JCE 93.09 September 2016 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education September 2016

Engaging Student Interest and Inquiry

The September 2016 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: copper chemistry; safety; using brewing to teach chemistry; 3D-printed models; learning using games; open-ended approaches to teaching; innovative methods to teach biochemistry; polymer chemistry; organic synthesis labs; teaching physical chemistry; chemistry field trips.

Copper Chemistry


Reactions in gels help make a chemical process visual by slowing down the reaction rate, which allows students to observe a reaction process in detail. In , Xinhua Xu, Meifen Wu, Xiaogang Wang, Yangyiwei Yang, Xiang Shi, and Guoping Wang describe an experiment in which the reaction process of copper–aluminum displacement in agar gel was observed at the microscopic level with a stereomicroscope. As shown on the cover, pine-like branches of copper crystals growing from aluminum surface into gel at a constant rate were observed. Students were asked to make hypotheses about the pattern formation and to design new research approaches to prove their hypotheses. Using this method, students carry out an experiment based on a specific chemical equation while also encountering the concepts of crystal growth and microcells through dramatic images of real-time change and visible crystal growth.

Laboratory experiments involving the chemistry of copper are also featured in:

~ A. M. R. P. Bopegedera

~ Marek Gliński, Urszula Ulkowska, and Ewa Iwanek


Safety should always be a concern in the chemistry classroom and laboratory. In the commentary , Robert H. Hill Jr. discusses how safety education is absent in the chemistry curriculum and how to change this shortcoming.

Using Brewing To Teach Chemistry

~  Luke McDermott

~ Rudi P. Nielsen, Jens L. Sørensen, Morten E. Simonsen, Henrik T. Madsen, Jens Muff, Morten Strandgaard, and Erik G. Søgaard

3D-Printed Models

~ Karen Smiar and J. D. Mendez

~ Natalie L. Dean, Corrina Ewan, and J. Scott McIndoe

~ Kaitlyn M. Griffith, Riccardo de Cataldo, and Keir H. Fogarty

~ Matthew O’Brien

Learning Using Games

~ Mikhail Kurushkin and Maria Mikhaylenko

~ Julia Winter, Michael Wentzel, and Sonia Ahluwalia

Open-Ended Approaches to Teaching

~ Iñigo Rodríguez‐Arteche and M. Mercedes Martínez‐Aznar

~ Chisato Izutani, Daisuke Fukagawa, Makoto Miyasita, Masaki Ito, Natsuhiko Sugimura, Reiko Aoyama, Takahiro Gotoh, Toshimichi Shibue, Yoko Igarashi, and Hiroshi Oshio

~ Courtney Stanford, Alena Moon, Marcy Towns, and Renée Cole

Innovative Methods to Teach Biochemistry

~ Timea Gerczei

~ Tor Yip, Louise Melling, and Kirsty J. Shaw

~ Dušica D. Milenković, Tamara N. Hrin, Mirjana D. Segedinac, and Saša Horvat

Polymer Chemistry

~ Mitchell R. M. Bruce, Alice E. Bruce, Shirly Avargil, François G. Amar, Thomas M. Wemyss, and Virginia J. Flood

~ Nedal Y. Abu‐Thabit

~ Roselyne B. Tchoua, Jian Qin, Debra J. Audus, Kyle Chard, Ian T. Foster, and Juan de Pablo

Organic Synthesis Labs

~ John J. Murphy, Ross B. Driver, Ria Walsh, and John C. Stephens

~ Michael J. B. Kelly, Lucas B. Fallot, Jeffrey L. Gustafson, and B. Mikael Bergdahl

~ Holly D. Bendorf, Emily N. Vebrosky, and Brian J. Eck

Teaching Physical Chemistry

~ Stephen R. Miller

~ Chao Fan and Richard M. Pashley

~ Cristián Huck‐Iriart, Ariel De‐Candia, Javier Rodriguez, and Carlos Rinaldi

~ William R. Martin, Ada S. Davidson, and David W. Ball

~ Xinhua Xu

~ Romain Privat, Jean‐Noël Jaubert, Etienne Berger, Lucie Coniglio, Cécile Lemaitre, Dimitrios Meimaroglou, and Valérie Warth

~ Vinícius Wilian D. Cruzeiro, Adrian Roitberg, and Nicolas C. Polfer

Distilling the Archives: Chemistry Field Trips

Brian J. Malbrecht, Michael G. Campbell, Yu‐Sheng Chen, and Shao‐Liang Zheng discuss . Using field trips to make chemistry connections have been explored in past issues of the Journal. For example, see:

~ Jenelle Ball

~ Katherine B. Aubrecht, Linda Padwa, Xiaoqi Shen, and Gloria Bazargan

~ Keith E. Peterman

~ C. H. Breedlove Jr.

~ Kaya Forest and Sierra Rayne

~ Linda A. Luck and Ryan M. Blondo

~ S. K. Lunsford, Nicole Speelman, Amber Yeary, and William Slattery

JCE Engages Interest and Inquiry

With 93 volumes of the Journal of Chemical Education to explore, you will always find something interesting and worth inquiry—including the , and many more, in . Articles that are edited and published online ahead of print () are also available.

Do you have something engaging to share? Write it up for the Journal! For some advice on becoming an author, read . In addition, numerous author resources are available on JCE’s ACS Web site, including: , , and . The Journal has issued a call for papers on , so consider submitting a contribution to our next special issue (deadline: October 24, 2016).