JCE 97.01 January 2020 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education January 2020 Cover

Inspiring Teaching and Learning Chemistry for 97 Years

The January 2020 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: activities using household materials; escape rooms; demonstrations; health-oriented experiments; microplastics; environmental chemistry labs; fluorescence; surface chemistry; cost-effective equipment; augmented & virtual reality; laboratory curriculum; examining learning in general chemistry; organic chemistry teaching resource; from the archives: developing oral communication skills.

Cover: Rainbow Colors Using Polarizers

Transparent polymers become strikingly colored when sandwiched between polarizers: such coloration can be demonstrated with many everyday materials. In , Daisuke Kajiya describes a suite of demonstrations and activities with strong visual impact that can stimulate interest in the interaction between light and matter. These scalable learning activities can be performed in a classroom with students ranging from elementary school to college and use supplies that are readily available and portable.

Additional activities in this issue using household materials include:

~ Satoki Kodani, Masahiro Fukuda, Yoji Tsuboi, and Nobuyoshi Koga

~ Chun Ho Lam and James E. Jackson

~ Aleksandar Kondinski, Jens Moons, Yujie Zhang, Jakob Bussé, Wim De Borggraeve, Erik Nies, and Tatjana N. Parac-Vogt


In , Norbert J. Pienta says farewell in his final editorial as editor-in-chief, which includes a review of Volume 96 and some parting comments upon retiring from his post of 10 years.

Escape Rooms

~ Marissa L. Clapson, Brian Gilbert, Vivian J. Mozol, Shauna Schechtel, Judy Tran, and Stephen White

~ Malka Yayon, Shelley Rap, Vered Adler, Inbar Haimovich, Hagit Levy, and Ron Blonder


~ Thomas S. Kuntzleman, Jezrielle Annis, Hazel Anderson, Joshua B. Kenney, and Ninad Doctor (also at ChemEdX: Tom Kuntzleman on this topic: and S)

~ Richard B. Weinberg

~ Cathy L. Cobb, Wilson Haddock, and Monty L. Fetterolf

~ Andreas Nehring and Sebastian Busch

Health-Oriented Experiments

~ Ginevra A. Clark, Marisha L. Humphries, Jessica Perez, Stella Udoetuk, Kruti Bhatt, Jennifer P. Domingo, Megan Garcia, Patrick L. Daubenmire, Nazminbano Mansuri, and Maripat King

~ Heyun Lai, Ziqi Li, Shunying Zhu, Longfei Cai, Chunxiu Xu, and Qing Zhou


~ Jamie M. Schiffer, Johnnie Lyman, Debra Byrd, Hercules Silverstein, and Mathew D. Halls

~ Austin Scircle and James V. Cizdziel

Environmental Chemistry Labs

~ Matthew E. Kirby, Jay C. Bullen, M. D. Hanif, Hany Fathy Heiba, Fengjie Liu, George H. R. Northover, Eleonore Resongles, and Dominik J. Weiss

~ Antı́a Gómez Armesto, Juan Carlos Nóvoa Muñoz, Manuel Arias Estévez, Avelino Núñez Delgado, Esperanza Álvarez Rodríguez, and Marı́a José Fernández Sanjurjo

~ Matt J. Hengel, Jon W. Wong, Zachary C. Redman, Caitlin Rering, and Katryn L. Williams

~ Somchai Lapanantnoppakhun, Urai Tengjaroensakul, Pitchaya Mungkornasawakul, Chanida Puangpila, Sila Kittiwachana, Jeeraphithak Saengtempiam, and Supaporn Kradtap Hartwell


~ Benedikt Klobes and Christine Koch

~ Lin Zhu, Mustafa Gharib, Charline Becker, Yuan Zeng, Anna R. Ziefuß, Lizhen Chen, Alaaldin M. Alkilany, Christoph Rehbock, Stephan Barcikowski, Wolfgang J. Parak, and Indranath Chakraborty

~ Laszlo Frazer, Heather F. Higginbotham, Toby D. M. Bell, and Alison M. Funston

NMR Spectroscopy

~ Yannick J. Esvan and Wael Zeinyeh

~ Aisling M. Prendergast, Rachel Shanahan, Aobha Hickey, Francis Harrington, David Schönbauer, Peter A. Byrne, Michael Schnürch, and Gerard P. McGlacken

