JCE 97.12 December 2020 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education December 2020 Cover

The Trajectory of Chemistry Teaching and Learning

The December 2020 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: teaching during COVID-19; examining models used by students; chemical structure; game-based learning; interdisciplinary courses; teaching chemistry using plants; laboratory instruction with real-world context; fluorescence; exploring spectroscopy; thermodynamics; chemical education research; from the archives: photography.

Cover: Photography Using Household Chemicals

In A Photographic Process Using Easily Available Reagents, Sergey Slyusarev describes a photographic technique that employs inexpensive and easy-to-find reagents: ascorbic acid, copper sulfate, and sodium hydrogen carbonate. As with other photographic processes, this is a compelling demonstration of the effects light can have on chemical reactions. One advantage of this photographic development process is its accessibility in circumstances when specialized chemicals are unavailable or undesirable. Even younger students can exercise their creativity in making photographic prints with this process. The cover shows an image and the negative it was printed from using the photoreduction of copper.

See "From the Archives: Photography" below for more articles on photography in past issues.

Editorial and Commentaries

In the editorial Will 2020 Be an Inflection Point in the Trajectory of Chemistry Teaching and Learning?, Tom Holme muses on how the year 2020 may exact lasting change for teaching and learning activities in chemistry and beyond. (open access without a subscription)

In the two commentaries in the issue, Jack Silver implores readers to Let Us Teach Proper Thin Layer Chromatography Technique!  (open access without a subscription) and Amanda M. Shufflebarger and Kevin A. Scott advocate that Chemistry Departments Should Facilitate Graduate-Level Second-Language Writing Instruction (open access without a subscription).

Teaching during COVID-19

Efficacy of a Asynchronous Online Preparatory Chemistry Course: An Observational Study ~ Grace Henbest, Kiana Mortezaei, Teresa Alvelais, Courtney Murphy, and Jack F. Eichler

Assessment à la Mode: Implementing an Adaptable Large-Scale Multivariant Online Deferred-Grade Exam for Virtual Learning ~ Bhavani Balasubramanian, Chris DeSantis, and Miriam Gulotta

Social Distancing During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Analogy to Explain Collision Cross-Sections in Chemical Kinetics ~ Ricardo Fernández-Terán, Estefanía Sucre-Rosales, Lorenzo Echevarría, and Florencio E. Hernández

Incorporating an Online Interactive Video Platform to Optimize Active Learning and Improve Student Accountability through Educational Videos ~ Surya Pulukuri and Binyomin Abrams (open access without a subscription)

For additional ideas related to teaching during COVID, see the September 2020 issue, a special issue devoted to “Insights Gained While Teaching Chemistry in the Time of COVID-19”.

Examining Models Used by Students

Supporting Engagement in Metamodeling Ideas in General Chemistry: Development and Validation of Activities Designed Using Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning Criteria ~ Jon-Marc G. Rodriguez, Katherine Lazenby, Leah J. Scharlott, Kevin H. Hunter, and Nicole M. Becker

Chemical Structure

Introducing Molecular Structural Analysis Using a Guided Systematic Approach Combined with an Interactive Multiplatform Web Application ~ Armélinda Agnello, Stéphane Vanberg, Céline Tonus, Bernard Boigelot, Laurent Leduc, Christian Damblon, and Jean-François Focant

Lessons in Stereochemistry: Resolution, Synthesis, and Characterization of Chiral Compounds ~ Kevin A. Scott, Alexander Marciniak, William G. Benson, and Robin Polt

Structural Chemistry 2.0: Combining Augmented Reality and 3D Online Models ~ Jonas R. Schmid, Moritz J. Ernst, and Günther Thiele (open access without a subscription)

Game-Based Learning

Fun with Flags and Chemistry ~ Christophe Coudret and Nicolas Dietrich

1H NMR Spectrum: A Team-Based Tabletop Game for Molecular Structure Elucidation ~ Zachary Thammavongsy, Michael A. Morris, and Renée D. Link

Race to the Reactor and Other Chemistry Games: Game-Based and Experiential Learning Experiences in Materials and Polymer Chemistry ~ Marissa L. Clapson, Brian C. T. Gilbert, and Amanda Musgrove

