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Kinetic Analysis of Amylase Using Quantitative Benedict's and Iodine Starch Reagents  Beverly Cochran, Deborah Lunday, and Frank Miskevich
This laboratory emphasizes that enzymes mediate the conversion of a substrate into a product and that either the concentration of product or reactant may be used to follow the course of a reaction. It does so by using an inexpensive scanner and open-source image analysis software to quantify amylase activity through the breakdown of starch and the appearance of glucose.
Cochran, Beverly; Lunday, Deborah; Miskevich, Frank. J. Chem. Educ. 2008, 85, 401.
Biosynthesis |
Carbohydrates |
Catalysis |
Enzymes |
Food Science |
Nutrition |
Quantitative Analysis |
UV-Vis Spectroscopy
Applications of Reaction Rate  Kevin Cunningham
This article presents an assignment in which students are to research and report on a chemical reaction whose increased or decreased rate is of practical importance. The assignment is designed to develop and assess a number of valuable skills and understandings, including the ability to write effectively.
Cunningham, Kevin. J. Chem. Educ. 2007, 84, 430.
Catalysis |
Enzymes |
Kinetics |
Rate Law |
Reactions |
Applications of Chemistry
An Enzyme Kinetics Experiment Using Laccase for General Chemistry   Yaqi Lin and Patrick M. Lloyd
This article describes the use of laccase, an oxidoreductase enzyme, to study the effects of enzyme catalysts on reaction rates.
Lin, Yaqi; Lloyd, Patrick M. J. Chem. Educ. 2006, 83, 638.
Aldehydes / Ketones |
Bioanalytical Chemistry |
Catalysis |
Enzymes |
Kinetics |
UV-Vis Spectroscopy
Concerning "A Reaction That Takes Place in Beakers but Not in Conical Flasks: A Catalysis-Related Demonstration"  Colin White
Although I respect the right of Espenson to object to my suggestion of a useful teaching aid, I fundamentally disagree with the argument put forward. A good teacher uses a variety of teaching styles and aids to stimulate and educate students, including, if appropriate, trickery or showmanship.
White, Colin. J. Chem. Educ. 2005, 82, 527.
Catalysis
Concerning "A Reaction That Takes Place in Beakers but Not in Conical Flasks: A Catalysis-Related Demonstration"  James Espenson
I find it distressing to encounter a lecture demonstration that seeks to make a valid scientific point through deception. I refer to the Tested Demonstration, A Reaction That Takes Place in Beakers but Not in Conical Flasks: A Catalysis-Related Demonstration.
Espenson, James. J. Chem. Educ. 2005, 82, 527.
Catalysis
A Reaction That Takes Place in Beakers but Not in Conical Flasks: A Catalysis-Related Demonstration  Colin White
A striking demonstration emphasizing that substances which promote reactions are not catalysts if they are consumed in the process. The demonstration is based on the iron(II) induced oxidation of iodide by chromium(VI).
White, Colin. J. Chem. Educ. 2004, 81, 364.
Catalysis |
Oxidation / Reduction |
Reactions
Some Like It Cold: A Computer-Based Laboratory Introduction to Sequence and Tertiary Structure Comparison of Cold-Adapted Lactate Dehydrogenases Using Bioinformatics Tools  M. Sue Lowery and Leigh A. Plesniak
Students download sequences and structures from appropriate databases, create sequence alignments, and carry out molecular modeling exercises, and then form hypotheses about the mechanism of biochemical adaptation for function and stability. This laboratory is appropriate for biochemistry and molecular biology laboratory courses, special topics, and advanced biochemistry lecture courses, and can be adapted for honors high school programs.
Lowery, M. Sue; Plesniak, Leigh A. J. Chem. Educ. 2003, 80, 1300.
Enzymes |
Molecular Modeling |
Proteins / Peptides |
Molecular Properties / Structure
Synthesis of a Racemic Ester and Its Lipase–Catalyzed Kinetic Resolution  Delia Stetca, Isabel W. C. E. Arends, and Ulf Hanefeld
Reaction sequence to familiarize first-year students with the use of enzymes in organic chemistry.
Stetca, Delia; Arends, Isabel W. C. E.; Hanefeld, Ulf. J. Chem. Educ. 2002, 79, 1351.
