Monthly Archives: November 2012

E2 Brutus? Part III

The manner of heating and stirring the reaction was also an issue I considered. I decided to use boiling stones rather than stirbars. Stirbars are expensive and students tend to dump them down the drain or wash them into the waste bucket. I went with using the thermwells rather than the boiling water bath. We […]

E2 Brutus? Part II

Scale: The original lab is written for microscale using 0.22 mL of 2-bromoheptane with an overall reaction volume of 2.22 mL. The 2-bromoheptane is a pretty expensive reagent and ended up being the limiting factor in how much the reaction could be scaled up. The smaller the reaction volume, the greater skill is required of […]

E2 Brutus? Part II

Scale: The original lab is written for microscale using 0.22 mL of 2-bromoheptane with an overall reaction volume of 2.22 mL. The 2-bromoheptane is a pretty expensive reagent and ended up being the limiting factor in how much the reaction could be scaled up. The smaller the reaction volume, the greater skill is required of […]

E2 Brutus? Part I

This is an experiment that I performed as part of a Chemistry Collaborations Workshops & Community of Scholars (cCWCS) workshop during the summer of 2011. I had planned on incorporating the experiment the next time I taught Organic Chemistry I. Since substitution and elimination is a topic in first semester organic chemistry (Chapter 6 in […]