Science Information Literacy Badge--Reading the Literature

This is an activity designed to introduce general chemistry students to reading the chemistry literature by familiarizing them with the structure of a published article. The activity first presents an article from the Whitesides group at Harvard about writing a scientific manuscript, along with a video about the peer-review process. There are two parts to the questions in the activity, which are based on a specific article from Nature Communications (

Michelle Personick / Wesleyan University Thu, 07/18/2019 - 12:07

An improved method for drawing the bonding MO for dihydrogen

Submitted by Adam Johnson / Harvey Mudd College on Sun, 06/09/2019 - 14:42
Most of us have probably been there. Discussing homonuclear diatomic MO diagrams and on the first day you want to put up the sigma bonding molecular orbital for H2. If you teach it like me, you emphasize the LCAO-MO approach, so you draw a hydrogen atom with its 1s orbital interacting with a hydrogen atom with its 1s orbital...and then you notice giggling from the less mature audience members. My technique will help to prevent this from happening. The technique is in the "faculty only" files section.
Organometallic Chemistry

Study of the metal-carbon bond: synthesis, structure, bonding, reactivity, and catalysis.

The LOs used in this course are in a VIPEr Collection called "Chem 165 2018."

Adam Johnson / Harvey Mudd College Sun, 06/09/2019 - 12:31

Chem 165 2018

Submitted by Adam Johnson / Harvey Mudd College on Sun, 06/09/2019 - 12:30

This is a collection of LOs that I used to teach a junior-senior seminar course on organometallics during Fall 2018 at Harvey Mudd College. There were a total of 9 students in the course. The Junior student (there was only one this year) was taking 2nd semester organic concurrently and had not takein inorganic (as is typical).

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Foundations: Atomic Structure; Molecular Structure; the Structures of Solids; Group Theory

The Elements and their Compounds: Main Group elements; d-Block Elements; f-Block Elements

Physical Techniques in Inorganic Chemistry: Diffraction Methods; Other Methods

Frontiers: Defects and Ion Transport; Metal Oxides, Nitrides and Fluorides; Chalcogenides, Intercalation Compounds and Metal-rich Phases; Framework Structures; Hydrides and Hydrogen-storage Materials; Semiconductor Chemistry; Molecular Materials and Fullerides.


Weiwei Xie / Louisiana State University Sun, 06/09/2019 - 12:11
VIPEr Fellows 2019 Workshop Favorites

During our first fellows workshop, the first cohort of VIPEr fellows pulled together learning objects that they've used and liked or want to try the next time they teach their inorganic courses.

Barbara Reisner / James Madison University Sat, 06/08/2019 - 16:41

Guideline for drawing chemical structures

Submitted by Brad Wile / Ohio Northern University on Fri, 06/07/2019 - 17:14

This is the set of guidelines provided for authors by Nature Research. A 6-page PDF gives explicit guidance about rendering molecules using chemical drawing software, and a downloable ChemDraw template (.cds) is provided.

Maths for Chemists

Submitted by David J Harding / Walailak University on Sun, 06/02/2019 - 22:12

Chemistry requires mathematics in almost all areas but it is a subject many students struggle with. This short booklet introduces mathematics from basic concepts to more advanced topics. A particularly nice feature is that examples of chemistry calculations are included so that students can understand why they have learn mathematics at all. This resource comes from the Royal Society of Chemistry's Learn Chemistry website.

Digital Lab Techniques Manual

Submitted by Catherine / East Tennessee State University on Wed, 05/22/2019 - 10:54

MIT OpenCourseWare has a great series of videos explaining (synthetic) lab techniques 


Submitted by Brian Anderson / Keene State College on Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:37

This course introduces the organometallic chemistry of the transition metals and main group elements with emphasis on common structural features and basic reaction types. The role of organometallic complexes in catalysis is also explored.