Bioinorganic Chemistry |
Enzymes |
Catalysis |
Synthesis |
Enantiomers |
Bioorganic Chemistry
Factors Affecting Reaction Kinetics of Glucose Oxidase  Kristin A. Johnson
Demonstration based on a biochemical kinetics experiment in which the rate of reaction varies with the enzyme concentration, substrate concentration, substrate used in the reaction, and temperature.
Johnson, Kristin A. J. Chem. Educ. 2002, 79, 74.
Enzymes |
Kinetics |
Proteins / Peptides |
Carbohydrates |
Catalysis |
Rate Law
A Modification of a Lactase Experiment by Use of Commercial Test Strips  Tammy J. Melton
Using urinalysis test strips to detect the presence of glucose.
Melton, Tammy J. J. Chem. Educ. 2001, 78, 1243.
Carbohydrates |
Catalysis |
Drugs / Pharmaceuticals |
Enzymes |
Nonmajor Courses |
Qualitative Analysis |
Laboratory Equipment / Apparatus
Chemistry and Flatulence: An Introductory Enzyme Experiment  John R. Hardee, Tina M. Montgomery, and Wray H. Jones
An enzyme experiment using raffinose family sugars extracted from green split peas as a substrate and the enzymes alpha-galactosidase and sucrase found in Beano. The reaction studied was the hydrolysis of raffinose family sugars to galactose, glucose, and fructose, and the reaction rate was determined using a retail glucometer to measure the concentration of glucose.
Hardee, John R.; Montgomery, Tina M.; Jones, Wray H. J. Chem. Educ. 2000, 77, 498.
Nonmajor Courses |
Enzymes |
Food Science |
Rate Law |
Catalysis |
Applications of Chemistry
Catalytic Oxidation of Ammonia: A Sparkling Experiment  Vladimir A. Volkovich and Trevor R. Griffiths
A lecture demonstration experiment on the catalytic oxidation of ammonia using chromium(III) oxide as a catalyst is described.
Volkovich, Vladimir A.; Griffiths, Trevor R. J. Chem. Educ. 2000, 77, 177.
Catalysis |
Oxidation / Reduction |
Reactions
Experiments with Zeolites at the Secondary-School Level: Experience from The Netherlands  Eric N. Coker, Pamela J. Davis, Aonne Kerkstra, and Herman van Bekkum
This article describes a number of experiments that involve zeolites and are suitable for secondary-school chemistry laboratories. Students test the hardness of tap water before and after treatment with some zeolite and perform tests with a range of commercial laundry detergents containing zeolites.
Coker, Eric N.; Davis, Pamela J.; Kerkstra, Aonne; van Bekkum, Herman. J. Chem. Educ. 1999, 76, 1417.
Ion Exchange |
Catalysis |
Quantitative Analysis |
Water / Water Chemistry |
Consumer Chemistry |
Applications of Chemistry
UV Catalysis, Cyanotype Photography, and Sunscreens  Glen D. Lawrence and Stuart Fishelson
This laboratory experiment is intended for a chemistry course for non-science majors. The experiment utilizes one of the earliest photographic processes, the cyanotype process, to demonstrate UV catalysis of chemical reactions.
Lawrence, Glen D.; Fishelson, Stuart. J. Chem. Educ. 1999, 76, 1199.
Nonmajor Courses |
Photochemistry |
Catalysis
Immobilized Lactase in the Biochemistry Laboratory  Matthew J. Allison and C. Larry Bering
Lactase from over-the-counter tablets for patients with lactose intolerance is immobilized in polyacrylamide, which is then milled into small beads and placed into a chromatography column. A lactose solution is added to the column and the eluant is assayed using the glucose oxidase assay, available as a kit.
Allison, Matthew J.; Bering, C. Larry. J. Chem. Educ. 1998, 75, 1278.
Enzymes |
Biotechnology
Detection of Catalysis by Taste  Robert M. Richman
The addition of Lactaid to milk will cause the milk to taste sweet due to the hydrolysis of lactose; this can be detected by students drinking milk that has been treated with this catalyst.
Richman, Robert M. J. Chem. Educ. 1998, 75, 315.
