A description of our Integrated Laboratory
Program can be found in the following article:
Crossing Traditional Boundaries, D. Dillner, R.
Ferrante, J. Fitzgerald, W. Heuer, and M. Schroeder,
Journal of Chemical Education, 84 (10), October
This laboratory course examines a number of important organic reactions, and introduces the theory and practice of separating,
identifying and quantifying chemical substances. Techniques include recrystallization, distillation, column chromatography, gas
chromatography, high-performance liquid chromatography, thin layer chromatography, extraction, sublimation, and infrared and nuclear
magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
The lecture course explores details of the theory and instrumentation employed in modern chemical analysis by IR, NMR, mass spectrometry,
atomic and molecular spectroscopy, and gas and liquid chromatography. These techniques, as well as qualitative and quantitative methods,
are applied in the laboratory towards the determination of the products of a number of important chemical reactions, including multi-step
syntheses. Students apply the methods they have learned in the analysis of simple equilibrium systems and the identification of a two-component
Lecture and laboratory focus on the theory and behavior of molecules and ions in solution, and on classical methods of determination.
These are explored in the laboratory through application of classical (volumetric, gravimetric, titrimetric) and modern instrumental
(spectroscopic, electrochemical, thermal) methods of analysis, and the examination of the thermodynamics of simple systems. Quantitative
laboratory technique is stressed, and new concerns such as statistics and sampling are introduced. Students apply the techniques they
have learned in the implementation of a laboratory experiment of their design.
This laboratory course emphasizes the theory, structure, synthesis and characterization of inorganic and organometallic compounds through
application of a number of advanced techniques. Methods include multi-step synthesis, photochemical and high-temperature reactions,
polymer characterization, molecular orbital calculations, magnetic susceptibility and X-ray diffraction measurements, Raman and high
resolution gas phase spectroscopy of simple systems, and fast reaction (stopped-flow) kinetics. In addition, a weekly seminar that
includes professional presentations, discussions, and student presentations provides exposure to the wide-ranging scope of chemistry.