Donnell, Keaton Nahan, Dawone Holloway, and Anne P. Vonderheide

Climate Science & Greenhouse Gases

Designing and Demonstrating a Master Student Project To Explore Carbon Dioxide Capture Technology ~ Florine Asherman, Gilles Cabot, Cyril Crua, Lionel Estel, Charlotte Gagnepain, Thibault Lecerf, Alain Ledoux, Sébastien Leveneur, Marie Lucereau, Sarah Maucorps, Mélanie Ragot, Julie Syrykh, and Manon Vige

CO2 Investigations: An Open Inquiry Experiment for General Chemistry ~ Roland P. Stout

Ocean Acidification: Investigation and Presentation of the Effects of Elevated Carbon Dioxide Levels on Seawater Chemistry and Calcareous Organisms ~ Jeffrey M. Buth

Updating a Student-Generated Ice-Core Data Plot Exercise for Courses Investigating Climate Change Topics ~ Edward Maslowsky Jr.

Atmospheric Chemistry

Investigating Freezing Point Depression and Cirrus Cloud Nucleation Mechanisms Using a Differential Scanning Calorimeter ~ Kentaro Y. Bodzewski, Ryan L. Caylor, Ashley M. Comstock, Austin T. Hadley, Felisha M. Imholt, Kory D. Kirwan, Kira S. Oyama, and Matthew E. Wise

Measuring Heterogeneous Reaction Rates with ATR-FTIR Spectroscopy To Evaluate Chemical Fates in an Atmospheric Environment: A Physical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry Laboratory Experiment ~ Jason E. Roberts, Guang Zeng, Marta K Maron, Mindy Mach, Iman Dwebi, and Yong Liu

Sustainability, Green Chemistry, & Environmental Awareness

Incorporating Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment into First-Year Inorganic Chemistry Major Laboratories ~ Marta Guron, Jared J. Paul, and Margaret H. Roeder

Design of a Dynamic Undergraduate Green Chemistry Course ~ Sarah A. Kennedy

Exploring Green Chemistry Metrics with Interlocking Building Block Molecular Models ~ Reuben Hudson, Daniel Leaman, Kiana E. Kawamura, Kristin N. Esdale, Samuel Glaisher, Alexandra Bishop, and Jeffrey L. Katz

Using a Carbide Lantern To Illustrate General Chemistry Concepts and Introduce Students to Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining ~ Garland L. Crawford and Adam M. Kiefer

Flotation of Mineral and Dyes: A Laboratory Experiment for Separation Method Molecular Hitchhikers ~ Tim Rappon, Jarrett A. Sylvestre, and Manit Rappon

Energy Storage Technology

Experiments To Illustrate the Chemistry and Bouncing Ability of Fresh and Spent Zinc–Manganese Oxide Alkaline Batteries ~ Johnathon M. Hall, John R. Amend, and Thomas S. Kuntzleman

“Can” You Really Make a Battery Out of That? ~ Michael A. Parkes, Thomas Chen, Billy Wu, Vladimir Yufit, and Gregory J. Offer

Discovering Inexpensive, Effective Catalysts for Solar Energy Conversion: An Authentic Research Laboratory Experience ~ Sarah E. Shaner, Paul D. Hooker, Anne-Marie Nickel, Amanda R. Leichtfuss, Carissa S. Adams, Dionisia de la Cerda, Yuqi She, James B. Gerken, Ravi Pokhrel, Nicholas J. Ambrose, David Khaliqi, Shannon S. Stahl, and Jennifer D. Schuttlefield Christus

A Biphasic Ligand Exchange Reaction on CdSe Nanoparticles: Introducing Undergraduates to Functionalizing Nanoparticles for Solar Cells ~ Jennifer M. Zemke and Justin Franz

Outreach and Public Understanding

Demonstration Show That Promotes and Assesses Conceptual Understanding Using the Structure of Drama ~ Holly Walter Kerby, Brittland K. DeKorver, Joanne Cantor, Marcia J. Weiland, and Christopher L. Babiarz

OCTET and BIOTEC: A Model of a Summer Intensive Camp Designed To Cultivate the Future Generation of Young Leaders in STEM ~ Julie Donnelly, Carlos Diaz, and Florencio E. Hernandez

Teaching Organic Chemistry

Chemical Education Research Strategies of Successful Synthesis Solutions: Mapping, Mechanisms, and More ~ Nicholas E. Bodé and Alison B. Flynn (This article is available for free through the ACS Editors’ Choice program.)