Catalysis |
Enzymes |
Food Science |
Applications of Chemistry |
Consumer Chemistry
Small-Scale Kinetic Study of the Catalyzed Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide  Ronald O. Ragsdale, Jan C. Vanderhooft , and Arden P. Zipp
The decomposition of hydrogen peroxide can be studied directly and quickly by determining the rate of formation of oxygen bubbles produced. This experiment, like the iodine clock reaction, provides quantitative measurements for a general chemistry course.
Ragsdale, Ronald O.; Vanderhooft , Jan C.; Zipp, Arden P. J. Chem. Educ. 1998, 75, 215.
Catalysis |
Kinetics |
Microscale Lab
A Kinetics Experiment To Demonstrate the Role of a Catalyst in a Chemical Reaction: A Versatile Exercise for General or Physical Chemistry Students  Christine L. Copper and Edward Koubek
By modifying the iodine clock reaction, students can use the initial rate method to observe the role of a catalyst in a chemical reaction via activation energy calculations and evaluate a proposed mechanism. They can also determine the order with respect to each reactant and the rate constants of the noncatalyzed and catalyzed reactions.
Copper, Christine L.; Koubek, Edward. J. Chem. Educ. 1998, 75, 87.
Catalysis |
Kinetics |
Mechanisms of Reactions
An Oscillating Reaction as a Demonstration of Principles Applied in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering  Weimer, Jeffrey J.
Platinum catalyzed decomposition of methanol.
Weimer, Jeffrey J. J. Chem. Educ. 1994, 71, 325.
Thermodynamics |
Catalysis |
Transport Properties |
Kinetics |
Reactions
The repeating "exploding" flask: A demonstration of heterogeneous catalysis   Battino, Rubin; Letcher, Trevor M.; Rivett, Douglas E. A.
This demonstration can be used to illustrate heterogeneous catalysis and thermochemistry.
Battino, Rubin; Letcher, Trevor M.; Rivett, Douglas E. A. J. Chem. Educ. 1993, 70, 1029.
Calorimetry / Thermochemistry |
Catalysis
Applications of Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution diagrams.  Peckham, Gavin D.; McNaught, Ian J.
Although Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution diagrams are intuitively appealing, care must be taken to avoid several common errors and misconceptions.
Peckham, Gavin D.; McNaught, Ian J. J. Chem. Educ. 1992, 69, 554.
Thermodynamics |
Rate Law |
Catalysis
An equilibrium machine.  Sawyer, Douglas J.; Martens, Thomas E.
An equilibrium machine powered by air pressure that demonstrates the concepts of equilibrium, activation energy, and catalysis.
Sawyer, Douglas J.; Martens, Thomas E. J. Chem. Educ. 1992, 69, 551.
Equilibrium |
Catalysis |
Laboratory Equipment / Apparatus
An experiment on heterogeneous catalysis  Bussi, Juan; Correa, Carlos; Coch Frugoni, Juan A.
A laboratory that looks at homogeneous catalysis of the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide in the presence of dichromate.
Bussi, Juan; Correa, Carlos; Coch Frugoni, Juan A. J. Chem. Educ. 1991, 68, 170.
Catalysis
Catalysis: New reaction pathways not just a lowering of the activation energy  Haim, Albert
The explanation that the increased rate associated with a catalyzed reaction is the result of a lowering of the activation energy cannot always be correct.
Haim, Albert J. Chem. Educ. 1989, 66, 935.
Catalysis |
Rate Law
Obtaining the Corning catalytic combustor: A low-cost method to demonstrate catalysis  Brodemus, John S.
Corning Glassworks is making the Corning Catalytic Combuster Demo Kit available to teachers.
Brodemus, John S. J. Chem. Educ. 1989, 66, 768.
Laboratory Equipment / Apparatus |
Catalysis
Analysis of kinetic data with a spreadsheet program  Henderson, John
An article about spreadsheet templates that accept concentration versus time data for several runs of an experiment, determination of least-squares lines through data points for each run, and will allow the user to exclude points from the least-squares calculation.
Henderson, John J. Chem. Educ. 1988, 65, A150.
Chemometrics |
Laboratory Computing / Interfacing |
UV-Vis Spectroscopy |
Rate Law |
Kinetics |
Enzymes
Demonstration of chemical inhibition  Cooke, David O.
This demonstration convincingly shows shows the effect of an inhibitor on a chemical system.
Cooke, David O. J. Chem. Educ. 1988, 65, 68.
