JCE 97.04 April 2020 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education April 2020 Cover

Responsible Chemistry Citizenship

The April 2020 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: environmental chemistry; green chemistry; revisiting classic demonstrations & activities; teaching stoichiometry; foundations of teaching and learning; organic chemistry; inorganic chemistry; understanding chromatography; analytical methods; aids for spatial learning; computer-based learning; low-cost teaching tools; from the archives: resources for teaching online and articles for celebrating Earth Week 2020.


One of the founders of green chemistry, John C. Warner, muses on .

Cover: Environmental Chemistry

Environmental forensic chemistry investigations examine the extent, duration, and sources of environmental contamination. In , Pamela J. Higgins discusses an experimental case study in which students determine the potential source of groundwater contamination along a series of treatment steps designed to mitigate the environmental effects of material transport from an abandoned mine drainage site. This experiment expands the breadth of experience for forensic chemistry students outside of more typical investigations of crime scenes and evidence and increases student exposure to chemical techniques not typically conducted in undergraduate forensic chemistry courses. (Acid mine drainage image used with permission from Nathaniel R. Warner.) 

Other environmental chemistry articles in this issue include:

~ Glenn B. Crisler, II, Viveka Perera, Cintly Guzman Hernandez, Andre Orr, Roger Davis, Jessie Moore, James Smith, Jac Varco, Tim Schauwecker, Ashli Brown, Todd Mlsna, and Deb Mlsna

~ Cecilia S. Fonseca, Clarissa H. Rosa, Toni J. Lopes, and Gilber R. Rosa

~ Fujun Tao, Alma Valenzuela Garcia, Ting Xiao, Yuliang Zhang, Yansheng Yin, and Xiaobo Chen

~ Debashis Panda, Soumyadip Patra, Mahendra Kumar Awasthi, and Sanjay Kumar Singh

Green Chemistry

~ Mark T. Jefferson, Connor Rutter, Katherine Fraine, Gabriel V. B. Borges, Gabriela M. de Souza Santos, Frederico A. P. Schoene, and Glenn A. Hurst (available to non-subscribers as part of ACS AuthorChoice program)

~ Clarissa Keen, Steven Couture, Nayer Abd El Meseh, and Hannah Sevian

~ Katherine M. Van Heuvelen, G. William Daub, Lelia N. Hawkins, Adam R. Johnson, Hal Van Ryswyk, and David A. Vosburg

~ Xisen Wang, Matthew Chrzanowski, and Yujuan Liu

~ Ram S. Mohan and Maria P. Mejia

~ Małgorzata Gawlik-Kobylińska, Władysław Walkowiak, and Paweł Maciejewski

Revisiting Classic Demonstrations & Activities

er ~ Thomas S. Kuntzleman and Ryan Johnson

~ Maria Koutsokali and Michael Valahas

~ Ben Ruekberg and David L. Freeman

~ Ronghui Que, Sha Sha, Liqun Shen, and Yanlin Xiong

~ Thitipong Kerdkaew and Taweetham Limpanuparb

Teaching Stoichiometry

~ Vinay Bapu Ramesh, Athavan Alias Anand Selvam, Surabhi Kulkarni, Anusha Dattatreya Manganahalli, and Kiran R. Bettadapur

~ Lindsay M. Veltri and Lisa A. Holland

~ Mária Babinčáková

Foundations of Teaching and Learning

~ Melanie M. Cooper

~ Jesper Sjöström, Ingo Eilks, and Vicente Talanquer (available to non-subscribers as part of ACS AuthorChoice program)

~ Md. Abul Fazal, Annette F. Raigoza, Christen M. Strollo, and Alicia A. Peterson

~ Norda S. Stephenson, Erin M. Duffy, Elizabeth L. Day, Kira Padilla, Deborah G. Herrington, Melanie M. Cooper, and Justin H. Carmel (available to non-subscribers as part of ACS program)

