JCE 94.07 July 2017 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education July 2017 Cover

Encouraging and Supporting Community of Effort

The July 2017 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: artificial photosynthesis; developing laboratory skills through technology; using videos to enhance learning; smartphones in the laboratory; 3D printing as a teaching resource; exploring and understanding structure; making chemistry connections; research on inquiry; from the archives: elephant's toothpaste.

On the Cover: Artificial Photosynthesis

Artificial photosynthesis is a synthetic chemical process replicating natural photosynthesis to mass produce hydrogen as a clean fuel from sunlight-driven water splitting that separates water into its constituents, elemental oxygen and hydrogen. In both natural and artificial photosynthesis, an oxygen-evolving catalyst is needed to catalyze oxygen production from water. In the laboratory experiment, Facile Method To Study Catalytic Oxygen Evolution Using a Dissolved Oxygen Optical Probe: An Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratory To Appreciate Artificial Photosynthesis, Genesis Renderos, Tawanda Aquino, Kristian Gutierrez, and Yosra M. Badiei present a simple approach for monitoring the catalytic oxygen-evolution reaction using a dissolved oxygen optical luminescent probe that can continuously measure the concentration of dissolved oxygen in aqueous solutions. The straightforward laboratory protocol allows students to relate fundamental topics such as thermodynamics, kinetics, redox and coordination chemistry, and catalysis to advances in current chemical research to help broaden their understanding of artificial photosynthesis. (Photograph courtesy of David Sullins Benson.)


Stacey Lowery Bretz examines several articles that discuss Finding No Evidence for Learning Styles.

Developing Laboratory Skills through Technology

Using Digital Badges for Developing High School Chemistry Laboratory Skills ~ Naomi Hennah and Michael K. Seery (This article is available to non-subscribers as part of ACS Editors' Choice program.)

Development, Implementation, and Assessment of General Chemistry Lab Experiments Performed in the Virtual World of Second Life ~ Kurt Winkelmann, Wendy Keeney-Kennicutt, Debra Fowler, and Maria Macik

Development and Use of Online Prelaboratory Activities in Organic Chemistry To Improve Students’ Laboratory Experience ~ Jennifer L. Chaytor, Mohammad Al Mughalaq, and Hailee Butler

Using Videos To Enhance Learning

Customized Videos on a YouTube Channel: A Beyond the Classroom Teaching and Learning Platform for General Chemistry Courses ~ Jayashree S. Ranga

Contextualizing Learning Chemistry in First-Year Undergraduate Programs: Engaging Industry-Based Videos with Real-Time Quizzing ~ Sylvia Urban, Robert Brkljača, Russell Cockman, and Trevor Rook

Adopting Lightboard for a Chemistry Flipped Classroom To Improve Technology-Enhanced Videos for Better Learner Engagement ~ Fun Man Fung

Training Students To Use 3-D Model Sets via Peer-Generated Videos Facilitates Learning of Difficult Concepts in an Introductory Organic Chemistry Course ~ Ailen A. Gillette, Samantha T. Winterrowd, and Maria T. Gallardo-Williams

Smartphones in the Laboratory

Quantifying Protein Concentrations Using Smartphone Colorimetry: A New Method for an Established Test ~ Clifford T. Gee, Eric Kehoe, William C. K. Pomerantz, and R. Lee Penn

The Sound and Feel of Titrations: A Smartphone Aid for Color-Blind and Visually Impaired Students ~ Subhajit Bandyopadhyay and Balraj B. Rathod

3D Printing as a Teaching Resource

Three-Dimensional (3D) Printers in Libraries: Perspective and Preliminary Safety Analysis ~ Neelam Bharti and Shailendra Singh

3D Printing of Molecular Models with Calculated Geometries and p Orbital Isosurfaces ~ Felix A. Carroll and David N. Blauch

Studying Electrical Conductivity Using a 3D Printed Four-Point Probe Station ~ Yang Lu, Luciano M. Santino, Shinjita Acharya, Hari Anandarajah, and Julio M. D’Arcy

Rapid Access to Multicolor Three-Dimensional Printed Chemistry and Biochemistry Models Using Visualization and Three-Dimensional Printing Software Programs ~ Ken Van Wieren, Hamel N. Tailor, Vincent F. Scalfani, and Nabyl Merbouh

Exploring and Understanding Structure

Constructing Cost-Effective Crystal Structures with Table Tennis Balls and Tape That Allows Students To Assemble and Model Multiple Unit Cells ~ Catherine Elsworth, Barbara T. Y. Li, and Abilio Ten