A Simple Card Game To Teach Synthesis in Organic Chemistry Courses ~ Steven C. Farmer and Molly K. Schuman

Introducing 2D NMR Spectroscopy to Second-Year Undergraduate Chemistry Majors Using a Building-Up Approach ~ Amelia M. Anderson-Wile


Aza-Michael Reaction for an Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratory ~ Manisha Nigam, Brittney Rush, Jay Patel, Raul Castillo, and Preeti Dhar

Introducing Aliphatic Substitution with a Discovery Experiment Using Competing Electrophiles ~ Timothy P. Curran, Amelia J. Mostovoy, Margaret E. Curran, and Clara Berger

Measuring Structural and Electronic Effects on Keto–Enol Equilibrium in 1,3-Dicarbonyl Compounds ~ Kyle T. Smith, Sherri C. Young, James W. DeBlasio, and Christian S. Hamann

Physical Chemistry

A Quantum Chemistry Concept Inventory for Physical Chemistry Classes ~ Marilu Dick-Perez, Cynthia J. Luxford, Theresa L. Windus, and Thomas Holme

Solving Simple Kinetics without Integrals ~ Lisandro Hernández de la Peña

Working toward a Paperless Undergraduate Physical Chemistry Teaching Laboratory ~ Jason D. Weibel

Exploring Biochemistry with Proteins

A Two-Week Guided Inquiry Protein Separation and Detection Experiment for Undergraduate Biochemistry ~ James P. Carolan and Kathleen V. Nolta

Utilizing Unnatural Amino Acids To Illustrate Protein Structure–Function Relationships: An Experiment Designed for an Undergraduate Biochemistry Laboratory ~ Johnathan C. Maza, Jordan K. Villa, Lisa M. Landino, and Douglas D. Young

Peptide Mass Fingerprinting of Egg White Proteins ~ Lisa T. Alty and Frederick J. LaRiviere

A Biochemistry Question-Guided Derivation of a Potential Mechanism for HbA1c Formation in Diabetes Mellitus Leading to a Data-Driven Clinical Diagnosis ~ Bomina Park, Robert W. Holman, Tyler Slade, Margaret Murdock, Kenneth J. Rodnick, and Arthur L. M. Swislocki

Research Experiences in the Laboratory

Synthesis of Copper(I) Oxide Particles with Variable Color: Demonstrating Size-Dependent Optical Properties for High School Students ~ Natalia E. Markina, Mikhail V. Pozharov, and Alexey V. Markin

An Exploration of the “Sweet Nanochemistry” Synthesis for Silver and Gold Colloids ~ Paulien Van fraeyenhoven, Natasja Glorie, Natalie Chiaverini, and Tom Mortier

Incorporating Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences into Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Curricula ~ Melissa A. Kerr and Fei Yan

Bridging the Gap between Instructional and Research Laboratories: Teaching Data Analysis Software Skills through the Manipulation of Original Research Data ~ Sarah J.R. Hansen, Jieling Zhu, Jessica M. Karch, Cristina M. Sorrento, Joseph C. Ulichny, and Laura J. Kaufman

Educational Resources

Commentary What’s in a Name? Amount of Substance, Chemical Amount, and Stoichiometric Amount ~ Carmen J. Giunta

Using ChemDuino, Excel, and PowerPoint as Tools for Real-Time Measurement Representation in Class ~ Malte Walkowiak and Andreas Nehring

Mining the Archives: Chemistry and Camp

Several articles in this issue discuss the appeal of teaching chemistry in a camp setting and there have been a number of posts on ChemEdX about camps, including Chemistry Summer Camp by Dan Myers. Here are some more “camp” articles from past JCE issues:

Addressing the STEM Gender Gap by Designing and Implementing an Educational Outreach Chemistry Camp for Middle School Girls~ Mindy Levine, Nicole Serio, Bhasker Radaram, Sauradip Chaudhuri, and William Talbert

Graduate Student Outreach: Model of a One-Day “Chemistry Camp” for Elementary School Students~Joseph D. Houck, Natalie K. Machamer, and Karla A. Erickson

Offering a Forensic Science Camp To Introduce and Engage High School Students in Interdisciplinary Science Topics ~ Linda Ahrenkiel and Martin Worm-Leonhard

Canisius College Summer Science Camp: Combining Science and Education Experts To Increase Middle School Students’ Interest in Science ~ Phillip M. Sheridan, Steven H. Szczepankiewicz, Christopher R. Mekelburg, and Kara M. Schwabel

Adventures in Coaching Young Chemists ~ Thomas S. Kuntzleman and Bruce W. Baldwin

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