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Paper Snowflakes to Model Flat Symmetrical Molecules

Flat, symmetrical molecules can be modeled by folding a sheet of paper, cutting patterns into the folded structure, and unfolding to produce the flat paper models. The finished models resemble paper snowflakes, but have a variety of rotational symmetries. Template patterns for several molecules are available for download in the Supporting Information.

ChemEd X Talk: Making Chemistry Visible with Doug Ragan

ChemEd X Talks with Doug Ragan about how he uses colored magnets in his classroom to represent things such as subatomic particles, states of matter, balancing chemical equations, types of bonding, molecular geometry and much more. Join the conversation! Register for this 45 minute Zoom meeting to be held April 14th at 8pm EST.

ChemEd X Journal Club: Ceramics Applications in AP Chemistry

You are invited to participate in a zoom meeting hosted by Dr. Melanie J. Harvey, Johnson County Community College, on April 7 at 7:00 pm CST (8:00 pm EST) to discuss Dr. Christopher R. Vyhnal’s paper, “Curricular Materials on the Chemistry of Pottery, Including Thermodynamic Calculations for Redox Reactions in the 3-Stage Firing Process of Athenian Black- and Red-Figure Vases Produced from the Sixth-Fourth Centuries BCE,” published this year in the Journal of Chemical Education. Register early! This ChemEd X Journal Club is limited to the first 50 registrations. 

A short investigation of the use of pumpkin seed extracts in peroxyoxalate chemiluminescence demonstrations

In recent years, the fluorescence properties of pumpkin seeds have been highlighted on social media. When illuminated with a UV lamp, pumpkin seed extract appears orange/red to the human eye due to fluorescence associated with protochlorophyllide that is present in the seeds. Chlorophyll extracts can also be used as a fluorescent dye in “glowstick” chemiluminescence experiments. The similarities between chlorophylls and protochlorophyllide raised the question, is it possible to use pumpkin seed extract as a fluorescent dye in chemiluminescence experiments? In this short article, some results are reported from attempts to use pumpkin seed extracts for chemiluminescence experiments.