JCE 98.02 February 2021 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education February 2021 Cover

Journal of Chemical Education February 2021 Issue 

The of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. Topics featured in this issue include: classic demonstrations, teaching during COVID-19, encouraging future scientists, games for teaching organic chemistry, student understanding of bonding, project-based learning, safety, computer-aided instruction, scientific literature, curriculum innovations, examining assessment, material science, research experiences, laboratory experiments, from the archives: teaching with household materials.

Cover: Mercury Beating Heart

The mercury beating heart may be simultaneously the most appealing and least performed demonstration in a chemistry teacher’s toolkit. In this classic chemical demonstration, an oscillating redox reaction induces a rhythmic pattern of inverting polygons in a pool of mercury—reminiscent of a beating heart—and demonstrates redox chemistry that allows for the direct conversion of chemical energy to mechanical energy without involving a machine to accomplish the transfer. The visual effect is mesmerizing and provides a compelling introduction to the rich underlying science; however, the difficulty and time required to initiate and maintain regular oscillations often frustrates instructors and students, discouraging many from presenting this demonstration. In , Daniel Stribling, Christopher R. Brewer, and Kenneth A. Goldsby describe a simple device for reducing the setup time and increasing the duration of this classic yet underutilized chemical demonstration.

Other demonstrations discussed in this issue include:

~ Zhuoxuan Li, Ling Yuan, Mengfei Liu, Zhenfang Cheng, Juhua Zheng, Irving R. Epstein, and Qingyu Gao

~ Brian Jacobus Jozefus Timmer and Tiddo Jonathan Mooibroek (available open access without a subscription)


In the editorial , Tom Holme considers the importance of fostering widespread acceptance of vaccines for public health and the potential need for enhanced teaching and learning around the chemistry of molecular biology. (Available open access without a subscription.)

In this issue’s commentary, Jack Barbera, Nicole Naibert, Regis Komperda, and Thomas C. Pentecost encourage (open access without a subscription). 

Teaching during COVID-19

~ Alexander D. Jacobs

~ Soumen Giri and Paulami Dutta

For additional ideas related to teaching during COVID, see ”.

Encouraging Future Scientists

~ Renato Rogosic, Benjamin Heidt, Juliette Passariello-Jansen, Saga Björnör, Silvio Bonni, David Dimech, Rocio Arreguin-Campos, Joseph Lowdon, Kathia L. Jiménez Monroy, Manlio Caldara, Kasper Eersels, Bart van Grinsven, Thomas J. Cleij, and Hanne Diliën (available open access without a subscription)

~ Gregory S. Watson, David W. Green, and Jolanta A. Watson

~ Ravi Singh, Zhonghan Li, Richard Foster, and Nimesh Mistry

~ Johannes Pernaa, Gareth T. W. Law, and Sanjeev Ranjan

~ Jordan Harshman

Games for Teaching Organic Chemistry

~ Zilong Zhang, Phillmont Muktar, Christoper Ivan Wijaya Ong, Yulin Lam, and Fun Man Fung

~ Şenol Şen

Student Understanding of Bonding

~ Sarah E. Wegwerth, Jason S. Overby, Christopher J. Douglas, Julia E. Winter, Gianna J. Manchester, and Joseph Engalan

~ Sean C. Butler

~ Maurícius S. Pazinato, Flávia M. Bernardi, Ana Carolina G. Miranda, and Mara Elisa F. Braibante

~ Karine Molvinger, Gaëtan Lautier, and Rose-Marie Ayral

Project-Based Learning

~ Satoki Kodani and Nobuyoshi Koga

~ Jessica C. D’eon, Laura T. Stirchak, Abenen-Shepsu Brown, and Yusra Saifuddin

~ Miquel Barceló-Oliver, Carlos P. Cabello, Joan Torrens-Serra, Manuel Miró, Catalina Cabot, Rafael Bosch, and Montserrat R. Delgado

~ G. Festa, M. L. Saladino, V. Mollica Nardo, F. Armetta, V. Renda, G. Nasillo, R. Pitonzo, A. Spinella, M. Borla, E. Ferraris, V. Turina, and R. C. Ponterio

~ Sihe Zhang, Rui Xu, Hui Zhu, Ryan E. B. Kern, Madison G. Spillman, Evelyn S. Chen, Yaxin Deng, Shamy Shen, Sohyun Kwag, Elizabeth A. Clayton, Mary M. Mendelsohn, Azra N. Ozturk, Amy E. Burnham, Grace M. Erlinger, John P. Pederson, Carol Gelbaum, Charles L. Liotta, and Pamela Pollet

~ J. J. Kenneth Chng and Michael Yudistira Patuwo


~ Kechao Wu, Xinglong Jin, and Xiaoyan Wang

For additional ideas related to safety, see .

