SLiThEr #17: Demonstration of a Transition to a Remote General Chemistry Course

Professors Kari Stone and Dan Kissel fro Lewis University describe the transition to a remote general chemistry course through a flipped curriculum using mastery-based grading. In particular, the development and implementation of a element project is discussed as part of the 17th SLiThEr (Supporting Learning with Interactive Teaching: a Hosted, Engaging Roundtable) on 3/4/2021

Chip Nataro / Lafayette College Mon, 04/19/2021 - 12:22
nanoCHAt #3: Getting Students Started in Research

A nanoCHAt conversation about methods of helping students get started doing research by Hilary Eppley and VIPEr Fellows, Tulay Atesin, Matt Cranswick, Ryan Richards, and John Miecznikowski on March 18, 2021.  The full nanoCHAt playlist can be acccessed at

Hilary Eppley / DePauw University Mon, 04/12/2021 - 15:20
nanoCHAts: Informal conversations about teaching

A collection of all of the IONiC VIPEr NanoCHAts. These are short discussion on a teaching topic by 4-5 faculty members from different institutions. Each of these events is recorded and posted to the IONiC VIPEr YouTube Channel.

Hilary Eppley / DePauw University Wed, 04/07/2021 - 14:33
Bonding in electron-rich uranyl complexes (Burns)

This In-Class Activity Learning Object explores a series of uranyl, UO

Joanne Stewart / Hope College Thu, 04/01/2021 - 16:31
Artificial Photosynthesis Using Quantum Dot / Porphyrin Aggregates (Weiss)

This literature discussion highlights recent research from the Weiss group in which electrostatically assembled aggregates of CuInS2 / ZnS quantum dots and trimethylamino-functionalized tetraphenylporphyrin molecules were used to selectively reduce carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide.

Anne Bentley / Lewis & Clark College Sun, 03/28/2021 - 14:17
National ACS Award Winners 2021 LO Collection

This collection of learning objects was created to celebrate the National ACS Award Winners 2021 who are members of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry. The list of award winners is shown below. 

Shirley Lin / United States Naval Academy Fri, 03/26/2021 - 12:14
The Organometallic Chemistry Behind the Polymer of Squares (Chirik)

The discussion covers a 2021 publication by the Chirik group (Nature Chemistry, 2021, DOI: 10.1038/s41557-020-00614-w) which details the discovery of a new way to polymerize butadiene through iron-catalyzed [2+2] cycloadd

Megan Mohadjer Beromi / Princeton University Sat, 02/20/2021 - 12:34
5 slides about nomenclature

I have never enjoyed teaching nomenclature, but it is certainly important for students to know what is meant when they see a name out there in the wild. I use Gary's excellent in-class activity (linked below) and then follow up with these slides to cement the knowledge in the last 10-20 minutes of class. The first content slide is a list of nomenclature rules from IUPAC but I normally fill in a list of class-generated rules on the title slide before moving to the truth... our in-class rules are often quite close to the published rules.

Adam Johnson / Harvey Mudd College Mon, 02/08/2021 - 18:11
Resolution of Werner complexes -- the COVID edition

This is a classic experiment that has been revised and updated numerous times over the years. The experiment can be found in Girolami, Rauchfuss and Angelici, 3rd edition, but that edition removed some purification steps that were present in the earlier edition which has plagued generations of my students with poor resolution of the enantiomers. Marion Cass published a J. Chem. Educ. article in 2015 that included a pH determination and added back in the recrystallization step. This allowed my students to achieve higher yields and greater resolution in Spring 2020.

Adam Johnson / Harvey Mudd College Fri, 02/05/2021 - 12:44