Building the Periodic Table Based on the Atomic Structure ~ Mikhail Kurushkin

Addition to Orbital Battleship: A Guessing Game To Reinforce Atomic Structure—Recommendations on How To Organize Game Play of Orbital Battleship ~ Mikhail Kurushkin and Maria Mikhaylenko

Improving Translational Accuracy between Dash–Wedge Diagrams and Newman Projections ~ John M. Hutchison

An Inquiry Experience with High School Students To Develop an Understanding of Intermolecular Forces by Relating Boiling Point Trends and Molecular Structure ~ Melinda Ogden

Understanding Structure: A Computer-Based Macromolecular Biochemistry Lab Activity ~ Krystle J. McLaughlin

Combining Sustainable Synthesis of a Versatile Ruthenium Dihydride Complex with Structure Determination Using Group Theory and Spectroscopy ~ Christopher Armstrong, Jennifer A. J. Burnham, and Edward E. Warminski

Implementation of picoSpin Benchtop NMR Instruments into Organic Chemistry Teaching Laboratories through Spectral Analysis of Fischer Esterification Products ~ Kasey L. Yearty, Joseph T. Sharp, Emma K. Meehan, Doyle R. Wallace, Douglas M. Jackson, and Richard W. Morrison

Molecular Modeling of an Electrophilic Addition Reaction with “Unexpected” Regiochemistry ~ Katherine T. Best, Diana Li, and Eric D. Helms

Making Chemistry Connections

Understanding Photography as Applied Chemistry: Using Talbot’s Calotype Process To Introduce Chemistry to Design Students ~ Esther S. Rösch and Silke Helmerdig

Antonio de Ulloa and the Discovery of Platinum: An Opportunity To Connect Science and History through a Postage Stamp ~ Gabriel Pinto

Are Aqueous Solutions of Amphiprotic Anions Acidic, Basic, or Neutral? A Demonstration with Common pH Indicators ~ Jervee M. Punzalan and Voltaire G. Organo

Research on Inquiry

Decentering: A Characteristic of Effective Student–Student Discourse in Inquiry-Oriented Physical Chemistry Classrooms ~ Alena Moon, Courtney Stanford, Renee Cole, and Marcy Towns

Developing Students’ Scientific Writing and Presentation Skills through Argument Driven Inquiry: An Exploratory Study ~ Pınar Seda Çetin and Gülüzar Eymur

From the Archives: Elephant's Toothpaste

The demonstration fondly known as "Elephant's Toothpaste" is a perennial favorite. This issue includes Another Twist of the Foam: An Effective Test Considering a Quantitative Approach to “Elephant’s Toothpaste” by Franco Hernando, Santiago Laperuta, Jeanine Van Kuijl, Nihuel Laurin, Federico Sacks, and Andrés Ciolino. Additional activities and demonstrations that capitalize on the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide in past issues include:

Demonstration of the Catalytic Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide ~ Alfred R. Conklin Jr. and Angela Kessinger

A Modified Demonstration of the Catalytic Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide ~ Carlos Alexander Trujillo

Using Elephant’s Toothpaste as an Engaging and Flexible Curriculum Alignment Project ~ Daniel S. Eldridge

Using a Hands-On Hydrogen Peroxide Decomposition Activity To Teach Catalysis Concepts to K–12 Students~ Viktor J. Cybulskis, Fabio H. Ribeiro, and Rajamani Gounder

Exploring the Gas Chemistry of Old Submarine Technologies Using Plastic Bottles as Reaction Vessels and Models ~ Ryo Horikoshi, Fumitaka Takeiri, Yoji Kobayashi, and Hiroshi Kageyama

Oxygen Bleach under the Microscope: Microchemical Investigation and Gas-Volumetric Analysis of a Powdered Household Product ~ Fernando S. Lopes, Alexandre L. B. Baccaro, Mauro S. F. Santos, and I. G. R. Gutz

Reactivity of Household Oxygen Bleaches: A Stepwise Laboratory Exercise in High School Chemistry Course ~ Masayoshi Nakano, Haruka Ogasawara, Takeshi Wada, and Nobuyoshi Koga

Elephant's Toothpaste at ChemEdX

Harry Potter and the Elephant Toothpaste Potion ~ Tom Kuntzleman

Chemistree Holiday ~ Deanna Cullen

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