JCE 94.06 June 2017 Issue Highlights

JCE June 2017 Cover

Engaging Participation and Promoting Active Learning

The June 2017 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: materials science and nanotechnology laboratories, promoting active learning, catalysis and kinetics, blue bottle reaction, cost-effective instrumentation, resources for teaching, from the archive: anchoring concept content maps.

Cover: Properties of Semiconductors

ZnO nanorods grown on conducting glass (upper left) can serve as an experimental introduction to crystal orientation (background scanning electron microscopy image and upper-right powder X-ray diffraction scan) and to semiconductor properties. When light excites electrons into the conduction band, changes occur: the change in photoelectrochemical current in the presence of UV light is shown center right; the large difference in resistance of the sample with and without illumination is shown lower right; the band edge in the absorption spectrum is shown center left; and the decolorization of methylene blue is shown lower left. For further details see the laboratory experiment, Properties of Semiconductors: Synthesis of Oriented ZnO for Photoelectrochemistry and Photoremediation, by Emma Koenig, Ari Jacobs, and George Lisensky.

For additional materials science and nanotechnology laboratories in this issue see:

Controlled Synthesis of Nanomaterials at the Undergraduate Laboratory: Cu(OH)2 and CuO Nanowires ~ Anderson G. M. da Silva, Thenner S. Rodrigues, André L. A. Parussulo, Eduardo G. Candido, Rafael S. Geonmonond, Hermi F. Brito, Henrique E. Toma, and Pedro H. C. Camargo

Measurement of Chlorophyll Loss Due to Phytoremediation of Ag Nanoparticles in the First-Year Laboratory ~ Kurt Winkelmann, Leonard Bernas, Brendan Swiger, and Shannon Brown

Printing Silver Nanogrids on Glass ~ Wesley C. Sanders, Ron Valcarce, Peter Iles, James S. Smith, Gabe Glass, Jesus Gomez, Glen Johnson, Dan Johnston, Maclaine Morham, Elliot Befus, Aimee Oz, and Mohammad Tomaraei

Graphene Oxide as Mine of Knowledge: Using Graphene Oxide To Teach Undergraduate Students Core Chemistry and Nanotechnology Concepts ~ Izabela Kondratowicz and Kamila Żelechowska

Introducing Students to Surface Modification and Phase Transfer of Nanoparticles with a Laboratory Experiment ~ Alaaldin M. Alkilany, Sara Mansour, Hamza M. Amro, Beatriz Pelaz, Mahmoud G. Soliman, Joshua G. Hinman, Jordan M. Dennison, Wolfgang J. Parak, and Catherine J. Murphy

Exploring the Fundamentals of Microreactor Technology with Multidisciplinary Lab Experiments Combining the Synthesis and Characterization of Inorganic Nanoparticles ~ Noémie Emmanuel, Gauthier Emonds-Alt, Marjorie Lismont, Gauthier Eppe, and Jean-Christophe M. Monbaliu

Synthesis and Characterization of Zeolite Na–Y and Its Conversion to the Solid Acid Zeolite H–Y ~Terence E. Warner, Mads Galsgaard Klokker, and Ulla Gro Nielsen

Promoting Active Learning

Group Intelligence: An Active Learning Exploration of Diversity in Evolution ~ Christopher J. Parsons, Meisa K. Salaita, Catherine H. Hughes, David G. Lynn, Adam Fristoe, Ariel Fristoe, and Martha A. Grover (This article is available to non-subscribers as part of ACS AuthorChoice open access program.)

Engaging Participation and Promoting Active Learning through Student Usage of the Internet To Create Notes for General Chemistry in Class ~ Renee Monica Henry

Using Undergraduate Facilitators for Active Learning in Organic Chemistry: A Preparation Course and Outcomes of the Experience ~ Hannah E. Jardine and Lee A. Friedman

Cultivating Advanced Technical Writing Skills through a Graduate-Level Course on Writing Research Proposals ~ Brian D. McCarthy and Jillian L. Dempsey

Catalysis and Kinetics

Heterogeneous Catalysis with Renewed Attention: Principles, Theories, and Concepts ~ Franck Dumeignil, Jean-François Paul, and Sébastien Paul