~ Laura M. Hancock and Martin J. Hollamby

~ Barbara A. Reisner, Cole L. Pate, Melissa M. Kinkaid, Daniel M. Paunovic, Justin M. Pratt, Joanne L. Stewart, Jeffrey R. Raker, Anne K. Bentley, Shirley Lin, and Sheila R. Smith

Organic Chemistry

~ Mark A. Lipton

~ Dihua Xue and Marilyne Stains

~ Kerry L. Barnett, Kevin M. Shea, Catherine McGeough, Kristine Trotta, Steven Williams, Minh Ly, and Kathryn Aloisio

~ Yasser M. Omar, Noha G. Mohamed, Andrew N. Boshra, and Abu-Baker M. Abdel-Aal

~ Iveta Kmentová, Ambroz Almássy, Lucia Feriancová, and Martin Putala

~ Melanie M Cooper and Michael W Klymkowsky

~ Eamonn F. Healy

Inorganic Chemistry

~ Yoshie Sakamaki, Miu Tsuji, Zachary Heidrick, Olivia Watson, Jeremy Durchman, Christopher Salmon, Stephen R. Burgin, and M. Hassan Beyzavi

~ Charles G. Young and Sioe See Volaric

~ Charles G. Young and Sioe See Volaric

~ Iain A. Smellie, Yusra Abdelhamid, Cameron L. Carpenter-Warren, David B. Cordes, Clement Elliott, Sarah Lamorte, Iain L. J. Patterson, William Sanders, Iain P. Sandison, Alexandra M. Z. Slawin, Dominic M. Stewart, and Samuel N. Walters

Understanding Chromatography

~ Mingrou Xie, Pavan Inguva, Wenqian Chen, Nicholaus Prasetya, Andrew Macey, Peter DiMaggio, Umang Shah, and Clemens Brechtelsbauer

~ Isabel Larraza and Rada Malko

~ Amaury Kasprowiak, Francine Cazier-Dennin, and Pierre-Edouard Danjou

~ Michael Green and Xiaobo Chen

Analytical Methods

~ Daniel R. Albert

~ Jesse Maccione, Joseph Welch, and Emily C. Heider

~ Rachel Bracker, Kimberly Dominguez, and Anthony S. Stender

Aids for Spatial Learning 

~ Amal Fatemah, Shahzad Rasool, and Uzma Habib

~ Nimesh Mistry, Ravi Singh, and Jamie Ridley

Computer-Based Learning

~ J. Abraham Morales-Vidales, S. Alejandro Sandoval Salazar, Jimena M. Jacobo-Fernández, and Alfredo Tlahuice-Flores

~ Taylor A. Rossman, Zachary P. Parks, and Michael Messina

~ Tomás M. Antonelli and Alejandro C. Olivieri

Low-Cost Teaching Tools

~ Michelle Duran-Chaves and Jean Sanabria-Chinchilla

  ~ Kohei Tada

~ Paweł Bernard and James D. Mendez

~ Xicheng Xu, Yoshinori Suganuma, and Al-Amin Dhirani

From the Archives: Resources for Teaching Online and Articles for Celebrating Earth Week 2020 

In hopes that some past JCE articles about distance learning of chemistry and teaching and learning chemistry online may provide guidance to chemistry instructors during the covid-19 crisis, a virtual issue of has been made available as a free to read collection. Additional remote teaching resources are available on

2020 occurs April 19-25, 2020 with the theme “Protecting Our Planet through Chemistry”. The provide ideas and suggestions for engaging students on the topic of sustainability in order to connect real-world issues to the teaching environment. Success in integrating sustainability considerations into the practice of chemistry highlights the substantial impact that chemistry education can have, to better equip students to address the sustainability of the Earth and societal systems.

Explore More with JCE 

Explore ideas for teaching and learning of chemistry in the 97 volumes 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 .)

Do you have something to share? Write it up for the Journal! provides excellent advice about becoming an author. In addition, numerous , including the revised and . In addition, the has resources for preparing and reviewing manuscripts for ACS journals.