Category Archives: J. Chem. Educ.

Estimating the Analytical and Surface Enhancement Factors in SERS

The surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) capabilities of silver nanoparticles is studied in this experiment by estimating the their analytical enhancement  and surface enhancement factors. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of SERS. The full citation is here: Pavel, I. E.; … Continue reading

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Quantitative Investigations of Biodiesel Fuel

In this experiment students complete four tasks: monitoring the production of biodiesel by a transesterification of a commercial oil; quantifying mixtures of biodiesel and petroleum-based diesel; using a Karl-Fisher titration to determine the impact of water on the quantification of … Continue reading

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Chemistry in Microfluidic Channels

The April edition of the Journal of Chemical Education has an interesting experiment that introduces students to the fabrication of a microfluidic device. The device uses a simple Y-channel design. After fabricating the device, students can use it to explore … Continue reading

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