JCE 95.04 April 2018 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education April 2018 Cover

Placing Chemistry into a World Context

The April 2018 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: service-learning, safety, investigating student understanding of solutions, environmental chemistry, green chemistry, waste management, acid-base chemistry, natural products, materials science, activities and laboratory investigations, teaching resources, diving into the archives: marine chemistry.

Cover: Service-Learning 

Analytical chemistry students participated in service learning by quantifying sucralose and other analytes in water from water-treatment wetlands, as discussed by Emily C. Heider, Domenic Valenti, Ruth L. Long, Amel Garbou, Matthew Rex, and James K. Harper in their article . Sucralose, an artificial sweetener, is a potential marker of anthropogenic waste in natural waters. The project engaged students using a real-world application and expanded the students’ analytical repertoire to include sampling strategy, standard addition calibration, solid-phase extraction techniques, liquid chromatography, and mass spectrometry. At the completion of the course, students presented the results in a public seminar. Assessments of the participating students show that they perceived improved self-efficacy while demonstrating comparable content proficiency, relative to students in a conventional analytical chemistry course. For another example of service-learning, see:

~ Stan Najmr, Joanna Chae, Mara L. Greenberg, Cory Bowman, Ira Harkavy, and Jenine R. Maeyer


In this month’s Editorial, Thomas Holme and James Hutchison advocate for . They argue that ”establishing an overarching learning outcome for chemistry courses presents a flexible approach for embracing the challenge posed by our unique history and catalyzing future contributions to society through the students we educate.”


~ Irene G. Cesa, David C. Finster, Samuella B. Sigmann, and Monique R. Wilhelm

~ Ericka M. Huston, John A. Milligan, Jaclyn R. Powell, Ashley M. Smith, David Neal, Keith M. Duval, Mark A. DiNardo, Charles Stoddard, Peter A. Bell, Aric W. Berning, Peter Wipf, and George C. Bandik

~ Mieko Kumasaki, Takuro Shoji, Tsung-Chih Wu, Khantong Soontarapa, Mitsuru Arai, Takaaki Mizutani, Ken Okada, Yoshitada Shimizu, and Yasuhiro Sugano

Investigating Student Understanding of Solutions

~ Timothy N. Abell and Stacey Lowery Bretz

~ Kinsey Bain and Marcy H. Towns

Environmental Chemistry 

~ N. W. May, S. M. McNamara, S. Wang, K. R. Kolesar, J. Vernon, J. P. Wolfe, D. Goldberg, and K. A. Pratt

~ Christian Zowada, Ozcan Gulacar, and Ingo Eilks

~ Aaron Eveleigh, Paul Hellier, Viktor Kärcher, and Midhat Talibi  (available to non-subscribers as part of the ACS program)

~ Dwayne A. Bell and Jesse C. Marcum

~ Penny Snetsinger and Eid Alkhatib

Green Chemistry

~ Rebecca A. Haley, Jessica M. Ringo, Heather Hopgood, Kendra Leahy Denlinger, Anushree Das, and Daniel C. Waddell

~ Russell Hopson, Po Yin Bowie Lee, and Kathleen M. Hess

Waste Management

~ James von Dollen, Sofia Oliva, Sarah Max, and Jennifer Esbenshade

 ~ Julia G. Ramm, Gabryel L. Dorscheid, Camila. G. Passos, and Carla Sirtori

Acid–Base Chemistry

~ Ingo Eilks, Ozcan Gulacar, and Jose Sandoval

~ Mikhail Kurushkin and Dmitry Kurushkin

~ Philippe H. Mercier

Natural Products

~ Janice Wharton, Isaac Izaguirre, Alayna Surdock, Michael VandenBerg, Shane Bolhuis, Joshua Howard, and Mark Muyskens

~ Bruce W. Baldwin and Thomas S. Kuntzleman

Materials Science

~ Fernando Luna Vera, Marcelo Guancha Chalapud, Ingrid Castillo Viveros, and Edgar Alexander Vásquez Medina

~ Vivien L. Cherrette, Connor J. Hutcherson, Jeremy L. Barnett, and Monica C. So

Activities and Laboratory Investigations 

~ Anjli Kumar, Lauren A. McCarthy, Sarah M. Rehn, Dayne F. Swearer, Ryan N. Newell, Sofia Gereta, Eduardo Villarreal, Sadegh Yazdi, and Emilie Ringe

~ N. Stojilovic

~ Nicholas G. White

~ Rachel C. Beck and Mitzy A. Erdmann

~ Dezhong Yin, Jinhua Chen, Bin Gu, and Wangchang Geng

Teaching Resources

~ Gemma D. D’Ambruoso, Matthew E. Cremeens, and Brett R. Hendricks

~ Eric J. Davis, Michael Jones, D. Alex Thiel, and Steve Pauls

~ Yingbin Ge

Diving into the Archives: Marine Chemistry

The ACS annual event in April, (CCEW), brings international focus to environmental topics, such as clean air, water, and energy, to illustrate the positive role chemistry plays in understanding and preserving the Earth. In honor the CCEW 2018 theme, Dive into Marine Chemistry, the articles, activities, and laboratory experiments listed below provide ideas and suggestions for bringing environmental chemistry to students on exploring marine chemistry, examining seawater and properties of sea salt, and investigating ocean acidification.

Exploring Marine Chemistry

 ~ Paul J. Scheuer

~ Jeffrey J. Keaffaber, Ramiro Palma, and Kathryn R. Williams

Hal Van Ryswyk, Eric W. Hall, Steven J. Petesch, and Alice E. Wiedeman

~ F. Calascibetta, L. Campanella, G. Favero, and L. Nicoletti

Examining Seawater and Properties of Sea Salt

~ Jodye I. Selco, Julian L. Roberts Jr., and Daniel B. Wacks 

 ~  Dean J. Campbell, Emily R. Brewer, Keri A. Martinez, and Tamara J. Fitzjarrald

~ Gregg J. Lumetta and Edgar Arcia

~ Thomas S. Kuntzleman

Investigating Ocean Acidification

~ Jeffrey M. Buth

~ Alokya P. Perera and A. M. R. P. Bopegedera

~ Brian J. Bozlee, Maria Janebo, and Ginger Jahn

Using the Journal To Place Chemistry in Context

With 95 volumes of the Journal of Chemical Education to examine, you will always find something to explore—including the , and many more, in the . Articles that are edited and published online ahead of print () are also available.

Do you have something to share? Write it up for the Journal! For some advice on becoming an author, it’s always very helpful to read . In addition, numerous , including recently updated: and