The Shrewd Guess: Can a Software System Assist Students in Hypothesis-Driven Learning for Organic Chemistry? ~ Julia E. Winter, Joseph Engalan, Sarah E. Wegwerth, Gianna J. Manchester, Michael T. Wentzel, Michael J. Evans, James E. Kabrhel, and Lawrence J. Yee (open access without a subscription)

Interdisciplinary Courses

Teaching an Introductory Organic Chemistry Class for High School Students ~ Daniel R. Zuidema, John A. Stimart, and Zixin Jian

Chemistry of Cannabis: An Interdisciplinary Course ~ Meghan R. Johnston

Connecting Chemistry to Social Justice in a Seminar Course for Chemistry Majors ~ Aren E. Gerdon

How Safe Is Your Playground? Analyzing Soil in Scottish Schools through a University Outreach Project ~ Debra Willison, Christine M. Davidson, and Fraser J. Scott

Characterization and Electrochemical Analysis of Microelectrodes and the Interface with a Fabricated 3D-Printed Microfluidic Chip in an Upper-Division Analytical Course ~ Chelsea DeLeon, Tara Tabibi, and Asmira Alagic

Teaching Chemistry Using Plants

Demonstrating Real-World Applications of Chemistry in Customs Laboratories Facilitating Global Trade and Regulation by Guiding Students through Organoleptic Assessment of Olive Oil Using Their Senses of Taste and Smell ~ Adriano Francescangeli

Enhancing Interdisciplinary and Systems Thinking with an Integrative Plant Chemistry Module Applied in Diverse Undergraduate Course Settings ~ Lucas Busta and Sabrina E. Russo

K-5 Thin-Layer Chromatography: Three-Dimensional Analysis of Pigments from Plant Materials Using an Interlocking Building-Block Photography Box ~ Melissa Saldaña, Stephanie A. Valenzuela, Sarah R. Moor, Pedro Metola, and Eric V. Anslyn

Separation of Anthocyaninic and Nonanthocyaninic Flavonoids by Liquid–Liquid Extraction Based on Their Acid–Base Properties: A Green Chemistry Approach ~ Cátia I. Sampaio, Luís F. Sousa, and Alice M. Dias

How Should Apples Be Prepared for a Fruit Salad? A Guided Inquiry Physical Chemistry Experiment ~ Renée S. Cole, Marc Muniz, Erica Harvey, Robert Sweeney, and Sally Hunnicutt

Laboratory Instruction with Real-World Context

Introductory Chemistry Laboratory: Quantum Mechanics and Color ~ Dana Rubenstein, William Patterson, Iris Peng, Francisco Schunk, Adriana Mendoza-Garcia, Mengjie Lyu, and Li-Qiong Wang

Hydrolysis of Triglycerides in Cream Using Porcine Pancreatic Lipase ~ Forest Robertson and Linda Passaro

Development of an Electrochemical Sensor Using Pencil Graphite Electrode for Monitoring UV-Induced DNA Damage ~ Soha Ahmadi, Hamid Fini, Talia Ho, Paniz Jalali Nadoushan, Heinz-Bernhard Kraatz, and Kagan Kerman

Approaching Diesel Fuel Quality in Chemistry Lab Classes: Undergraduate Student’s Achievements on Determination of Biodiesel Content in Diesel Oil Applying Solvatochromic Effect ~ Rafael Cavalcante dos Santos, Juliane Natalizi Cabral Cavalcanti, Elisa Carneiro Werneck do Carmo, Fernando Costa de Souza, Wesley Garcia Soares, Cristiane Gimenes de Souza, Débora França de Andrade, and Luiz Antonio d’Avila

A Course of Hands-On Nanopore Experiments for Undergraduates: Single-Molecule Detection with Portable Electrochemical Instruments ~ Zheng-Li Hu, Yi-Lun Ying, Ming-Zhu Huo, Xuan-Feng Kong, Xiao-Dong Yu, Jian-Rong Zhang, and Yi-Tao Long


Using Recycled Bacterial Culture Media to Demonstrate Anti-Counterfeiting Measures and Ninhydrin Tests with “Turn Off Fluorescence” to High School Students ~ Anadi Gupta and Vishal Mishra

Photochemical Synthesis of Solvatochromic Fluorophore from the C–C Coupling Reaction for Undergraduate Laboratory Experiment ~ Rong Miao, Jing Li, Zhenshan Luo, Haiqi Yu, Taihong Liu, and Yu Fang

