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June 23-28, 3013

This workshop encoils inorganic faculty, postdocs, and graduate students into the supportive community of scholars known as IONiC (Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemistry). Inorganic chemistry is one of the broadest fields in chemistry, covering the entire Periodic Table of the Elements, yet faculty tend to be narrowly trained in a single subdiscipline. Stepping into the inorganic classroom, where knowledge of all of the subdisciplines is expected, can be daunting. Collaboration with colleagues from different inorganic subfields is an obvious solution to this problem, but geographical and professional isolation, especially at small institutions, inhibits such collaborations. This workshop provides an opportunity to network and collaborate with other inorganic chemists and to deepen knowledge in the subfield of solid state and materials chemistry in order to introduce students to advances at the frontiers of developing solid state materials for alternative energy needs such as solar power, batteries, and fuel cells.

The IONiC community supports faculty interaction through its web home, VIPEr (Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource, Participants in this workshop will learn about the resources on VIPEr and become active VIPEr contributors. The workshop theme, alternative energy needs, will add a “back to grad school” feel to the workshop, with participants immersing themselves in cutting edge chemistry, learning from leading researchers in the field, and creating new learning opportunities for their students. Participants will work collaboratively to develop new teaching materials to introduce or expand the theme of alternative energy needs in their classrooms.



These are the Learning Objects (LOs) that were produced by the participants at the Penn State TUES workshop. Excellent!

LO titleLO TypeAuthor(s)Institution
Virtual Schlenk LineWeb Resources and AppsAmanda ReigUrsinus College
Cmap: Concept Mapping ToolWeb Resources and AppsAmanda ReigUrsinus College
Organometallic reducing agentsProblem SetAngela JovanovicPenn State
Synthesis and Characterization of Magnetic Spinel NanoparticlesLiterature DiscussionAnne BentleyLewis & Clark College
A Schaaking development of colloidal hybrid nanoparticlesLiterature DiscussionAnne Bentley, Angela Jovanovic, Cameron Gren, Charles Mebi, Karen McFarlane Holman, Karen S. BrewerLewis & Clark College, Penn State, U of North Alabama, Arkansas Tech U, Willamette U, Hamilton College
Using Solid State Chemistry and Crystal Field Theory to Design a New Blue SolidLiterature DiscussionBarbara Reisner, Maggie GeselbrachtJames Madison U, Reed College
Relating local industry to primary literature: The David Sarnoff/RCA ProjectLiterature DiscussionBenny ChanThe College of New Jersey
Tuning the band gap of CTZ(S,Se) nanocrystals by anion substitutionLiterature DiscussionBenny Chan, Amanda Reig, Dimitri Vaughn II, Minh An T. Nguyen, Rebecca Ricciardo, Vanessa McCaffrey, Walter FlomerThe College of New Jersey, Ursinus College, Penn State, Penn State, Ohio State, Albion College, St. Andrew's U
Concept mapping the primary literature: "Compositionally Tunable Cu2ZnSn(S1-x,Sex)4 nanocrystals"In-Class ActivityBenny Chan, Amanda Reig, Dimitri Vaughn II, Minh An T. Nguyen, Rebecca Ricciardo, Vanessa McCaffrey, Walter FlomerThe College of New Jersey, Ursinus College, Penn State, Penn State, Ohio State, Albion College, St. Andrew's U
Zinc Finger Proteins: A Bioinorganic Example of LFSE and HSABProblem SetElizabeth JamiesonSmith College
Copper(I) Complexes: Ancillary Ligands and Back Bonding InteractionsProblem SetElizabeth JamiesonSmith College
Literature summary through student presentation - free choice of topic.Literature DiscussionCameron GrenU of North Alabama
Defining Crystalline/Amorphous Phases of Nanoparticles through X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and X-ray Diffraction: The Case of Nickel PhosphideLiterature DiscussionCarrie Read SprayEastern Nazarene College
Chemical Acrostics for Fun and Active LearningIn-Class ActivityCharles MebiArkansas Tech U
Lattice Systems OrigamiIn-Class ActivityJeremiah DuncanPlymouth State U
Symmetry, Group Theory, and Computational Chemistry CollectionCollectionJoanne StewartHope College
Properties of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Semiconductors: Band Gap, Conductivity, and CarriersProblem SetKaren BrewerHamilton College
XAS Rules! - Five Slides About XAS and its applications to LFTFive Slides AboutKaren McFarlane HolmanWillamette U
Determining the Vibrational Modes of Cu2O2 ComplexesProblem SetKathy Van HeuvelenHarvey Mudd College
More Blue Solids Based on Trigonal Bipyramidal Mn3+Problem SetMaggie GeselbrachtReed College
Kool-Aid analysis: Visible Spectroscopy and Paper ChromatographyLab ExperimentMegan StrayerPenn State
Introduction to Synchrotron RadiationFive Slides AboutMegan Strayer, Greg Moehring, Kathy Van Heuvelen, Libbie S. W. Pelter, Sarah St. Angelo, Sophia E. HayesPenn State, Monmouth U, Harvey Mudd College, Purdue U Calumet, Dickinson College, Washington U
The Synthesis and Characterization of Cobalt SpinelsLab ExperimentRebecca RicciardoThe Ohio State University
Five Slides About a Simple powder XRD AnalysisFive Slides AboutRebecca RicciardoThe Ohio State University
Trends in Measured Redox Potentials and Computed Molecular Orbital Energies of Derivatized BuckminsterfullerenesLab ExperimentRobert Q. TopperCooper Union
How Many Atoms Are In A Nanowire?Problem SetRobert Q. Topper, Carrie Read Spray, Jeremiah Duncan, LaRico J. Treadwell, Sabrina G. SobelCooper Union, Eastern Nazarene College, Plymouth State U, Louisiana State U, Hofstra U
Synthesis and Analysis of the POM Ammonium Decavanadate, (NH4) 6V10O28*6H2OLab ExperimentSabrina SobelHofstra University
Calculations for surface-affected volume and surface energies of nanoparticlesProblem SetSarah St. AngeloDickinson College
Collaborative Team Competition for Identification of Symmetry Operations on (Paper) ModelsIn-Class ActivitySophia HayesWashington U
QSAR and Inorganic ChemistryFive Slides AboutVanessa McCaffreyAlbion College
Chimera - A Molecular Modeling ProgramWeb Resources and AppsWalter FlomerSt. Andrew's U