JCE 96.02 February 2019 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education February 2019 Cover

Collaboration among Chemical Educators

The February 2019 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: microplastics and environmental chemistry; examining outreach practices; investigating acid–base chemistry; using Arduino to experiment with carbon dioxide; innovative approaches to analytical chemistry; three-dimensional visualization and tactile learning; understanding Lewis structures; synthesis laboratories; exploring physical chemistry; from the archives: celebrating the International Year of the Periodic Table.

Cover: Microplastics and Environmental Chemistry

Microplastics and microfibers are small particles of plastic that have either degraded from larger plastic items or originated from primary microplastic pollution sources (such as microbeads in cosmetics). Microplastic pollution is an area of emerging concern because of the ubiquity of particles in multiple environments and their persistence in the food chain. In the laboratory experiment , Laura Rowe, Maria Kubalewski, Robert Clark, Emily Statza, Thomas Goyne, Katie Leach, and Julie Peller discuss how first-year undergraduate chemistry students quantified the amount of microplastics and microfibers in their local soil during a 2- or 3-week mini-research project. As shown on the cover, the students combined density gradient separation and the Fenton reagent with filtration and microscopic identification to visualize the microplastic pollution they unearthed.

Other environmental articles in the issue include:

~ Isabel Rubner, Ashton J. Berry, Theodor Grofe, and Marco Oetken

~ Jessica C. D’eon, Jennifer A. Faust, C. Scott Browning, and Kristine B. Quinlan

~ Fun Man Fung, Wen Yi Choo, Alvita Ardisara, Christoph Dominik Zimmermann, Simon Watts, Thierry Koscielniak, Etienne Blanc, Xavier Coumoul, and Rainer Dumke


Stacey Lowery Bretz (Miami University and member of the JCE Editorial Advisory Board) discusses in her editorial whether there is

Michael T. Ashby and Michelle A. Maher examine .

Examining Outreach Practices: Student Beliefs about Teaching and Learning 

~ Justin M. Pratt and Ellen J. Yezierski

Investigating Acid–Base Chemistry

~ Olivia M. Crandell, Hovig Kouyoumdjian, Sonia M. Underwood, and Melanie M. Cooper

~ Donald K. Schorr and Dean J. Campbell

~ Jacqueline L. Linder, Sumeja Aljic, Hamzah M. Shroof, Zachary B. Di Giusto, James M. Franklin, Shane Keaney, Christopher P. Le, Olivia K. George, Andrew M. Castaneda, Lloyd S. Fisher, Virginia A. Young, and Adam M. Kiefer

~ Marcie B. Wiggins, Emma Heath, and Jocelyn Alcántara-García

~ Samuel C. Costa and Julio C. B. Fernandes

Using Arduino to Experiment with Carbon Dioxide

~ Seong-Joo Kang, Hye-Won Yeo, and Jihyun Yoon

~ Hernan Pino, Vanesa Pastor, Carme Grimalt-Álvaro, and Víctor López

Innovative Approaches to Analytical Chemistry

~ Marta Ferreiro-González, Antonio Amores-Arrocha, Estrella Espada-Bellido, María José Aliaño-Gonzalez, Mercedes Vázquez-Espinosa, Ana V. González-de-Peredo, Pau Sancho-Galán, José Ángel Álvarez-Saura, Gerardo F. Barbero, and Cristina Cejudo-Bastante

~ Shun Yu Tan, Katja Hölttä-Otto, and Franklin Anariba

~ Alice H. Suroviec, Katarina Jones, and Grace Sarabia

Three-Dimensional Visualization and Tactile Learning

~ Robert J. LeSuer

~ Denis Fourches and Jeremiah Feducia

~ Sonali Kurup and Prashant Sakharkar

Understanding Lewis Structures

~ S. A. Finkenstaedt-Quinn, E. P. Snyder-White, M. C. Connor, A. Ruggles Gere, and G. V. Shultz

~ Patrick L. Duffy, Kory M. Enneking, Tyler W. Gampp, Khatijah Amir Hakim, Amelia F. Coleman, Krista V. Laforest, Dylan M. Paulson, Erik T. Paulson, Justin D. Shepard, Jessica M. Tiettmeyer, Kristina M. Mazzarone, and Nathaniel P. Grove

Synthesis Laboratories

~ Michael Croisant, Stacey Lowery Bretz, and Dominik Konkolewicz

~ Shahrokh Saba and Ariel Corozo-Morales

~ Robert L. Schrader, Patrick W. Fedick, Tsdale F. Mehari, and R. Graham Cooks

Exploring Physical Chemistry

~ Lionel M. Raff and William R. Cannon

~ Rodrigo Papai, Mayara Araujo Romano, Aline Rodrigues Arroyo, Bárbara Rodrigues da Silva, Bruno Tresoldi, Gabriela Cabo Winter, Julia Messias Costa, Maria Aparecida Freitas Santos, Matheus Damasceno Prata, and Ivanise Gaubeur

~ Katherine N. Gascon, Steven J. Weinstein, and Michael G. Antoniades

~ M. G. Marmorino

From the Archives: Celebrating the International Year of the Periodic Table 

With 2019 marking the 150th anniversary of the periodic table of chemical elements, this year has been proclaimed the "" by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO. There are many resources in the Journal for making the most of this year’s celebration. A great place to start is Erica Jacobsen’s comprehensive listing of JCE resources from October 2009 and before in:


This issue includes two articles on teaching periodic trends through the use of technology: 

~ Robert J. LeSuer

  ~ Matthew E. Lopper

Additional recent resources on the periodic table include:

~ Mark J. Winter

~ Timothy J. Wallington, James E. Anderson, Donald J. Siegel, Michael A. Tamor, Sherry A. Mueller, Sandra L. Winkler, and Ole J. Nielsen

~ Dennis Fantin, Marc Sutton, Lena J. Daumann, and Kael F. Fischer

~ Vasco D. B. Bonifácio

Additional recent resources for engaging students with the periodic table and periodic trends include:

~ Jodye Selco, Mary Bruno, and Sue Chan

~ Adam Hoffman and Mark Hennessy

~ Mikhail Kurushkin

~ Thomas S. Kuntzleman, Kristen N. Rohrer, Bruce W. Baldwin, Jennifer Kingsley, Charles L. Schaerer, Deborah K. Sayers, and Vivian B. West

~ Antonio Joaquín Franco-Mariscal

~ Sibrina N. Collins and LaVetta Appleby

Additional games for exploring the periodic table:

~ Vicente Martí-Centelles and Jenifer Rubio-Magnieto

~ Eylem Bayir

~ Antonio Joaquín Franco Mariscal, José María Oliva Martínez, and Serafín Bernal Márquez

~ Chang-Hung Lee, Jian Fan Zhu, Tien-Li Lin, Cheng-Wei Ni, Chia Ping Hong, Pin-Hsuan Huang, Hsiang-Ling Chuang, Shih-Yao Lin, and Mei-Lin Ho

~ Klaus Woelk

~ Sushama D. Joag

Celebrating the JCE Periodical Table of Contents: A Monthly Resource Since 1924

With JCE in its 96th volume and for each volume there are 12 issues, you’ll find lots and lots of content in the Journal of Chemical Education to examine and use—including the present , as well as in past issues of the . Articles that are edited and published online ahead of an issue () are also available.