JCE 97.03 March 2020 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education March 2020 Cover

Developing Students’ Scientific Reasoning

The March 2020 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: nanochemistry; innovative curriculum; teaching with games; teaching with food chemistry and natural products; infrared applications; analysis using color, images, and visualization; environmental chemistry; computer-aided organic chemistry; synthesis laboratories; physical chemistry; graduate school climate assessment; chemical education research: introductory chemistry and student success.

Cover: Nanochemistry

Photonic crystals are structures that form their color by diffraction rather than by electronic transition. In , George Lisensky, Fabian Dauzvardis, Jiaqi Luo, Jacob Horger, and Emma Koenig present a laboratory experiment in which students create their own synthetic opal (microfuge tubes) to template an inverse opal (background SEM image) while using two forms of polymerization. During the experiment, students synthesize ~250 nm poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) spheres. The spheres are self-assembled by sedimentation and capillary evaporation, and these close-packed structures exhibit opalescence because the repeat distance is similar to the wavelength of light. Students gain exposure to polymers, nanochemistry, photonics, and self-assembly to measure the size of the PMMA nanospheres by four different methods. This experiment provides students with opportunities to collaborate and work on multiple related experiments at once.

Other nanochemistry articles in this issue include:

~ George Lisensky, Ross McFarland-Porter, Weltha Paquin, and Kangying Liu

~ Y. Randika Perera, Taylor M. South, Alex C. Hughes, Ashlyn N. Parkhurst, Olivia C. Williams, Mackenzie B. Davidson, Chloe A. Wilks, Debra A. Mlsna, and Nicholas C. Fitzkee

~ Mady Elbahri

~ Daniel M. Gruber, Tynan Perez, Bege Q. Layug, Margaret Ohama, Lydia Tran, Luis Angel Flores Rojas, A. Xavier Garcia, Gang-yu Liu, and William J. W. Miller


In his editorial, , Editor-in-Chief Tom Holme discusses the recent update to the and examines the most significant  change: allowing authors to deposit an initial draft of their manuscript in a preprint repository such as . The commentary by Klaus Schmidt-Rohr discusses the .

Innovative Curriculum

~ Scott A. Reid

~ Clinton G.L. Veale, Vineet Jeena, and Siphamandla Sithebe

~ Karine Molvinger, Rose-Marie Ayral, and Jean-Sébastien Filhol

Teaching with Games

~ Jennifer Fishovitz, Garland L. Crawford, and Kathryn D. Kloepper

~ José Nunes da Silva Júnior, Mary Anne Sousa Lima, Ulisses Silva de Sousa, David Macedo do Nascimento, Antonio José Melo Leite Junior, Kimberly Benedetti Vega, Béatrice Roy, and Jean-Yves Winum

~ Victor T. C. Paiva, Eduardo Parma, and Regina Buffon

Teaching with Food Chemistry and Natural Products

~ Stephen C. Cheng, Vincent E. Ziffle, and Ryan C. King

~ Yolanda Navarro, Raquel Soengas, María José Iglesias, and Fernando López Ortiz

~ Suzanne Carpenter and Jason Beck

~ Rong Yang, Yang Y. Hu, Si Huang, Zheng F. Fang, Ming Ma, and Bo Chen

Infrared Applications

~ Neil Garrido, Anaïs Pitto-Barry, Joan J. Soldevila-Barreda, Alexandru Lupan, Louise Comerford Boyes, William H. C. Martin, and Nicolas P. E. Barry

~ Travis C. Green, Rebekkah H. Gresh, Desiree A. Cochran, Kaitlyn A. Crobar, Peter M. Blass, Alexis D. Ostrowski, Dean J. Campbell, Charles Xie, and Andrew T. Torelli

Analysis Using Color, Images, and Visualization

~ Santiago Vargas, Siavash Zamirpour, Shreya Menon, Arielle Rothman, Florian Häse, Teresa Tamayo-Mendoza, Jonathan Romero, Sukin Sim, Tim Menke, and Alán Aspuru-Guzik