Catalysis |
Reactions
Introduction to overhead projector demonstrations  Kolb, Doris
General suggestions for using the overhead projector and 21 demonstrations. [Debut]
Kolb, Doris J. Chem. Educ. 1987, 64, 348.
Rate Law |
Reactions |
Catalysis |
Equilibrium |
Transition Elements |
Metals |
Oxidation / Reduction |
Acids / Bases
Enzyme technology: A practical topic in basic chemical education   Grunwald, Peter
This article elucidates how a new important field of development and research like biotechnology can be integrated into a normal chemistry course.
Grunwald, Peter J. Chem. Educ. 1986, 63, 775.
Enzymes |
Catalysis |
Enrichment / Review Materials |
Biotechnology
The catalytic function of enzymes  Splittgerber, Allan G.
Review of the structure, function, and factors that influence the action of enzymes.
Splittgerber, Allan G. J. Chem. Educ. 1985, 62, 1008.
Catalysis |
Enzymes |
Mechanisms of Reactions |
Proteins / Peptides |
Molecular Properties / Structure
A useful model for the "lock and key" analogy  Fenster, Ariel E.; Harpp, David N.; Schwarcz, Joseph A.
A model that nicely illustrates this principle is the "SOMA" puzzle cube.
Fenster, Ariel E.; Harpp, David N.; Schwarcz, Joseph A. J. Chem. Educ. 1984, 61, 967.
Molecular Modeling |
Molecular Properties / Structure |
Molecular Recognition |
Enzymes
Influence of temperature and catalyst on the decomposition of potassium chlorate in a simple DTA apparatus  Wiederholt, Erwin
The authors describe the use of a simple DTA-apparatus in demonstrating the catalytic effects of MnO2 and Al2O3 on the decomposition temperature of KClO3.
Wiederholt, Erwin J. Chem. Educ. 1983, 60, 431.
Kinetics |
Instrumental Methods |
Catalysis |
Reactions |
Rate Law
The preparation and properties of polybutadiene (jumping rubber)  Shakhashiri, Bassam Z.; Dirreen, Glen E.; Williams, Lloyd C.
A catalyst is added to a pop bottle containing 1,3-butadiene in pentane; after being shaken, the mixture sets to gel and the contents erupt from the bottle within two minutes.
Shakhashiri, Bassam Z.; Dirreen, Glen E.; Williams, Lloyd C. J. Chem. Educ. 1980, 57, 738.
Catalysis
Chemical Kinetics: Reaction Rates  Mickey, Charles D.
Reviews the chemistry behind factors that influence the rates of chemical reactions.
Mickey, Charles D. J. Chem. Educ. 1980, 57, 659.
Rate Law |
Kinetics |
Reactions |
Catalysis
Catalysis  Kolb, Doris
Definitions for and history of catalysts, speeding up chemical reactions, enzymes, and industrial catalysis.
Kolb, Doris J. Chem. Educ. 1979, 56, 743.
Catalysis |
Rate Law |
Enzymes |
Industrial Chemistry
The burning sugar cube  Smith, Douglas D.
A wide range of powdered solids can be used to produce a burning sugar cube.
Smith, Douglas D. J. Chem. Educ. 1977, 54, 552.
Carbohydrates |
Oxidation / Reduction |
Reactions |
Catalysis
Tyrosinase. An introductory experiment with enzymes  Friedman, Michael E.; Daron, Harlow H.
Uses potatoes, apples, bananas, and mushrooms of sources of tyrosinase, which turns brown melanin when exposed to oxygen.
Friedman, Michael E.; Daron, Harlow H. J. Chem. Educ. 1977, 54, 256.
Enzymes |
Catalysis
A new chemistry program for nursing and allied health students  Stanitski, Conrad L.; Sears, Curtis T., Jr.
Outlines and discusses the topics considered in a chemistry program for nursing and allied health students.
Stanitski, Conrad L.; Sears, Curtis T., Jr. J. Chem. Educ. 1975, 52, 226.
Nonmajor Courses |
Applications of Chemistry |
Medicinal Chemistry |
Oxidation / Reduction |
Catalysis |
Acids / Bases |
pH |
Metabolism |
Drugs / Pharmaceuticals
Questions [and] Answers  Campbell, J. A.
175-179. Five ecological chemistry questions and their answers.
Campbell, J. A. J. Chem. Educ. 1975, 52, 171.
