Integrating Analytical and Physical Chemistry: A Modern Approach to Chemical Analysis

Title Integrating Analytical and Physical Chemistry: A Modern Approach to Chemical Analysis
Faculty/College/Unit Science
Status Completed
Duration 2 Year
Initiation 05/01/2015
Completion 05/31/2017
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2015/2016
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Jose Rodriguez Nunez
Year 1: Funded Amount 16,107
Year 1: Project Status Active
Year 1: Team Members

Guillaume Bussiere, Department of Chemistry

Year 1: Summary

Over 300 students take Analytical Chemistry (CHEM 211) every year. We propose to use the requested TLEF funding to hire two undergraduate students per year to assist in modernizing the CHEM 211 laboratories. Under the supervision of Departmental faculty, the students will develop and implement new experiments which integrate the fields of physical and analytical Chemistry. Over the next two years, we propose to create at least two new expository experiments and two new guided-inquiry experiments. Expository experiments are expected to improve students' practical laboratory skills. Guided-inquiry experiments are expected to develop scientific inquiry aptitudes. We believe that this approach will improve a student's research ability and employability upon graduation.

Project success will be measured by:
1) Monitoring student attitudes towards Analytical and Physical Chemistry,
2) Monitoring students' technique grades in 2nd and 3rd year laboratories, and
3) Monitoring student performance in 3rd year physical and analytical Chemistry lecture courses.

Year 2: Project Year Year 2
Year 2: Funding Year 2016/2017
Year 2: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 2: Principal Investigator Jose Rodriguez Nunez
Year 2: Funded Amount 16,271
Year 2: Project Status Active
Year 2: Team Members

Guillaume Bussiere, Department of Chemistry

Year 2: Summary

Yearly, over 300 students take Analytical Chemistry (CHEM-211). We propose to use the requested TLEF funds to hire two undergraduate students to assist in modernizing the CHEM-211 laboratories. Under the supervision of Departmental faculty, the students will develop new experiments which integrate the fields of Physical and Analytical Chemistry. Last summer we successfully developed and implemented two guided-inquiry experiments thanks to the support of TLEF. Over the next year, we propose to develop one new expository experiment, one new guided-inquiry experiment, and tools to provide uniform and comprehensive feedback for students. Expository experiments are expected to improve students' practical laboratory skills. Guided-inquiry experiments are expected to develop scientific inquiry aptitudes. We believe that this approach will improve a student's research ability and employability upon graduation.

Project success will be measured by:
1) Monitoring student attitudes towards Analytical and Physical Chemistry,
2) Monitoring students' technique grades in 2nd and 3rd year laboratories, and
3) Monitoring student performance in 3rd year physical and analytical Chemistry lecture courses.

Project Report 2016-Nunez-Final-WEB.pdf