JCE 97.11 November 2020 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education November 2020 Cover

Teaching Context-Based Chemistry

The of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: microplastic contamination and the environment; diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect in chemistry education research and practice; teaching in the time of COVID-19; chemistry and health; service learning; using games to teach; examining structures; solubility; spectroscopy; natural products chemistry; understanding polymer chemistry; materials science; assessment; analyzing student understanding; from the archives: battery explorations.

Cover: Identification of Microplastic Contamination

Microplastics, plastic particles <5 mm in size, pose an environmental threat to ocean ecosystems. In , Amelia B. Labbe, Clive R. Bagshaw, and Lisa Uttal describe low-cost techniques for microplastic identification as part of a plankton monitoring program. The procedures are appropriate for any school, college, or community scientist with access to a simple bright-field microscope. The physical organic chemistry underlying the techniques provides topical discussion for undergraduate classes. The cover depicts control plastic fragments that fluoresce when stained with Nile Red and appear bright when viewed under crossed polarizing filters. Observing microplastics firsthand is critical in understanding the prevalence of microplastics in ocean waters.

Other papers in this issue with a focus on the environment include:

~ Elisa Zagatti, Mara Russo, and Maria Chiara Pietrogrande

~ José Carlos Arrebola, Nuria Rodríguez-Fernández, and Álvaro Caballero

~ Zesean M. Ali, Varik H. Harris, and Rebecca L. LaLonde

~ Johann Seibert, Isabel Schmoll, Christopher W. M. Kay, and Johannes Huwer

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect in Chemistry Education Research and Practice

This issue announces an open invitation for a , with a deadline April 12, 2021. The guest editors for this issue are Leyte L. Winfield, Zakiya S. Wilson-Kennedy, Florastina Payton-Stewart, Jennifer Nielson, Ann C. Kimble-Hill, and Edgar A. Arriaga. 

In this issue, Dylan P. Williams and Khalku Karim discuss .  


In , Sarah B. Boesdorfer and Dawn I. Del Carlo "argue that the expectation of introductory secondary chemistry as a prerequisite course to prepare students for college chemistry is a misguided connection that does not foster successful student learning in either course".

Teaching in the Time of COVID-19

~ Tina Ohn-Sabatello

~ José Nunes da Silva Júnior, José Mariano de Sousa Oliveira, Jean-Yves Winum, Antonio José Melo Leite Junior, Francisco Serra Oliveira Alexandre, David Macedo do Nascimento, Ulisses Silva de Sousa, Antônia Torres Ávila Pimenta, and André Jalles Monteiro

~ James Campbell, Andrew Macey, Wenqian Chen, Umang V. Shah, and Clemens Brechtelsbauer

~ Courtney J. Chatha and Stacey Lowery Bretz

Chemistry and Health

~ David Armstrong and Judith C. Poë (available to non-subscribers as part of ACS Editors’ Choice program)

~ Daniel Austin and Alison J. Frontier

~ Sarah L. Bliese, Margaret Berta, and Marya Lieberman

Service Learning

~ Emily Schmidt, Ryan Vik, Benjamin W. Brubaker, Sienna S. Abdulahad, Diana K. Soto-Olson, Tia A. Monjure, Cooper H. Battle, and Janarthanan Jayawickramarajah

~ Elisa Tomat

Using Games To Teach

~ Luke Nambi Mohanam and Amanda J. Holton

~ Anastasia Rychkova, Alexey Korotkikh, Andrey Mironov, Artem Smolin, Nadezhda Maksimenko, and Mikhail Kurushkin

Examining Structures

~ Yan-Zi Ma, Zhan-Lan Yang, Yan Wang, Hai-Hong Wang, and Shu Jian Tian

~ Heta A. Gandhi, Sebastian Jakymiw, Rainier Barrett, Harshita Mahaseth, and Andrew D. White

~ Emily R. Mowrer and Jeffrey P. Potratz


~ Thomas S. Kuntzleman and Andrea Sturgis

~ Bradley A. Rogers and Yanjie Zhang


~ Gletwyn R. Rubidge

~ Seth M. Barrett, Paul S. Szalay, Lois Anne Zook-Gerdau, and Eric J. Schurter

Natural Products Chemistry

~ Daisuke Kajiya

~ Francesco Siano and Ermanno Vasca

~ Parth H. Patel, Kristofer L. Conrad, Anuradha L. Pathiranage, and Leslie A. Hiatt

~ Abha Verma and Navneet Goyal

~ Jacob H. Steele, Marie X. Bozor, and Gregory R. Boyce

~ Aliefman Hakim, A. Wahab Jufri, Jamaluddin, Supriadi, and Putri Ayu Mutmainnah

Understanding Polymer Chemistry

~ Brian C. T. Gilbert, Marissa L. Clapson, and Amanda Musgrove

~ Zhengchu Tan, James P. Ewen, Antonio E. Forte, Stefano Galvan, Elena De Momi, Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena, and Daniele Dini

~ Kaiting Wu, Lin Yu, and Jiandong Ding

Materials Science

~ Youdong Cheng, Dongchen Shi, Yi Di Yuan, and Dan Zhao

~ Min Yuan, Chun-Yan Sun, Yi-Wei Liu, Ying Lu, Zhong Zhang, Xiao-Hui Li, Hong-Rui Tian, Shan Zhang, and Shu-Xia Liu

~ Jyah Strachan, Christopher Barnett, Thomas Maschmeyer, Anthony F. Masters, Alice Motion, and Alexander K. L. Yuen


~ Andrea Basso

~ Javier Murciano-Calles

Analyzing Student Understanding

~ Keenan Noyes, Robert L. McKay, Matthew Neumann, Kevin C. Haudek, and Melanie M. Cooper

~ Chulkyu Park, Chang Youn Lee, and Hun-Gi Hong

~ Jon-Marc G. Rodriguez, A. Rayford Harrison, and Nicole M. Becker

From the Archives: Battery Explorations

This issue includes by Violeta A. Martínez and Jorge G. Ibanez. This activity allows students to visualize how to obtain different stoichiometries with various techniques in a single experiment. Other innovative activities using batteries include:

~ Masahiro Kamata and Seiko Yajima

~ Franklin D. R. Maharaj, Wanxin Wu, Yiwei Zhou, Logan T. Schwanz, and Michael P. Marshak

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

~ Per-Odd Eggen and Brit Skaugrud

~ E. H. Driscoll, E. C. Hayward, R. Patchett, P. A. Anderson, and P. R. Slater (available to non-subscribers as part of ACS AuthorChoice program)

JCE: A Steady 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! In particular, consider submitting to the special issue of JCE on (deadline is April 12, 2021).

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