Posts Tagged ‘chemical education’

Mechanism of the solvatochromic reaction of a spiropyran.

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
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The journal of chemical education has many little gems providing inspiration for laboratory experiments. Jonathan Piard reports one based on the reaction below[1]; here I investigate the mechanism of this transformation.

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References

  1. J. Piard, "Influence of the Solvent on the Thermal Back Reaction of One Spiropyran", Journal of Chemical Education, vol. 91, pp. 2105-2111, 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ed4005003

Enantioselective epoxidation of alkenes using the Shi Fructose-based catalyst. An undergraduate experiment.

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
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The journal of chemical education can be a fertile source of ideas for undergraduate student experiments. Take this procedure for asymmetric epoxidation of an alkene.[1] When I first spotted it, I thought not only would it be interesting to do in the lab, but could be extended by incorporating some modern computational aspects as well. 

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References

  1. A. Burke, P. Dillon, K. Martin, and T.W. Hanks, "Catalytic Asymmetric Epoxidation Using a Fructose-Derived Catalyst", Journal of Chemical Education, vol. 77, pp. 271, 2000. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ed077p271