Monthly Archives: March 2011

Ether One or the Other

This year we performed the synthesis of triphenylmethanol with a commercial phenylmagnesium bromide reagent. The reaction, in principle, works quite well and the reaction turns a pretty pink color on the way to completion. This year, the class was divided into three groups and each group used a different ether solvent for the reaction – […]

Bi-Curious Laboratory

I created our second lab this semester in an attempt to integrate my research experience and expertise with an organic chemistry laboratory. I have been working with countercurrent chromatography (CCC) for the past eight years. The cornerstone of CCC is the use of two-phase solvent systems to isolate target analytes and separate complex mixtures of […]