Exploring Spectroscopy

Physical Principles of Circular Dichroism ~ Steven S. Andrews and James Tretton

Introduction to Femtochemistry: Excited-State Proton Transfer from Pyranine to Water Studied by Femtosecond Transient Absorption ~ Pascale Changenet, Thomas Gustavsson, and Isabelle Lampre

Accessible and Interactive Learning of Spectroscopic Parameterization through Computer-Aided Training ~ Justin Marlowe and George Tsilomelekis (open access without a subscription)


Constructing an Electronic Calorimeter That Students Can Use to Make Thermochemical and Analytical Determinations during Laboratory Experiments ~ Josu Lopez-Gazpio and Inigo Lopez-Gazpio

Derivation of the Theoretical Minimum Energy of Separation of Desalination Processes ~ Li Wang, Camille Violet, Ryan M. DuChanois, and Menachem Elimelech (open access without a subscription)

Examination and Improvement of Undergraduate Laboratory Experiment: Thermodynamics of a Surfactant Micellization ~ Qian Zhang, Jie Liu, Xiao Nai, Hongcui Bao, Dezhi Sun, and Min Liu

Introducing Structure–Energy Concepts of RNA at the Undergraduate Level: Nearest Neighbor Thermodynamics and NMR Spectroscopy of a GAGA Tetraloop ~ Gaius Takor, Christopher E. Morgan, Liang-Yuan Chiu, Nashea Kendrick, Emily Clark, Rohan Jaiswal, and Blanton S. Tolbert

Chemical Education Research

Exploring Students’ Explanations of Energy Transfer and Transformation ~ Michael Macrie-Shuck and Vicente Talanquer

Examining the Psychometric Properties of the Redox Concept Inventory: A Rasch Approach ~ Ying Jin, Christian A. Rodriguez, Lisa Shah, and Gregory T. Rushton

Exploring Undergraduate Students’ Abilities to Collect and Interpret Formative Assessment Data ~ Young Ae Kim, Emily Monroe, Hayley Nielsen, Jonathan Cox, Katelyn M. Southard, Lisa Elfring, Paul Blowers, and Vicente Talanquer

Analyzing Chemistry Teachers’ Formative Assessment Practices Using Formative Assessment Portfolio Chapters ~ Timothy N. Abell and Hannah Sevian

Chemistry Education and the Post-constructivist Perspective of Bruno Latour ~ Donald. J. Wink

From the Archives: Photography

Several articles in this issue involve photographic processes:

A Photographic Process Using Easily Available Reagents 

K-5 Thin-Layer Chromatography: Three-Dimensional Analysis of Pigments from Plant Materials Using an Interlocking Building-Block Photography Box

Photography has been featured in past issues since the earliest issues of JCE, including:

Integrating Aesthetics Education into Chemistry Education: Students Perceive, Appreciate, Explore, and Create the Beauty of Chemistry in Scientific Photography Activity ~ Yizhou Ling, Jiamin Xiang, Kai Chen, Junyao Zhang, and Hongyan Ren

Photochemistry and Pinhole Photography: An Interdisciplinary Experiment ~ Angeliki A. Rigos and Kevin Salemme

Understanding Photography as Applied Chemistry: Using Talbot’s Calotype Process To Introduce Chemistry to Design Students ~ Esther S. Rösch and Silke Helmerdig

The Chemistry of Photography: Still a Terrific Laboratory Course for Nonscience Majors ~ Simeen Sattar

Writing with Sunlight: Recreating a Historic Experiment ~ Simeen Sattar and Robert J. Olsen

The Chemistry of Photographic Color Dye Formation ~ Bruce E. Kahn

Cyanotype was featured in the July 2019 issue highlights as: Printing the Archives: Cyanotype

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 Journal of Chemical Education —including the December 2020 issue described above. Articles that are edited and published online ahead of print (ASAP—As Soon As Publishable) are also available. (For more information on how to access the  articles cited above, see Deanna Cullen’s post on Accessing Cited Articles.)

Do you have something to share? Write it up for the Journal! In particular, consider submitting to the special issue of JCE on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect in Chemistry Education Research and Practice (deadline is April 12, 2021).

Erica Jacobsen’s Commentary continues to provide excellent advice about becoming an author. In addition, numerous author resources are available on JCE’s ACS website, including the Author Guidelines and Document Templates. The ACS Publishing Center also has resources for preparing and reviewing manuscripts for ACS journals.