Celebrate Earth Day 2017 with Resources from the Journal of Chemical Education

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day is an ACS annual event for bringing international focus to environmental topics, such as clean air, water, and energy, to illustrate the positive role chemistry plays in understanding and preserving the Earth. In honor of Earth Day 2017, the Journal of Chemical Education is highlighting content related to the CCED 2017 theme “Chemistry Helps Feed the World”.

The articles, activities, and laboratory experiments listed below provide ideas and suggestions for bringing environmental chemistry to students on agricultural & food chemistry, agrochemicals, and soil and water. Environmental chemistry engages students of all levels in learning new chemistry concepts by relating chemistry to their daily lives as well as triggering awareness of environmental issues. With 94 volumes of interesting material including a wide variety of environmental chemistry topics, it is easy to connect the classroom experience to the greater world through the Journal of Chemical Education.

Agricultural & Food Chemistry

Demonstrating the Effect of Surfactant on Water Retention of Waxy Leaf Surfaces
Journal of Chemical Education 2017 94 (2), 230-234
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00546
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Citrus Quality Control: An NMR/MRI Problem-Based Experiment
Journal of Chemical Education 2016 93 (2), 335-339
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00251
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Detection of the cp4 epsps Gene in Maize Line NK603 and Comparison of Related Protein Structures: An Advanced Undergraduate Experiment
Journal of Chemical Education 2015 92 (7), 1229-1232
DOI: 10.1021/ed500655j
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Touring the Tomato: A Suite of Chemistry Laboratory Experiments
Journal of Chemical Education 2013 90 (3), 368-371
DOI: 10.1021/ed3004148
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Mushroom Magic: Analysis of Metals in a Familiar Food
Journal of Chemical Education 2012 89 (1), 114-116
DOI: 10.1021/ed200336q
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The Grapes of Class: Teaching Chemistry Concepts at a Winery
Journal of Chemical Education 2012 89 (10), 1264-1266
DOI: 10.1021/ed300158c

Agrochemicals

Fertilizers, Then and Now
Journal of Chemical Education 2010 87 (2), 135-138
DOI: 10.1021/ed8000683
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Reducing the Use of Agrochemicals: A Simple Experiment
Journal of Chemical Education 2006 83 (2), 245
DOI: 10.1021/ed083p245
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Operation Allelopathy: An Experiment Investigating an Alternative to Synthetic Agrochemicals
Journal of Chemical Education 2014 91 (4), 570-574
DOI: 10.1021/ed4000074
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Project-Based Learning in Undergraduate Environmental Chemistry Laboratory: Using EPA Methods To Guide Student Method Development for Pesticide Quantitation
Journal of Chemical Education 2017 94 (4)
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00352
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Liquid–Liquid Extraction of Insecticides from Juice: An Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Experiment
Journal of Chemical Education 2013 90 (4), 483-486
DOI: 10.1021/ed300389p
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Soil & Water

Soil Testing: Dig In!
Journal of Chemical Education 2006 83 (2), 240A
DOI: 10.1021/ed083p240A
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Chemists Celebrate Earth Day 2006: Dig It! JCE Resources for Chemistry and Soils
Journal of Chemical Education 2006 83 (2), 199
DOI: 10.1021/ed083p199
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Chemical Analysis of Soils: An Environmental Chemistry Laboratory for Undergraduate Science Majors
Journal of Chemical Education 1999 76 (12), 1693
DOI: 10.1021/ed076p1693
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Using Artificial Soil and Dry-Column Flash Chromatography To Simulate Organic Substance Leaching Process: A Colorful Environmental Chemistry Experiment
Journal of Chemical Education 2012 89 (2), 248-253
DOI: 10.1021/ed100728j
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Water Filtration
Journal of Chemical Education 2004 81 (2), 224A
DOI: 10.1021/ed081p224A
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A Miniature Wastewater Cleaning Plant to Demonstrate Primary Treatment in the Classroom
Journal of Chemical Education 2015 92 (11), 1889-1891
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00291
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“Will It Rain?” Activities Investigating Aerosol Hygroscopicity and Deliquescence
Journal of Chemical Education 2015 92 (4), 672-677
DOI: 10.1021/ed5004977

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