Show Yourself, Asparaginase: An Enzymatic Reaction Explained through a Hands-On Interactive Activity ~ Josell Ramirez-Paz, Bonny M. Ortiz-Andrade, Kai Griebenow, and Liz Díaz-Vázquez

Bioelectroanalysis in a Drop: Construction of a Glucose Biosensor ~ O. Amor-Gutiérrez, E. C. Rama, M. T. Fernández-Abedul, and A. Costa-García

Lipase-Mediated Kinetic Resolution: An Introductory Approach to Practical Biocatalysis ~ Pamela T. Bandeira, Juliana C. Thomas, Alfredo R. M. de Oliveira, and Leandro Piovan

Enzyme Kinetics Experiment with the Multienzyme Complex Viscozyme L and Two Substrates for the Accurate Determination of Michaelian Parameters ~ Nelson Pérez Guerra

Synthesis of Dichlorophosphinenickel(II) Compounds and Their Catalytic Activity in Suzuki Cross-Coupling Reactions: A Simple Air-Free Experiment for Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory ~ Todsapon Thananatthanachon and Michelle R. Lecklider

Oxorhenium Complexes for Catalytic Hydrosilylation and Hydrolytic Hydrogen Production: A Multiweek Advanced Laboratory Experiment for Undergraduate Students ~ A. Ison, E. A. Ison, and C. M. Perry

Linear or Nonlinear Least-Squares Analysis of Kinetic Data? ~ Charles L. Perrin

Agreement, Complement, and Disagreement to “Why Are Some Reactions Slower at Higher Temperatures?” ~ Yingbin Ge

Blue Bottle Reaction

Blue Bottle Experiment: Learning Chemistry without Knowing the Chemicals ~ Taweetham Limpanuparb, Cherprang Areekul, Punchalee Montriwat, and Urawadee Rajchakit (See Erica Jacobsen's Especially JCE: June 2017 for a discussion of this article.)

Direct Visualization of Scale-Up Effects on the Mass Transfer Coefficient through the “Blue Bottle” Reaction ~ Patrick M. Piccione, Adamu Abubakar Rasheed, Andrew Quarmby, and Davide Dionisi

Cost-Effective Instrumentation

Inexpensive Miniature Programmable Magnetic Stirrer from Reconfigured Computer Parts ~ Conan Mercer and Dónal Leech

An Easily-Assembled Soxhlet Extractor to Demonstrate Continuous Extraction ~ Kevin M. Jones, Iain A. Smellie, and Iain L. J. Patterson

Resources for Teaching

pKa Values in the Undergraduate Curriculum: What Is the Real pKa of Water? ~ Todd P. Silverstein and Stephen T. Heller

A Python Program for Solving Schrödinger’s Equation in Undergraduate Physical Chemistry ~ Matthew N. Srnec, Shiv Upadhyay, and Jeffry D. Madura

From the Archive: Anchoring Concept Content Maps

This issue features a Comment on “Analyzing the Role of Science Practices in ACS Exam Items” by James T. Laverty, Sonia M. Underwood, Rebecca L. Matz, Lynmarie A. Posey, Justin H. Carmel, Marcos D. Caballero, Cori L. Fata-Hartley, Diane Ebert-May, Sarah E. Jardeleza, and Melanie M. Cooper. This letter is in reference to the article (available open access) Analyzing the Role of Science Practices in ACS Exam Items by Jessica J. Reed, Alexandra R. Brandriet, and Thomas A. Holme. This article was also recently discussed at the ChemEdX Conference, Chemistry Instruction for the Next Generation. Additional seminal work by Tom Holme and co-workers is the development of the Anchoring Concepts Content Maps as developed in the following articles:

Building the ACS Exams Anchoring Concept Content Map for Undergraduate Chemistry ~ Kristen Murphy, Thomas Holme, April Zenisky, Heather Caruthers, and Karen Knaus

The ACS Exams Institute Undergraduate Chemistry Anchoring Concepts Content Map I: General Chemistry ~ Thomas Holme and Kristen Murphy

Updating the General Chemistry Anchoring Concepts Content Map ~ Thomas Holme, Cynthia Luxford, and Kristen Murphy

The ACS Exams Institute Undergraduate Chemistry Anchoring Concepts Content Map II: Organic Chemistry ~ Jeffrey Raker, Thomas Holme, and Kristen Murphy

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