Need help with mechanism based research ideas for senior inorganic lab.

Submitted by Tim Herzog / Weber State University on Mon, 12/21/2020 - 10:32

In my senior level inorganic lab, I've tried to incorporate full semester research projects.  Since I love synthesis, I have tended to assign synthetic projects.  Students have learned a lot during these experiences, but there are the obvious challenges of multistep synthetic work in a 3 hour a week lab. I'd like to try to develop projects that are more mechanistic in nature, but am struggling to come up with ideas that are both compelling and achievable.  We will be working in lab this spring with social distancing and some restrictions, but should be able to do all the things we normally


Lab Experiments/Syllabi

Submitted by Amanda Reig / Ursinus College on Tue, 11/16/2010 - 19:40

I will be teaching our one semester Inorganic course (with lab) in the Spring for the first time.  I am working on the lab syllabus and would love to know your must-do/favorite/fail proof (ha) experiments.  I've gotten a few good ideas from those posted to the forums, but am interested in hearing about some of the classics on your syllabus as well.  What experiment(s) do you do that students get the most out of?  What experiment(s) do they enjoy the most? Thanks. 


Schlenk or air-sensitive Glassware Kit?

Submitted by Dr. J. Metzker / Georgia College on Thu, 02/11/2010 - 14:38
We have recently purchased a schlenk line and I am now in the process of trying to purchase glassware to use with it. Since the glassware is somewhat expensive and budgets are very tight I am looking to get creative. We are likely to have funds this year for "big" purchases. Does anyone know of a glass company that sells a kit of glassware for air-sensitive/Schlenk techniques? I can justify a kit but not individual pieces of glassware. (I know that is crazy!)Thanks,Julia

First year laboratory

Submitted by Adam Johnson / Harvey Mudd College on Fri, 02/05/2010 - 17:18

we are redoing our first year laboratory, and want to fix a broken experiment, and add a new one.

1)  Vanadium.  We have the students make a variety of vanadium compounds and watch the color changes during a variety of redox reactions.  I haven't taught this in a while, but I know there is a chemical reduction, bubbling air through it for an oxidation, and then finally reduction with zinc amalgam.  We'd like to remove the Zn and Hg from the lab if possible.  Does this lab sound familiar to anyone?  And do other reducing agents work?


Writing the "synthesis" part of the experimental section - activity for general chemistry II lab

Submitted by Barbara Reisner / James Madison University on Thu, 01/28/2010 - 22:03

In two weeks, my second semester general chemistry students (majors) will be doing an in house lab on the synthesis and characterization of metal oxalates. We are trying to focus on writing skills and we focus on different parts of a paper. For the synthesis week, I would like to have my students look at papers in the literature (probably Inorg. Chem.) to see how syntheses are written up.


Sources for tested computational chemistry student exercises?

Submitted by Lori Watson / Earlham College on Fri, 10/10/2008 - 13:52
Does anyone have some good sources for tested computational chemistry student exercises for inorganic chemistry?  I know there are some good examples at the CCCE site: and also some using WebMO at but most of these use organic reactions or structures as examples.  I also notice that there's a couple examples on this site of computational extensions of some oft