Computer-Aided Instruction

~ Lyniesha Wright and Maria Oliver-Hoyo

~ Charles J. Weiss

~ John S. O. Evans and Ivana Radosavljevic Evans

~ Tina Qin, Matt Cook, and Matt Courtney

~ Stephan M. Levonis, Amanda L. Tauber, and Stephanie S. Schweiker

~ Sunghwan Kim, Ehren C. Bucholtz, Kristin Briney, Andrew P. Cornell, Jordi Cuadros, Kristen D. Fulfer, Tanya Gupta, Evan Hepler-Smith, Dean H. Johnston, Andrew S.I.D. Lang, Delmar Larsen, Ye Li, Leah R. McEwen, Layne A. Morsch, Jennifer L. Muzyka, and Robert E. Belford (available open access without a subscription)

Scientific Literature 

~ Daniel A. King, Carie A. King, Daniel G. Hammond, and Patricia L. Stan

~ Field M. Watts, Jeffrey L. Spencer, and Ginger V. Shultz

Curriculum Innovations

~ Kimberly N. White, Kimberly Vincent-Layton, and Brandilynn Villarreal

~ Kristina R. Stefaniak, Merrie K. Winfrey, Anna C. Curtis, and Sarah A. Kennedy

~ Elijah R. Farley, Victoria Fringer, and Jacob W. Wainman

~ Benjamin Ragnar Sveinbjornsson

~ Jolanda Hermanns

~ William J. Howitz, Kate J. McKnelly, and Renée D. Link

~ David N. Kamber

Examining Assessment

~ Michelle Herridge and Vicente Talanquer

~ Emily L. Atieh, Darrin M. York, and Marc N. Muñiz

~ Kathryn N. Hosbein, Rosa Alvarez-Bell, Kristine L. Callis-Duehl, Victor Sampson, Steven F. Wolf, and Joi P. Walker

Material Science

~ Gail A. Vinnacombe-Willson, Naihao Chiang, Paul S. Weiss, Sarah H. Tolbert, and Leonardo Scarabelli

 ~ Ethan A. Gormong, Michael T. Wentzel, Boen Cao, Laura N. Kundel, Theresa M. Reineke, and Jane E. Wissinger

Research Experiences

~ Amie S. Sommers, Andrew W. Miller, Alan D. Gift, Dana L. Richter-Egger, Joshua P. Darr, and Christine E. Cutucache

~ Ashley Vater, Jaime Mayoral, Janelle Nunez-Castilla, Jason W. Labonte, Laura A. Briggs, Jeffrey J. Gray, Irina Makarevitch, Sharif M. Rumjahn, and Justin B. Siegel (available open access without a subscription)

~ Riley D. Kirk, Marina A. Carro, Christine Wu, Mohamad Jamal Aldine, Alex M. Wharton, Danielle G. Goldstein, Margaret E. Rosario, Gina M. Gallucci, Yiwen Zhao, Elizabeth Leibovitz, and Matthew J. Bertin

Laboratory Experiments

~ Xiaoyu Ma and Peter J. Swedlund

~ Pier F. Cirillo, Alexis Caccavale, and Alicia DeLuna

~ Maolin Sun, Chaoming Liang, Xinyuan Shen, Jianchang Li, Ruihua Cheng, and Jinxing Ye

~ Christian Ieritano, Carlee A. Montgomery, Julie M. Goll, and Ho Yin Chan

~ Emily H. Trinh, Anna M. Wolff, and Gregory R. Naumiec

~ Joel D. Collett, Jeanette A. Krause, and Hairong Guan

~ Shannon L. Goes, Mikayla N. Mayer, Jordan E. Nutting, Lena E. Hoober-Burkhardt, Shannon S. Stahl, and Mohammad Rafiee

~ Diego González-Flores, Gabriela Fernández, and Roberto Urcuyo

~ Hal Van Ryswyk, Aech Loar, Jacob Kelber, Zooey Meznarich, Jocelyn Sabin, Simone Griffith, and Leah E. Stevenson
~ Jacob White, Kimberly Costilow, Jacob Dotson, Robert Mauldin, Mattie Schanandore, and Denise Shockley

~ Mária Porubská, Klaudia Jomová, and Jana Braniša

~ Chikaodili E. Chukwuneke, Joshua O. Madu, and Bolade O. Agboola

~ M. Conde-Cid, D. Fernández-Calviño, and M. Arias-Estévez

~ Hui Wang, Zheyu Li, Jie Ding, and Nanqi Ren

From the Archives: Teaching with Household Materials

This issue includes an article on by Satoki Kodani and Nobuyoshi Koga. Articles from the laboratory of Nobuyoshi Koga often use household materials to explore chemistry. Additional articles in past issues of JCE from this lab include:

~ Masayoshi Nakano, Haruka Ogasawara, Takeshi Wada, and Nobuyoshi Koga (available open access without a subscription)

~ Mami Kakisako, Kazuyuki Nishikawa, Masayoshi Nakano, Kana S. Harada, Tomoyuki Tatsuoka, and Nobuyoshi Koga (available open access without a subscription)

~ Satoki Kodani, Masahiro Fukuda, Yoji Tsuboi, and Nobuyoshi Koga

~ Nobuyoshi Koga, Tomoyasu Kimura, and Kana Shigedomi

~ Takeshi Wada and Nobuyoshi Koga

~ Nobuyoshi Koga, Kana Shigedomi, Tomoyasu Kimura, Tomoyuki Tatsuoka, and Saki Mishima

~ Tomoyuki Tatsuoka and Nobuyoshi Koga

~ Suguru Kitabayashi, Masayoshi Nakano, Kazuyuki Nishikawa, and Nobuyoshi Koga (available open access without a subscription)

~ Tomoyuki Tatsuoka, Kana Shigedomi, and Nobuyoshi Koga (available open access without a subscription)

~ Yoong Kin Hooi, Masayoshi Nakano, and Nobuyoshi Koga

Readers Are at the Heart of JCE

Even in these times of disruption, there are always ideas for teaching and learning chemistry available in the —including the described above. 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! In particular, consider submitting to the special issue of JCE on (deadline is April 12, 2021).

continues to provide excellent advice about becoming an author. In addition, numerous , including the revised and . The also has resources for preparing and reviewing manuscripts for ACS journals.