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World Journal of Chemical Education. 2021, 9(3), 88-93
DOI: 10.12691/wjce-9-3-4
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Introduction of a Computational Chemistry Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) into an Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab: An Investigation of Propellane Formation

Phillip J. Alexander1, Dillon Button-Jennings1, Claudia N. Evans1, Mason B. Hemstreet1, Marissa E. Henager1, Stephanie Jacob1, Charles S. Jolly1, Maayan R. Lantzman1, Alexandra Saputo1, Nolan R. Stager1, Elizabeth L. Whitman1, Bohdi J. Young1 and Gary W. Breton1,

1Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Berry College, Mount Berry GA, USA

Pub. Date: November 07, 2021

Cite this paper:
Phillip J. Alexander, Dillon Button-Jennings, Claudia N. Evans, Mason B. Hemstreet, Marissa E. Henager, Stephanie Jacob, Charles S. Jolly, Maayan R. Lantzman, Alexandra Saputo, Nolan R. Stager, Elizabeth L. Whitman, Bohdi J. Young and Gary W. Breton. Introduction of a Computational Chemistry Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) into an Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab: An Investigation of Propellane Formation. World Journal of Chemical Education. 2021; 9(3):88-93. doi: 10.12691/wjce-9-3-4

Abstract

The introduction of basic computational chemistry concepts is becoming an integral part of any complete undergraduate curriculum in chemistry. The advanced organic chemistry course affords laboratory time in which some focused study of computational chemistry is possible. Although learning how to carry out basic computational manipulations is important, interest in computational chemistry can be instilled by carrying out a research-like experience. We incorporated a course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) into our advanced organic chemistry lab course in which students, as a group, studied the spontaneous formation of strained propellane compounds from the corresponding anionic bridgehead bromide precursor compounds. Completing the calculations and data analysis as a class simulated a true research project, and led to the discovery of results from which interesting conclusions were drawn. Student feedback was generally very positive and suggested that this project gave them a strong sense for how computational chemistry research is conducted.

Keywords:
organic chemistry computational chemistry propellanes course-based research experience CURE

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