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A Research-Based Laboratory Course in Organic Chemistry
Journal of Chemical Education (2006)
  • Thomas A. Newton, University of Southern Maine
  • Henry J. Tracy, University of Southern Maine
  • Caryn K. Prudente, University of Southern Maine

The development, implementation, evolution, and evaluation of a unique approach to laboratory instruction in organic chemistry is described. The new course involves a multistep synthesis of group 14 metalloles. The program employs a combinatorial strategy to offer every student a different group 14 metallole as their personal synthetic target. Evaluation by faculty, students, and external evaluators indicates that this approach is superior to the more traditional laboratory course it replaced. Using this combinatorial approach as a model, any research project that involves a synthetic component can be incorporated into an undergraduate laboratory curriculum.

  • chemistry lab curriculum,
  • group 14 metalloles
Publication Date
December, 2006
Publisher Statement
doi: 10.1021/ed083p1844
Citation Information
Thomas A. Newton, Henry J. Tracy and Caryn K. Prudente. "A Research-Based Laboratory Course in Organic Chemistry" Journal of Chemical Education Vol. 83 Iss. 2 (2006)
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