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The Chemical Educator

ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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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,; 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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