JCE 94.01 January 2017 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education January 2017

Ringing in Volume 94

The January 2017 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: NMR spectroscopy; examining assessment; inquiry-based practices; cost-effective instrumentation; miscibility demonstrations; innovative laboratory experiments; from the archives: lightsticks.


To kick off the new volume, Editor-in-Chief Norbert J. Pienta muses on How To Make a Journal Better.

Cover: NMR Spectroscopy

Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy plays an integral role in the chemistry curriculum, spanning theory, concepts, and experimentation; it is imperative that the instruction methods for NMR are both efficient and effective. The cover features the laboratory experiment, Rapid Determination of Enantiomeric Excess via NMR Spectroscopy: A Research-Informed Experiment. John S. Fossey, Eric V. Anslyn, William D. G. Brittain, Steven D. Bull, Brette M. Chapin, Cécile S. Le Duff, Tony D. James, Glenn Lees, Stephanie Lim, Jennifer A. C. Lloyd, Charles V. Manville, Daniel T. Payne, and Kimberley A. Roper describe an experiment that exploits chiral supramolecular assemblies for the determination of enantiomeric excess by 1H NMR spectroscopy.  (This article is available to non-subscribers as part of ACS’s AuthorChoice program.)

Other laboratories that use NMR in this issue include:

Introducing Students to NMR Methods Using Low-Field 1H NMR Spectroscopy to Determine the Structure and the Identity of Natural Amino Acids ~ Aleksandra Zivkovic, Jan Josef Bandolik, Alexander Jan Skerhut, Christina Coesfeld, Nenad Zivkovic, Miomir Raos, and Holger Stark

Quantitative Analysis of Multicomponent Mixtures of Over-the-Counter Pain Killer Drugs by Low-Field NMR Spectroscopy ~ Aleksandra Zivkovic, Jan Josef Bandolik, Alexander Jan Skerhut, Christina Coesfeld, Momir Prascevic, Ljiljana Zivkovic, and Holger Stark

Using Esters To Introduce Paradigms of Spin–Spin Coupling ~ Kyle T. Smith and Christian S. Hamann

Ideas about using NMR in the high school classroom is discussed in:

Bringing NMR and IR Spectroscopy to High Schools ~ Jessica L. Bonjour, Alisa L. Hass, David W. Pollock, Aaron Huebner, and John A. Frost

Research on how students understand NMR is examined in:

NMR Spectra through the Eyes of a Student: Eye Tracking Applied to NMR Items ~ Joseph J. Topczewski, Anna M. Topczewski, Hui Tang, Lisa K. Kendhammer, and Norbert J. Pienta

Examining Assessement

Analyzing the Role of Science Practices in ACS Exam Items ~ Jessica J. Reed, Alexandra R. Brandriet, Thomas A. Holme; this article is available to non-subscribers as part of ACS’s Editors’ Choice program.

Choice of Study Resources in General Chemistry by Students Who Have Little Time To Study ~ Diane M. Bunce, Regis Komperda, Debra K. Dillner, Shirley Lin, Maria J. Schroeder, and JudithAnn R. Hartman

Inquiry-Based Practices

Characterizing Teaching Assistants’ Knowledge and Beliefs Following Professional Development Activities within an Inquiry-Based General Chemistry Context ~ Lindsay B. Wheeler, Jennifer L. Maeng, and Brooke A. Whitworth

Developing and Supporting Students’ Autonomy To Plan, Perform, and Interpret Inquiry-Based Biochemistry Experiments ~ Thanuci Silva and Eduardo Galembeck

Using Computational Visualizations of the Charge Density To Guide First-Year Chemistry Students through the Chemical Bond ~ Jonathan Miorelli, Allison Caster, and Mark E. Eberhart

Cost-Effective Instrumentation

An Inexpensive Programmable Dual-Syringe Pump for the Chemistry Laboratory ~ Mark S. Cubberley and William A. Hess

Authentic Performance in the Instrumental Analysis Laboratory: Building a Visible Spectrophotometer Prototype ~ Mark V. Wilson and Erin Wilson

Simple and Inexpensive 3D Printed Filter Fluorometer Designs: User-Friendly Instrument Models for Laboratory Learning and Outreach Activities ~ Lon A. Porter, Jr., Cole A. Chapman, and Jacob A. Alaniz

Miscibility Demonstrations

Partially Miscible Water–Triethylamine Solutions and Their Temperature Dependence ~ Johan P. Erikson

For some miscibility video demonstrations available at ChemEdX see:

Chemical Mystery #5: How to burn water ~ Tom Kuntzleman

Like Dissolves Like - Demonstration ~ ChemEdX video collection

Innovative Laboratory Experiments

Magnetic Microorganisms: Using Chemically Functionalized Magnetic Nanoparticles To Observe and Control Paramecia ~ Lynn M. Tarkington, William W. Bryan, Tejas Kolhatkar, Nathanael J. Markle, Elizabeth A. Raska, Michael M. Cubacub, Supparesk Rittikulsittichai, Chien-Hung Li, Yi-Ting Chen, Andrew C. Jamison, and T. Randall Lee

Synthesizing and Characterizing Mesoporous Silica SBA-15: A Hands-On Laboratory Experiment for Undergraduates Using Various Instrumental Techniques ~ Emma M. Björk

Simultaneous Introduction of Redox and Coordination Chemistry Concepts in a Single Laboratory Experiment ~ Philip J. Ferko, Jeffrey R. Withers, Hung Nguyen, Joshua Ema, Tim Ema, Charles Allison, Christian Dornhoefer, Nigam P. Rath, and Stephen M. Holmes

Two-Photon Absorption Spectroscopy on Curcumin in Solution: A State-of-the-Art Physical Chemistry Experiment ~ Julie Donnelly and Florencio E. Hernandez

Improving Student Results in the Crystal Violet Chemical Kinetics Experiment ~ Nathanael Kazmierczak and Douglas A. Vander Griend

From the Archives: Lightsticks

Peroxyoxalate chemiluminescence reactions in lightsticks are perennially popular in JCE. This issue is no exception, where Iain A. Smellie, Joanna K. D Aldred (née Prentis), Benjamin Bower, Amber Cochrane, Laurie Macfarlane, Hollie B. McCarron, Roxana O’Hara, Iain L. J. Patterson, Marie I. Thomson, and Jessica M. Walker discuss Alternative Hydrogen Peroxide Sources for Peroxyoxalate “Glowstick” Chemiluminescence Demonstrations.

Some past JCE laboratories and demonstrations using glowsticks include:

"Cool-Light" Chemiluminescence ~ Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, Lloyd G. Williams, Glen E. Dirreen, and Ann Francis

The Chemistry of Lightsticks: Demonstrations To Illustrate Chemical Processes ~ Thomas Scott Kuntzleman, Kristen Rohrer, and Emeric Schultz

Glowmatography ~ Thomas S. Kuntzleman, Anna E. Comfort, and Bruce W. Baldwin

The Effects of Temperature on Lightsticks ~ JCE Staff

Lightstick Kinetics ~ Catherine L. McCluskey and Charles E. Roser

Lightstick Magic: Determination of the Activation Energy with PSL ~ Thomas H. Bindel

Demonstrating the Antioxidative Capacity of Substances with Lightsticks ~ Robert R. Wieczorek and Katrin Sommer

A Thousand Reasons to Explore JCE

With over 1,000 issues of the Journal of Chemical Education to examine, you will always find something useful—including 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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