Without the review of unfamiliar terms and concepts on the first day of
the two-day activity, I doubt that many students would be able to tackle
this paper. However, after going through all that, students do a fair
job of answering the questions.
The answers to most of the "general questions" can be found from web searching. The students that are motivated to do so have dug up answers for these questions. Question #6 is difficult for them, but serves as a good point to initiate conversation about why larger mesoporous materials are useful. Question #7 is also foreign, but it usually comes up in the first class and so students can piece together a response for it here.
Answering the "characterization method" questions has proven more difficult for the students, particulalry because most if not all of them lack experience with x-ray diffraction and gas adsorption techniques. They can look up Bragg's Law and calculate a parameter given the other values (solve for x, essentially) even if they don't know exactly what that value represents. A4 is particularly difficult as they need to find the answer in the accompanying paper. Responses to questions on gas adsorption are understandably murkier yet. Again, this is where I can go into more detail on the method in class discussion. On the other hand, questions in C and D on UV-Vis and IR, respectively, are easier for them given their familiarity with those techniques. These questions are usually answered well. D1, on site-isolation, sometimes requires further explanation. And, finally, while students have NMR experience from organic, they're not usually knowledgeable on solid-state NMR. Some of these answers can be found online or in the paper, but this is another are where a short discussion is helpful.
Depending on the length of discussion in a particular class, there is not always time to fully get into the catalysis results. However, the answers to these questions can be found in the main manuscript and are correctly reported.