JCE 95.07 July 2018 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education July 2018 Cover

Innovation and Scholarship

The July 2018 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: connecting art and energy, solar cells, examining organic chemistry students’ understandings, computer-based learning, molecular symmetry and visualization, inquiry-based learning, safety management, biochemistry, watching the archive: chemistry goes to the movies.

Cover: Connecting Art and Energy

The solar energy received on Earth is more than enough to renewably power the entire world's energy demand today. To help accelerate capture of this energy, luminescent solar concentrators (LSC) are being developed to reduce the cost and improve the aesthetics of solar harvesting systems. In Luminescent Solar Concentrator Paintings: Connecting Art and Energy, Alexander Renny, Chenchen Yang, Rebecca Anthony, and Richard R. Lunt present a demonstration that introduces students to the concepts of solar energy and LSC by turning artwork into electricity-generating solar concentrators. Students design LSC devices by painting newly developed colorful luminescent paints on plastic waveguides, where solar cell strips are mounted around the edges of the LSC paintings to convert the glowing light from the paint into electrical power. As shown on the cover, the glow of the luminescent dyes is guided to the concentrator edges by total internal reflection, where different glowing colors from each part of the luminescent painting can be seen around the edges in the four panels when different parts of the painting are illuminated. This demonstration captivates students by showing the creativity and beauty that can be inherent in the development of solar energy materials and devices.

For additional experiments with solar cells in this issue, see:

Visual Observation and Practical Application of Dye Sensitized Solar Cells in High School Energy Education ~ Sen-I Chien, Chaochin Su, Chin-Cheng Chou, and Wen-Ren Li

Using an Open-Source Microcontroller and a Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell To Guide Students from Basic Principles to a Practical Application ~ P. Enciso, L. Luzuriaga, and S. Botasini

An Integrated, Multipart Experiment: Synthesis, Characterization, and Application of CdS and CdSe Quantum Dots as Sensitizers in Solar Cells ~ Christina A. Bauer, Terianne Y. Hamada, Hyesoo Kim, Mathew R. Johnson, Matthew J. Voegtle, and Matthew S. Emrick

For additional articles on art and chemistry in this issue, see:

Production of Colorful Aluminum Keepsakes and Gas Sensing Smart Materials: Anodizing, Dyeing, and Etching Small Aluminum Parts on a Budget ~ George N. Harakas

Teaching Polymer Chemistry through Cultural Heritage ~ Jocelyn Alcantara-Garcia and Rebecca Ploeger

Differential Scanning Calorimetry for Art Conservation Graduate Students: A Practical Laboratory Exercise Using Polymer Blends ~ Rebecca Ploeger

Editorial: Graduate Education Reform

Michael Ashby and Michelle Maher discuss graduate education reform in a guest editorial this month.

Examining Organic Chemistry Students’ Understandings

“It’s Only the Major Product That We Care About in Organic Chemistry”: An Analysis of Students’ Annotations of Reaction Coordinate Diagrams ~ Maia Popova and Stacey Lowery Bretz (available to non-subscribers as part of ACS Editors’ Choice program)

Organic Chemistry Students’ Understandings of What Makes a Good Leaving Group ~ Maia Popova and Stacey Lowery Bretz

Computer-Based Learning 

Implementation and Student Perceptions on Google Docs as an Electronic Laboratory Notebook in Organic Chemistry ~ Deborah Bromfield Lee

Molecule of the Month: Relating Organic Chemistry Principles to Drug Action ~ Paul C. Trippier

Chirality-2: Development of a Multilevel Mobile Gaming App To Support the Teaching of Introductory Undergraduate-Level Organic Chemistry ~ Oliver A. H. Jones, Maria Spichkova, and Michelle J. S. Spencer

Cost-Effective Wireless Microcontroller for Internet Connectivity of Open-Source Chemical Devices ~ Conan Mercer and Dónal Leech

Molecular Symmetry and Visualization

Tap It Fast! Playing a Molecular Symmetry Game for Practice and Formative Assessment of Students’ Understanding of Symmetry Concepts ~ Ricardo Dagnoni Huelsmann, Andrei FelipeVailati, Lucas Ribeiro de Laia, Patrícia Salvador Tessaro, and Fernando Roberto Xavier