~ Jacob S. Kennedy, Garrett E. Larson, Alex Blumenfeld, and Kristopher V. Waynant

Surface Chemistry 

~ Fabian Dauzvardis, Alexander Knapp, Kaung Nan Dar Shein, and George Lisensky

~ Tao Wang, Weidong Yin, Shaoxiong Zhang, Zhao Li, Shengjun Zhang, Bo Zhang, and Hengchang Ma

Cost-Effective Equipment

~ Yasuo Matsubara and Akitaka Ito

~ Afraz Subratti, Lorale J. Lalgee, and Nigel K. Jalsa

~ Matthew W. Glasscott, Matthew D. Verber, Jackson R. Hall, Andrew D. Pendergast, Collin J. McKinney, and Jeffrey E. Dick

3D Printing

~ Cody W. Pinger, Morgan K. Geiger, and Dana M. Spence

~ Ishu Singhal and B. S. Balaji

~ Matthew T. Vangunten, Uriah J. Walker, Han G. Do, and Kyle N. Knust

Augmented & Virtual Reality

~ Jiwoo An, Laila-Parvin Poly, and Thomas A. Holme

~ Rou-Jia Sung, Andrew T. Wilson, Stanley M. Lo, Logan M. Crowl, Joseph Nardi, Katie St. Clair, and Jane M. Liu

~ Babak Sanii

~ Cathi L. Dunnagan, Devran A. Dannenberg, Michael P. Cuales, Arthur D. Earnest, Richard M. Gurnsey, and Maria T. Gallardo-Williams

Laboratory Curriculum

~ Rebecca Sansom and Joi P. Walker

~ Nancy Wu, Tomohiro Kubo, Ariana O. Hall, Danielle M. Zurcher, Sameer Phadke, Rachel L. Wallace, and Anne J. McNeil

~ Leonard. T. Demoranville, Olivia R. Kane, and Karin J. Young

~ Clarence Wei Wen Wong, Hui Yi Goh, and Yue Ying Ong

~ Hui Yi Goh, Wei Wen Clarence Wong, and Yue Ying Ong

~ Stefan M. Irby, Nancy J. Pelaez, and Trevor R. Anderson

Examining Learning in General Chemistry

~ Melonie A. Teichert, Maria J. Schroeder, Shirley Lin, Debra K. Dillner, Regis Komperda, and Diane M. Bunce

~ Katherine Lazenby, Avery Stricker, Alexandra Brandriet, Charlie A. Rupp, and Nicole M. Becker

s ~ Matthew D. Casselman, Kinnari Atit, Grace Henbest, Cybill Guregyan, Kiana Mortezaei, and Jack F. Eichler

~ Senetta F. Bancroft, Samantha R. Fowler, Mohammadreza Jalaeian, and Katie Patterson

Organic Chemistry Teaching Resource

~ Alexey Leontyev, Justin B. Houseknecht, Vincent Maloney, Jennifer L. Muzyka, Robert Rossi, Catherine O. Welder, and Leyte Winfield

From the Archives: Developing Oral Communication Skills

The January issue includes the paper by Roland P. Stout. Strong oral communication skills are essential for a chemist and additional methods for helping students develop these skills have been discussed in papers such as:

~ Dianne J. Luning Prak and Christine L. Copper

~ Michelle S. Applebee, Ami P. Johanson, Kimberly A. Lawler-Sagarin, Eugene N. Losey, and Colleen Munro-Leighton

~ Gail M. Meyer

~ S. Salman Ashraf, Sayed A. M. Marzouk, Ihsan A. Shehadi, and Brian M. Murphy

~ Garland L. Crawford and Kathryn D. Kloepper

~ Mary Lou Baker Jones and Paul G. Seybold

~ Marisa G. Weaver, Andrey V. Samoshin, Robert B. Lewis, and Morgan J. Gainer

~ Richard A. R. Blackburn

At ChemEdX: ~ Deanna Cullen

Let JCE Inspire You

Explore ideas for teaching and learning of chemistry in the 1,156 issues of the —including . Articles that are edited and published online ahead of print ( are also available. (For more information on how to access the  articles cited above, see Deanna Cullen’s post on .)

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