Sheila's Safety Net

Submitted by Sheila Smith / University of Michigan- Dearborn on Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:43

Collection of Safety LOs from VIPEr

Developing effective student learning groups

Submitted by Joanne Stewart / Hope College on Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:44

Asking students to work in groups and developing group projects is always challenging. This 5-slides about describes approaches for increasing the effectiveness and success of student groups. It also contains some helpful links to resources on how to form groups and help students develop group skills.

Fe2GeS4 Nanocrystals for Photovoltaics

Submitted by Anne Bentley / Lewis & Clark College on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 14:00

I asked the students in my junior/senior inorganic course to develop their own literature discussion learning objects and lead the rest of the class in a discussion of their article.  Student Johann Maradiaga chose this article describing the synthesis and characterization of Fe2GeS4 nanocrystals with potential applications in photovoltaic devices (Sarah J. Fredrick and Amy L. Prieto, “Solution Synthesis and Reactivity of Colloidal Fe2GeS4: A Potential Candidate for Earth Abundant, Nanostructured Photovoltaics” J. Am. Chem.

Maggie's LOs

Submitted by Chip Nataro / Lafayette College on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 17:25

Ligand Lineup

Submitted by Sheri Lense / University of Wisconsin Oshkosh on Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:40

This is a kinesthetic activity in which students must utilize knowledge of the σ-donating, π-donating and π-accepting ability of ligands in order to rank the ligands in the spectrochemical series.  Students are each assigned a ligand on a card.  Suggested ligands are I-, Br-, Cl-, F-, ONO-, NO2- OH-, H2O, pyridine, NH3, ethylenediamine, bipyridine, phenanthroline, PPh3, CN- and CO.  Each student must evaluate the π-accepting, π-donating and σ-donating ability o

The Chemistry of Cooley's Anemia: A Case Study

Submitted by Chris Bailey / Wells College on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 11:36

In this case study, information is presented to students in the form of a dialog between a physician and two parents who have just learned that their child has thalassemia (Cooley’s Anemia). The treatment for this disorder requires a lifetime commitment to whole blood transfusion and chelation therapy (both administered on a daily to weekly basis); the biggest obstacle to long term survival is patient non-compliance.

C&E News as a Starting Point for Bioinorganic Literature Discussions

Submitted by Chris Bailey / Wells College on Mon, 07/28/2014 - 15:37

This learning object consists of a bibliography of materials concerning bioinorganic chemistry which have appeared in C&E News over approximately the past 15 years (1999-2014). Many come from the Science and Technology Concentrates, some from News of the Week, others are full articles, and a few are letters to the editor. They cover a wide variety of bioinorganic topics. Also included are citations for the articles from the primary literature paper referred to in the respective C&E News articles.

A cuprous azide complex: The effect of structure on the stability of the azide ion

Submitted by Jim Jeitler / Marietta College on Thu, 07/17/2014 - 17:50

This is a problem set based on the article "Energetic Cuprous Azide Complex: Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Effection on the Thermal Decomposition of HMX" in the Journal of Chemical Crystallography.  It has been used in a Chemistry Capstone course for both Chemistry and Biochemistry majors during the first semester senior year.  Biochemistry majors are not required to take Inorganic Chemistry and Chemistry majors may be currently taking Inorganic chemistry.

Cobalt Schiff Base Zinc Finger Inhibitors

Submitted by Peter Craig / McDaniel College on Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:08

This is a literature discussion based on the paper “Spectroscopic Elucidation of the Inhibitory Mechanism of Cys2

The Synthesis and Characterization of a trans-Dioxorhenium(V) Complex

Submitted by Sibrina Collins / Marburger STEM Center (MSC) at Lawrence Technological University on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:31

This experiment involves the preparation of a key starting reactant in high purity and yield for an ongoing research project, specifically for the development of potential photodynamic therapy (PDT) agents. The students synthesize [ReO2(py)4]Cl.2H2O using standard inorganic synthesis techniques. The students visualize the vibrations and electronic properties (e.g. molecular orbitals) of the compound using output files generated from density functional theory (DFT).