JCE 97.06 June 2020 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education June 2020 Cover

Learning How to Do Chemistry

The of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: innovative curriculum; exploring kinetics; engaging organic chemistry activities; molecular structure and symmetry; polymer chemistry; technology-based instruction; synthesis laboratories; undergraduate research experiences; from the archives: bath bombs and cosmetics chemistry.

Cover: Scientific Photography 

Evoking affective responses from students studying chemistry may heighten their curiosity and further engage their interest in the subject, motivating them to delve deeper. In , Yizhou Ling, Jiamin Xiang, Kai Chen, Junyao Zhang, and Hongyan Ren describe microscale lab activities in which students photograph precipitation reactions using a smartphone with magnification. Students observe changes in color, shape, texture, and opacity in various reactions of metal salts with sodium hydroxide solutions, including with cobalt chloride (pictured on the cover), ferrous sulfate, and copper sulfate. Using a wider lens to perceive the complexity and beauty of chemical reactions coupled with an aesthetic approach to wonder why and how these changes occur can stimulate experimental inquiry, affective response, and creative outcomes, including high-quality scientific photography.

From the archives: the power of as discussed by science photographer


As circumstances keep developing during these times of disruption, Tom Holme discusses the  in this month’s editorial.

In a commentary, Michael K. Seery argues for .

Innovative Curriculum

~ Riley J. Petillion and W. Stephen McNeil

~ Christine Mundy and Marietjie Potgieter

~ M. Kyle Hadden and Angela M. Zaino

~ Thomas A. Holme, Christopher Bauer, Jaclyn M. Trate, Jessica J. Reed, Jeffrey R. Raker, and Kristen L. Murphy

~ Franziska K. Lang, Christopher A. Randles, and Kathleen A. Jeffery

Exploring Kinetics

~ Meaghan Cabassa and Beth L. Haas

~ Ben Ruekberg

~ Ken Elen, An Hardy, and Marlies K. Van Bael

Engaging Organic Chemistry Activities

~ Lucie Ciccone and Maria T. Gallardo-Williams

~ Peter T. Bell, Bernat A. Martinez-Ortega, and Ashlee Birkenfeld

Molecular Structure and Symmetry

~ Anton V. Savchenkov

~ Gabriella N. Ruiz and Timothy C. Johnstone

Polymer Chemistry

~ Aaron Alford, Racquel Caviedes, and Eugenia Kharlampieva

~ Elon Langbeheim

Technology-Based Instruction

~ Victor V. Gomes, Sofia C. F. Cavaco, Carmen P. Morgado, João Aires-de-Sousa, and Julio C. B. Fernandes

~ Laı́s Feltrin Sidou and Endler Marcel Borges

Synthesis Laboratories

~ Tanja Kovacevic, Austin Skinner, John D. Fisk, Vanessa Fishback, and Scott M. Reed

~ Christoph Förster and Katja Heinze

~ Charles J. Weiss and Lon A. Porter, Jr.

~ Aijuan Xie, Yuwei Tao, Wanqi Zhang, Xiaoxiao Duo, Jianing Chang, Bing Xue, Shiping Luo, and Guoping Zhou

Undergraduate Research Experiences

~ Longfei Cai, Zhuang Ouyang, Xinrong Huang, and Chunxiu Xu

~ Cole L. Cruz, Natalie Holmberg-Douglas, Nicholas P. R. Onuska, Joshua B. McManus, Ian A. MacKenzie, Bryant L. Hutson, Nita A. Eskew, and David A. Nicewicz

~ Anne Mirich, Mackenzie Enmeier, Katie Cunningham, Kara Grossman, Grace Recker, Samantha Jarman, Tazah Weinmaster, Reba Mehaffey, Grayson Huldin, Giorgio Bacchin, Samaya Kallepalli, Laura Cogua, Lydia Johnson, and Bruce Mattson

~ Mariam N. Ismail

~ Michael R. La Frano, Samir Amin, and Rob K. Fanter

From the Archives: Bath Bombs and Cosmetics Chemistry

This issue includes an experiment by Meaghan Cabassa and Beth L. Haas on the , which in part helps students see the connection between chemistry and everyday life. (In addition, this lab can be performed at home.) Other articles with connections to the cosmetics chemistry in past issues include:

~ Barbara Walker and Mary E. Harris

~ Suzanne T. Mabrouk

~ Suzanne T. Mabrouk

~ Susan Sutheimer, Jacqueline M. Caster, and Simone H. Smith

~ Ashley Trantow

~ Anne-Dominique Fortineau

~ Jennifer L. Logan and Craig E. Rumbaugh

~ Jessica L. Epstein, Michael Castaldi, Grishma Patel, Peter Telidecki, and Kevin Karakkatt

~ J. Chem. Educ. Staff

~ Célia Faustino, Ana F. Bettencourt, António Alfaia, and Lídia Pinheiro

JCE: A Constant Source of Ideas 

Even in these times of disruption, there are always ideas for teaching and learning  chemistry in the 97 volumes of the —including the described above. 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! There’s even still time to consider submitting to the special issue of JCE on (deadline is June 17, 2020).

continues to provide excellent advice about becoming an author. In addition, numerous , including the revised and . The also has resources for preparing and reviewing manuscripts for ACS journals.