Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource

15 Jan 2019

What would you like to see on VIPEr? Community Challenges for 2019

Submitted by Barbara Reisner, James Madison University

Are you ready for... 2019? ...the International Year of the Periodic Table? ...becoming more involved on VIPEr? ...a year full of IONiC Community Challenges? The New Year is a great time to dive in and give back to the community!

9 Jan 2019

First Year Chemistry Students doing Inorganic Research!

Submitted by Kari Stone, Benedictine University

Kyle Grice set us up recently with his post. He described how course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) are gaining momentum in the chemistry community to replace traditional “cook-book” laboratory experiences. A CURE must follow five characteristics: use of scientific practices, discovery, broadly relevant to the larger scientific community, collaboration, and iteration.

5 Jan 2019

Don’t Duck Electrochemistry

Submitted by Anne Bentley, Lewis & Clark College

Why do so many chemists fear electrochemistry? Is it because there is no formal home for it in the chemistry curriculum? At any rate, electrochemistry is here to stay, and it’s worth the effort to understand it well. Electron transfer reactions are at the heart of modern energy applications, and electrochemistry is a useful tool for studying mechanistic inorganic chemistry. If our analytical colleagues aren't going to assume the mantle, then it's up to us, the inorganic chemists, to add it to our ever-growing list of topics.