JCE 94.11 November 2017 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education November 2017 Cover

Polymer Concepts across the Curriculum

The November 2017 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. The entire issue is focused on polymer concepts across the curriculum. This special issue provides useful ideas and tools for chemistry instructors of all levels.

Cover: Polymer Concepts across the Curriculum

Plastics, fibers, elastomers, and adhesives pervade our daily lives, ranging from commodity items made from poly(ethylene) and poly(vinyl chloride) to high-tech materials for aerospace, electronics, and medicine. Some are natural biopolymers such as cellulose and wool; most are products of synthetic chemistry. Because of the real-world applications experienced every day, students are motivated to learn about how polymers are made; how the unique thermal, mechanical, and optical properties of polymers are possible because of long-chain molecules. In response to a call for papers on polymer chemistry, this Journal of Chemical Education special issue provides useful ideas and tools for chemistry instructors of all levels, including foundational undergraduate courses as well as secondary school, general, and advanced chemistry courses, in addition to outreach efforts such as workshops and demonstrations for the public. These papers offer ideas and models for instructors to incorporate polymer chemistry into their own courses.


Warren T. Ford served as the guest editor for this special issue. As a professor at Oklahoma State University, he taught organic chemistry and polymer chemistry for many years before retiring to teach at Portland State University. In his Editorial, he introduces and contextualizes .

Polymers in the Curriculum

~ Laura L. Kosbar and Thomas J. Wenzel

~ Charles E. Carraher Jr., Erik Berda, Frank D. Blum, John P. Droske, Warren T. Ford, Bob A. Howell, John M. Long, and Sarah E. Morgan

~ Patricio Flores-Morales, Víctor H. Campos-Requena, Nicolás Gatica, Carla Muñoz, Mónica A. Pérez, Bernabé L. Rivas, Susana A. Sánchez, Mario Suwalsky, Yesid Tapiero, and Bruno F. Urbano

Polymer Chemistry Courses

~ Chin Han Chan, Christopher M. Fellows, Michael Hess, Roger C. Hiorns, Voravee P. Hoven, Gregory T. Russell, Cláudio G. dos Santos, Adriana Šturcová, and Patrick Theato

~ H. N. Cheng and Bob A. Howell

~ Spence C. Pilcher

~ Solaire A. Finkenstaedt-Quinn, Audrey S. Halim, Timothy G. Chambers, Alena Moon, R. S. Goldman, Anne Ruggles Gere, and Ginger V. Shultz

Introductory Activities and Demonstrations

~ Jeffrey M. Ting, Ralm G. Ricarte, Deborah K. Schneiderman, Stacey A. Saba, Yaming Jiang, Marc A. Hillmyer, Frank S. Bates, Theresa M. Reineke, Christopher W. Macosko, and Timothy P. Lodge (This article is available to non-subscribers through ACS AuthorChoice.)

~ Rose K. Cersonsky, Leanna L. Foster, Taeyong Ahn, Ryan J. Hall, Harry L. van der Laan, and Timothy F. Scott

~ A. M. R. P. Bopegedera (Also discussed in Erica Jacobsen's .)

~ Jessica L. Enlow, Dawn M. Marin, and Michael G. Walter

~ Cameron L. Brown, Meredith H. Barbee, Jeong Hoon Ko, Heather D. Maynard, and Stephen L. Craig

~ David S. Warren, Sam P. H. Sutherland, Jacqueline Y. Kao, Geoffrey R. Weal, and Sean M. Mackay

~ Jialong Shen and Alan E. Tonelli

General Chemistry

~ John W. Moore and Conrad L. Stanitski

~ Chris P. Schaller, Kate J. Graham, Henry V. Jakubowski, and Brian J. Johnson

~ Kevin Tkacz, Samuel T. E. Nitz, William White, and Shane Ardo

~ Wanda J. Guedens and Monique Reynders

Organic Chemistry

~ Gary E. Wnek

~ Bob A. Howell

~ Joel I. Shulman

~ Mary L. Harrell and David E. Bergbreiter

~ Jay Wm. Wackerly and James F. Dunne

Inorganic Chemistry

~ Daniel T. de Lill and Charles E. Carraher Jr.

~ Taylor B. Longenberger, Kaleigh M. Ryan, William Y. Bender, Anna-Katharina Krumpfer, and Joseph W. Krumpfer

~ Donald J. Darensbourg

Analytical Chemistry

~ Nicole M. Dickson-Karn

~ Cornelia Rosu, Rafael Cueto, Lucas Veillon, Connie David, Roger A. Laine, and Paul S. Russo

Polymers and Green Chemistry

~ Glenn A. Hurst

~ Cassandra M. Knutson, Deborah K. Schneiderman, Ming Yu, Cassidy H. Javner, Mark D. Distefano, and Jane E. Wissinger

~ Claudia J. Bode, Clint Chapman, Atherly Pennybaker, and Bala Subramaniam

~ Stephan Enthaler

From the Archives: A Feast of Polymer Activities

The Journal of Chemical Education has a long history of publishing polymer chemistry content. A sampling of some of the polymer activities in JCE in past issues include:

~ Yunusa Umar

~ JCE staff

~ E.Z. Casassa, A.M. Sarquis, and C.H. Van Dyke

~ Brett Criswell

~ Yueh-Huey Chen, Jia-Ying Lin, Li-Pin Lin, Han Liang, and Jing-Fun Yaung; ~ Yueh-Huey Chen, Jia-Ying Lin, Yu-Chen Wang, and Jing-Fun Yaung

~ Collin R. Howder, Kyle D. Groen, and Thomas S. Kuntzleman; ~ Thomas S. Kuntzleman, Dakota J. Mork, Levi D. Norris, and Christopher D. Maniére-Spencer (These two papers are discussed further at ChemEdX in by Tom Kuntzleman)

~ Sean P. Mc Ilrath, Nicholas J. Robertson, and Robert J. Kuchta

~ Kendra A. Erk, Morgan Rhein, Matthew J. Krafcik, and Sophie Ydstie

~ Adi Sahar-Halbany, Jennifer M. Vance, and Charles Michael Drain

~ Melissa Hemling, John A. Crooks, Piercen M. Oliver, Katie Brenner, Jennifer Gilbertson, George C. Lisensky, and Douglas B. Weibel

~ Dean J. Campbell, Richard B. Villarreal, and Tamara J. Fitzjarrald

Look to JCE for Many Concepts across the Curriculum

With over 94 years of content from the Journal of Chemical Education available, many concepts in chemistry have been discussed extensively—including the , and many more, in . Articles that are edited and published online ahead of print () are also available.