Monthly Archives: July 2011

Fat Bases Want the Aisle Seat

During the chemistry Collaborations Workshops & Community of Scholars (cCWCS) participants performed an elimination reaction with 2-bromoheptane and two different bases: sodium methoxide and potassium t-butoxide. The overall goal was to compare the product ratios of the resulting alkenes: 1-heptene, E-2-heptene, and Z-2-heptene which can be separated on a GC column. According to most textbook […]

Where are the …?

This past week I had the opportunity to become an organic laboratory student for two days. I attended the NSF-sponsored chemistry Collaborations Workshops & Community of Scholars (cCWCS) on teaching guided inquiry organic chemistry labs. During the first two days of the workshop participants performed three organic chemistry experiments in the U of MN student […]