Literature Discussion of "A stable compound of helium and sodium at high pressure"

Submitted by Nicole Crowder / University of Mary Washington on Sat, 06/03/2017 - 11:26
Description

This paper describes the synthesis of a stable compound of sodium and helium at very high pressures. The paper uses computational methods to predict likely compounds with helium, then describe a synthetic protocol to make the thermodynamically favored Na2He compound. The compound has a fluorite structure and is an electride with the delocalization of 2e- into the structure.

This paper would be appropriate after discussion of solid state structures and band theory.

The questions are divided into categories and have a wide range of levels.

Johnson Matthew Catalytic Reaction Guide
Description

This guide, available in print, online and in an app, allows users to look up appropriate catalysts and conditions to accomplish a wide variety of reactions.

 

Sheila Smith / University of Michigan- Dearborn Tue, 04/11/2017 - 12:11

Nanomaterials for Carbon Dioxide Reduction

Submitted by Anne Bentley / Lewis & Clark College on Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:58
Description

This literature discussion is based on an article describing the use of copper nanoparticles on an N-doped textured graphene material to carry out the highly selective reduction of CO2 to ethanol (Yang Song et al., “High-Selectivity Electrochemical Conversion of CO2 to Ethanol using a Copper Nanoparticle / N-Doped Graphene Electrode” ChemistrySelect 2016, 1, 6055-6061.  DOI: 10.1002/slct.201601169). The article provides a good introduction to the concepts of electrochemical reduction, selectivity and recycling of fossil fuels.

In-class peer review

Submitted by Chantal Stieber / Cal Poly Pomona on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 17:15
Description

This activity includes questions for students to answer to help guide them through the process of peer review. It was designed to assist students in writing peer reviews for research reports written by their classmates, but could be applied to literature articles as well.

Online Homework for a Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry Course

Submitted by Sabrina Sobel / Hofstra University on Mon, 06/27/2016 - 18:08
Description

The Committee on Professional Training (CPT) has restructured accreditation of Chemistry-related degrees, removing the old model of one year each of General, Analytical, Organic, and Physical Chemistry plus other relevant advanced classes as designed by the individual department. The new model (2008) requires one semester each in the five Foundation areas: Analytical, Inorganic, Organic, Biochemistry and Physical Chemistry, leaving General Chemistry as an option, with the development of advanced classes up to the individual departments.

Otterbein Symmetry In-Class Activity/Take home activity

Submitted by Kyle Grice / DePaul University on Mon, 01/25/2016 - 21:26
Description

This is an in-class activity I made for my students in a Junior/Senior-level one-quarter inorganic course. 

Unfortunately it was waaay too long for the 1.5 h class (i gave them about 45 min). I recommend taking this and adapting it to a take-home exercise or homework set, which is probably what I will do this coming year. 

Students used Otterbein to look at various structures, starting with low symmetry, working up to very high symmetry structures. I had them go through the "challenge" so they couldn't see the keys at first, but then go back to check their answers. 

Shape & Polarity Review with Clickers

Submitted by Jim Kirby / Quinnipiac University on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 00:01
Description

A set of questions to be used in General or Introductory Inorganic Chemistry as a review or “quiz” of shapes and polarities.