JCE 98.03 March 2021 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education March 2021 Cover

Journal of Chemical Education March 2021 Issue

The of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: lunar exploration and the chemistry classroom; teaching and learning remotely; experiments with color and natural products; materials science; introductory computational chemistry; guided inquiry activities; demonstrations and apparatus; teaching organic chemistry; biochemistry; chemical education research: introductory chemistry; from the archives: choose your own adventure and chemical escape rooms.

Cover: Lunar Exploration and the Chemistry Classroom

With resurgent lunar exploration and expansion of the commercial space sector, serious scholarship, planning, and resources have focused on extracting and using lunar materials to sustain activity in space. In , Joshua D. Kittle, Michael W. Duff, and John M. Engesser use this engaging, interdisciplinary, space-oriented topic to excite and inspire chemistry students, while reinforcing general chemistry concepts. (Image of moon courtesy of NASA. Image from NASA Moon Mineralogy Mapper showing water detected at high latitudes courtesy of ISRO/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Brown Univ./USGS.)

Other space-related content in this issue includes:

~ Amanda Duerden, Nicole Moon, and G. S. Grubbs


In the editorial , Tom Holme considers what basic research efforts of today are laying the groundwork for major advances in teaching and learning in the next 20 years and speculates about the Human Connectome Project and its mapping of brain structures and functions. (Available open access without a subscription.)

Teaching and Learning Remotely

~ Jakub L. Radzikowski, Luke C. Delmas, Alan C. Spivey, Jozef Youssef, and Roger Kneebone (ACS AuthorChoice: available open access without a subscription)

~ Brandi L. Baldock, Anthony L. Fernandez, Jimmy Franco, Brian A. Provencher, and Mark R. McCoy

~ Daniel R. Zuidema and Robert H. Zuidema

~ Elizabeth V. Jones, Carrie G. Shepler, and Michael J. Evans

~ Sehrish Maqsood, Samuel M. Kilpatrick, Chloe D. Truong, and Scott R. Lefler

~ Simoneta Caño de las Heras, Barbara Kensington-Miller, Brent Young, Vicente Gonzalez, Ulrich Krühne, Seyed Soheil Mansouri, and Saeid Baroutian

~ Fan Yang, Veronica Lai, Kea Legard, Stephanie Kozdras, Paloma L. Prieto, Shad Grunert, and Jason E. Hein

~ Samer Doughan and Anna Shahmuradyan

~ Ronald Soong, Amy Jenne, Daniel H. Lysak, Rajshree Ghosh Biswas, Antonio Adamo, Kris S. Kim, and Andre Simpson

For additional ideas related to teaching during COVID, see ”.

Experiments with Color and Natural Products

 ~ Brandon J. Orzolek and Marisa C. Kozlowski

~ Rolando M. Caraballo, Leila M. Saleh Medina, Sergio G. J. Gomez, Priscila Vensaus, and Mariana Hamer

~ Margherita Longoni and Silvia Bruni

~ Marianna Manninen, Veli-Matti Vesterinen, Anna-Kaisa Vainio, Heidi Korhonen, Maarit Karonen, and Juha-Pekka Salminen (ACS AuthorChoice: available open access without a subscription)

Materials Science

 ~ Takahiro Suzuki and Masayuki Inoue. (This experiment is explored further at ChemEdX by Tom Kuntzleman in .)

~ Alexander H. Greer, William Vauclain, Elijah Lee, Aidan Lowe, Jared Hoefner, Nikhil Chakraborty, Michael Fairorth, Neetish Sharma, Thomas Russell, Robert Esgro, Lisa Snyder, and Holly M. Golecki

~ Hyung Jun Park, Dong Jun Shin, and Junhua Yu (open access without a subscription)

~ Gabrielle C. Hoover, Andrew P. Dicks, and Dwight S. Seferos

~ Jared VanderZwaag, Hechao Du, and Liza Abraham

Introductory Computational Chemistry

~ Thomas H. Bindel

~ Hao Shang

Guided Inquiry Activities

~ Nicolas Dietrich, Mélanie Jimenez, Manuel Souto, Aaron W. Harrison, Christophe Coudret, and Eric Olmos