~ Marianna Manninen, Veli-Matti Vesterinen, and Juha-Pekka Salminen

~ Sarah L. Bliese, Deanna O’Donnell, Abigail A. Weaver, and Marya Lieberman (available to non-subscribers as part of ACS AuthorChoice program)

~ Song Wei Benjamin Tan, Pavan Kumar Naraharisetti, Siew Kian Chin, and Lai Yeng Lee

~ Yizhou Ling, Pengwen Chen, Juan Li, Junyao Zhang, and Kai Chen

Environmental Chemistry

~ Logan Dameris, Hannah Frerker, and H. Darrell Iler

~ Kelly A. Rodriguez-Vasquez, Aaron M. Cole, Desislava Yordanova, Rachel Smith, and Nathanael M. Kidwell

Computer-Aided Organic Chemistry

~ Michael W. Pelter, Mitchell T. Howell, Cassandra Anderson, and Aryana Sayeed

~ Valeria V. Acuna, Rachel M. Hopper, and Ryan J. Yoder

~ Ronald Soong, Brent G. Pautler, Arvin Moser, Amy Jenne, Daniel H. Lysak, Antonio Adamo, and Andre J. Simpson

Synthesis Laboratories

~ Ryan P. King, Alexander J. Wagner, Alexander Burtea, and Susan M. King

~ Ethan C. Cagle, Victoria L. Stanford, Jacqueline A. Nikles, and Gary M. Gray

Physical Chemistry

~ Jessica Iribe, Terianne Hamada, Hyesoo Kim, Matt Voegtle, and Christina A. Bauer

~ Arthur M. Halpern and Robert J. Noll

~ Arthur M. Halpern and Robert J. Noll

~ Ted H. Yu

~ Marc Frodyma

~ Candice H. Cortney and V. V. Krishnan

Graduate School Climate Assessment

~ Madeleine S. Beasley, Margaret A. Lumley, Tesia D. Janicki, Rebeca L. Fernandez, Lydia H. Manger, Trisha Tucholski, Nicole C. Thomas, Lauren D. Whitmire, Andrea Lawson, and Andrew R. Buller

Chemical Education Research: Introductory Chemistry and Student Success

~ Vanessa R. Ralph and Scott E. Lewis

~ Cory Hensen, Gosia Glinowiecka-Cox, and Jack Barbera

~ Molly B. Atkinson, Sandhya Krishnan, LaShawn A. McNeil, Julie A. Luft, and Norbert J. Pienta

~ Rosa Betancourt-Pérez, Julio Rodríguez, and Lorell Muñoz-Hernández

From the Archives: Using Dice To Let the Chemistry Learning Roll

The use of dice for teaching has appeared in the Journal since its earliest issues, including the game “chemical dice” as described in a 1935 article by William E. Caldwell:

A second game which has been found amusing, and which is not original with us, is “chemical dice”. Symbols of metals may be placed on the faces of each of three wooden cubes, each face having one symbol. Symbols for non-metals or non-metallic radicals are placed on faces of three other cubes. The six dice are rolled some given number of times and the player tries to match up top faces to obtain molecular formulas. Fun and trouble for the player may be caused by putting symbols of rare gas or rare earth elements on some facets. Sub-numerals to cause valence difficulty may be used beneath symbols.

Eighty-five years later, this issue includes in which Jessica Iribe, Terianne Hamada, Hyesoo Kim, Matt Voegtle, and Christina A. Bauer use dice to teach kinetic principles. Other articles found in the intervening years that use dice in a variety of ways to teach chemistry concepts include:

~ Lionel J. Edmonson Jr. and Don L. Lewis

~ Donald J. Olbris and Judith Herzfeld

~ Donald J. Olbris and Judith Herzfeld

~ Emeric Schultz

~ Eduardo Triboni and Gabriel Weber

~ Patrick E. Fleming

~ Anthony K. Grafton

~ James A. Hebda and Zachary Aamold

~ A. Lotz

~ Nicolas Dietrich

On a Roll with JCE 

Explore ideas for teaching and learning of chemistry in the 97 volumes of the —including . 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! provides excellent advice about becoming an author. In addition, numerous , including the revised and . In addition, the , has resources for preparing and reviewing manuscripts for ACS journals.