A Simple Method for the Visualization of Chair and Twist-Boat Transition States in Torsionally Controlled Addition Reactions ~ Kyle A. Niederer, Matthew D. Fodor, and Arthur J. Catino

Vibrational Spectroscopy of Hexynes: A Combined Experimental and Computational Laboratory Experiment ~ William Adams and Matthew D. Sonntag

Inquiry-Based Learning

The Unknown Exercise: Engaging First-Year University Students in Classroom Discovery and Active Learning on an Iconic Chemistry Question ~ Glen R. Loppnow

Size Exclusion Chromatography: A Teaching Aid for Physical Chemistry ~ Howard G. Barth

Expanding Evaporation Rate Model Determination of Hand-Rub Sanitizers to the General Freshman and Engineering Chemistry Undergraduate Laboratory: Inquiry-Based Formulations, Viscosity Measurements, and Qualitative Biological Evaluations ~ Daniel E. Felton, James G. Moberly, Martina M. Ederer, Patricia L. Hartzell, and Kristopher V. Waynant

Research Experience for the Organic Chemistry Laboratory: A Student-Centered Optimization of a Microwave-Enhanced Williamson Ether Synthesis and GC Analysis ~ Marsha R. Baar

Using Ion–Molecule Reactions To Overcome Spectral Interferences in ICP-MS: A Guided Inquiry Approach for Upper-Level Undergraduate and Graduate Students ~ Karla Newman

Safety Management

Identifying the Scope of Safety Issues and Challenges to Safety Management in Swedish Middle School and High School Chemistry Education ~ Linda Schenk, Ivan A. Taher, and Mattias Öberg

iSchlenk: Portable Equipment for Hands-On Instruction in Air-/Moisture-Sensitive Syringe, Cannula, and Schlenk Techniques ~ Louis Messerle


Using Molecular Models To Assess Agonists and Antagonists for Cell-Surface Receptors ~ Daniel D. Schwert and Scott M. Gruenbaum

Protein Colorimetry Experiments That Incorporate Intentional Discrepancies and Historical Narratives ~ Nathan S. Astrof and Gail Horowitz

New Procedure To Readily Investigate Lactase Enzymatic Activity Using Fehling’s Reagent ~ Rocco Leonello, Matteo Savio, Paola Baron Toaldo, and Renato Bonomi

Watching the Archive: Chemistry Goes to the Movies

Using popular movies in classroom settings can be useful for putting chemistry content and the discussion of how science is done in the context of engaging stories. In this issue, Sibrina N. Collins and LaVetta Appleby relate Black Panther, Vibranium, and the Periodic Table (see also Sabrina Collins’ post at ChemEdX). Connecting movies and chemistry can also be found in these articles from past issues:

The Elements Go to the Movies ~ Dina Taarea and Nicholas C. Thomas

Teaching Chemistry Using the Movie Apollo 13 ~ James G. Goll and B. J. Woods

Teaching Chemistry Using October Sky ~ James G. Goll, Lindsay J. Wilkinson, and Dolores M. Snell

An Inconvenient Truth—Is It Still Effective at Familiarizing Students with Global Warming? ~ Mark A. Griep and Kaitlin Reimer

Chemistry and Popular Culture: The 007 Bond ~ Arthur M. Last

Put Some Movie Wow! in Your Chemistry Teaching ~ Christopher A. Frey, Marjorie L. Mikasen, and Mark A. Griep

Lorenzo’s Oil as a Vehicle for Teaching Chemistry Content, Processes of Science, and Sociology of Science in a General Education Chemistry Classroom ~ Donald Wink

Based on a True Story: Using Movies as Source Material for General Chemistry Reports ~ Mark A. Griep and Marjorie L. Mikasen

"Almost Like Weighing Someone's Soul": Chemistry in Contemporary Film ~ Donald J. Wink

Innovation in the Journal of Chemical Education

With 95 volumes of the Journal of Chemical Education, you will always find something innovative, 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.

Do you have something to share? Write it up for the Journal! For some advice on becoming an author, it’s always very helpful to read Erica Jacobsen’s Commentary. In addition, numerous author resources are available on JCE’s ACS Web site, including recently updated: Author Guidelines and Document Templates