~ Jose M. Montejo Bernardo and Alfonso Fernández González

~ Lauren A. Warning and Krista Kobylianskii

~ John C. Goeltz and Lia A. Cuevas

~ Fiona Ponikwer and Bhavik Anil Patel (ACS Editors’ Choice: available open access without a subscription for a limited period)

~ José S. Torrecilla, Belén Gutiérrez-de-Rozas, and John C. Cancilla

Demonstrations and Apparatus

~ Paweł Bernard, Paweł Stelmachowski, Paweł Broś, Wacław Makowski, and Andrzej Kotarba (ACS AuthorChoice: available open access without a subscription)

~ Masatada Matsuoka and Takashiro Akitsu

~ Yunshan Bai, Guoling Li, Lei Li, Kewang Wang, Shirong Li, and Huanhuan Liu

Teaching Organic Chemistry 

In the Laboratory

~ Shanina Sanders Johnson, Leyte Winfield, and Shannon H. Sung

~ Itamar Luís Gonçalves, Leonardo Davi, Fernando Cidade Torres, Rômulo Faria Santos Canto, and Vera Lucia Eifler-Lima

~ Jie Yang, Yi Yuan, Jing Gu, Ao Li, Zhao Wei, and Qin Ouyang

~ Bailee Wathen, Emily Lanehart, Lena A. Woodis, and Anthony J. Rojas

In the Classroom

~ Custódia S. C. Fonseca, Marielba Zacarias, and Mauro Figueiredo

~ Oliver A. H. Jones, Paul G. Stevenson, Simone C. Hameka, Dale A. Osborne, Patrick D. Taylor, and Michelle J. S. Spencer

~ Isolde Sandler, Jason B. Harper, and Junming Ho

~ Jolanda Hermanns and David Keller


~ Nicholas F. Garza, Solaire A. Finkenstaedt-Quinn, Catherine A. Wilhelm, Kristin S. Koutmou, and Ginger V. Shultz

~ Vinícius Marquioni, Francis Morais Franco Nunes, and Maria Teresa Marques Novo-Mansur

~ Bojan Šarac and San Hadži (ACS AuthorChoice: available open access without a subscription)

~ Todd P. Silverstein

Chemical Education Research: Introductory Chemistry

~ Katherine Lazenby, Morgan E. Balabanoff, Nicole M. Becker, Alena Moon, and Jack Barbera

~ Jessica R. VandenPlas, Deborah G. Herrington, Alec D. Shrode, and Ryan D. Sweeder

~ Rebecca L. Sansom, Virginia Clinton-Lisell, and Lane Fischer 

~ Pinar Seda Cetin

From the Archives: Choose Your Own Adventure and Chemical Escape Rooms

In the March issue, Lauren A. Warning and Krista Kobylianskii describe to provide an online alternative for a laboratory activity. A choose-your-own-adventure activity as well as chemical escape rooms have been discussed in past articles including: 

~ John G. D’Angelo

~ Matthew J. Vergne, J. Dominic Smith, and Ryan S. Bowen

~ Jayden Wei Jie Ang, Yin Ni Annie Ng, and Rou Shen Liew

~ Ran Peleg, Malka Yayon, Dvora Katchevich, Mor Moria-Shipony, and Ron Blonder

~ Matthew J. Vergne, Joshua D. Simmons, and Ryan S. Bowen

~ David Watermeier and Bridget Salzameda

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

~ Nicolas Dietrich

~ Anabela Estudante and Nicolas Dietrich

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

~ Marta Ferreiro-González, Antonio Amores-Arrocha, Estrella Espada-Bellido, María José Aliaño-Gonzalez, Mercedes Vázquez-Espinosa, Ana V. González-de-Peredo, Pau Sancho-Galán, José Ángel Álvarez-Saura, Gerardo F. Barbero, and Cristina Cejudo-Bastante

Erica Jacobsen discussed bringing the popular genre of “escape rooms” into the chemistry classroom on ChemEdX in.

Readers and Authors of JCE Are Out of this World

Even in these times of disruption, there are always ideas for teaching and learning chemistry available in 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). Additional information about this special issue is available

 (available without a subscription) 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.