The Chemical Educator
ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)
Abstract Volume 21
(2016) pp 215-222
Replication of a Published Materials Science Synthesis:An Impromptu Upper-Division Undergraduate Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory Experiment
Marcos A. Amezcua, Jr.,† Kiefer G. Bell-Wilson,† Dallas A. Davenport,† Kenneth S. Gossow-Smith,† Jeremiah R. Hays,† Thomas D. Henderson,† Micah T. Ojeda,† William D. Pfeifer,† Shady A. Shafik,† Mitchell H. Ward,† Raymond Yu,† Casey R. Lu,‡ Joshua R. Smith,† and Robert W. Zoellner*,†
†Department of Chemistry, Humboldt State University, One Harpst Street, Arcata, California 95521-8299, email@example.com; ‡Department of Biological Sciences, Humboldt State University, One Harpst Street, Arcata, California 95521-8299 Received July 6, 2016. Accepted October 4, 2016.
Published: 21 October 2016
Abstract. The impromptu replication of the published “bulk” synthesis of graphene nanoplatelets by students in an upper-division undergraduate inorganic chemistry laboratory is described. In addition to carrying out the synthesis, the laboratory experiment became an example of a collaborative, open-ended undergraduate research project wherein the effects of purposely (and accidently) changing the experimental procedures on the morphology of the product were investigated.
Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; inorganic chemistry; upper-division undergraduate laboratories; materials synthesis; graphene; graphene nanoplatelets; morphology, scanning electron microscopy
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Supporting Materials:One supporting PDF file is available, a detailed set of procedures for the laboratory experiment. (247 KB)