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Abstract Volume 21 (2016) pp 191-194

A New Alcohol Dehydration Procedure Suitable for the Undergraduate Organic Lab Curriculum

Feiby Abdelnoor, Youssef Fardos, Monica Samy Girges, Sarah Khaled Hussein, Diana Mejia and Robert Aslanian*

Department of Chemistry, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ 07305,
Received July 12, 2016. Accepted August 19, 2016.

Published: 12 September 2016

Abstract. The discussion of E1 and E2 reaction mechanisms is an integral part of the undergraduate Organic I curriculum, and the theory is usually illustrated with a hands-on experiment in the Organic I laboratory. We recently faced a dilemma at New Jersey City University (NJCU) during the renovation of our new science building when we could not run the elimination reaction in the usual manner due to the lack of suitable lab space. We addressed this problem by developing a new elimination protocol, which we successfully launched in our Organic I lab course.

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; organic chemistry

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