Enrichment / Review Materials |
Photochemistry |
Catalysis |
Enzymes
The bombardier beetle  Plumb, Robert C.; Erickson, Karen L.
The chemistry behind the bombardier beetle's chemical defenses illustrates the principles of reaction rates, catalysis, and laboratory safety.
Plumb, Robert C.; Erickson, Karen L. J. Chem. Educ. 1972, 49, 705.
Applications of Chemistry |
Natural Products |
Rate Law |
Catalysis |
Oxidation / Reduction |
Aromatic Compounds
The hydrolysis of 4-nitrophenol phosphate. A freshman class investigation  Hopkins, Harry P., Jr.; Mather, Jane H.
A study of the hydrolysis of 4-nitrophenol phosphate is made the basis of a biochemistry-oriented quarter in freshman chemistry; after completing the simple hydrolysis studies, the student proceeds to investigate the enzymatic hydrolysis of 4-nitrophenol phosphate.
Hopkins, Harry P., Jr.; Mather, Jane H. J. Chem. Educ. 1972, 49, 126.
Reactions |
pH |
Esters |
Enzymes |
Catalysis
Miscellaneous  Alyea, Hubert N.
These twelve overhead projection demonstrations include rates of reactions, clock reactions, the effect of temperature and the presence of a catalyst on the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide, the relationship between viscosity and temperature, equilibria, solubility product, and the common ion effect.
Alyea, Hubert N. J. Chem. Educ. 1970, 47, A437.
Oxidation / Reduction |
Kinetics |
Rate Law |
Reactions |
Acids / Bases |
Catalysis |
Equilibrium |
Precipitation / Solubility
Catalysis demonstrations with Cr2O3  Briggs, Thomas S.
Cr2O3 is used as a catalyst in the oxidation of nonflammable substances such as glycerine and glacial acetic acid.
Briggs, Thomas S. J. Chem. Educ. 1970, 47, A206.
Oxidation / Reduction |
Reactions |
Catalysis
Catalysis and cleanliness  Johnston, Joseph E.
A catalytic reaction demonstrates that it is practically impossible to thoroughly clean a piece of glassware.
Johnston, Joseph E. J. Chem. Educ. 1969, 46, A547.
Catalysis
Negative catalyst (the author replies)  Young, Jay A.
The author addressed criticism of his earlier description of a negative catalyst.
Young, Jay A. J. Chem. Educ. 1969, 46, 186.
Catalysis
Negative catalyst  Singh, Hakam; Mittal, K. L.
The author examines the description of a negative catalyst offered in an earlier issue of the Journal.
Singh, Hakam; Mittal, K. L. J. Chem. Educ. 1969, 46, 185.
Catalysis
Chemical queries. Especially for introductory chemistry teachers  Young, J. A.; Malik, J. G.
(1) How can half-reactions be added to determine potentials? (2) What is the approximate size and weight of uranium-235 necessary for a chain reaction to occur? (3) What is the distinction between an inhibitor and a negative catalyst?
Young, J. A.; Malik, J. G. J. Chem. Educ. 1968, 45, 477.
Electrochemistry |
Nuclear / Radiochemistry |
Catalysis
VI - Biochemistry in the introductory college chemistry course  Sturtevant, Julian M.
To whatever extent one wishes in the introductory chemistry course to stimulate students' interest in the subject, it seems important to include illustrations of the role chemical progress plays in biology.
Sturtevant, Julian M. J. Chem. Educ. 1967, 44, 184.
Enzymes |
Proteins / Peptides |
Bioenergetics
Textbooks errors. Miscellanea no. 5  Mysels, Karol J.
Considers inconsistencies in the units involved in thermodynamic expressions, incorrect units given for equivalent conductivity, oscillations in polargraphic measurements, and inconsistencies in dealing with catalysis.
Mysels, Karol J. J. Chem. Educ. 1967, 44, 44.
Nomenclature / Units / Symbols |
Thermodynamics |
Catalysis
The effect of structure on chemical and physical properties of polymers  Price, Charles C.
Suggests using polymers to teach the effect of changes in structure on chemical reactivity, the effect of structure on physical properties, the role of catalysts, and the basic principles of a chain reaction mechanism.
Price, Charles C. J. Chem. Educ. 1965, 42, 13.
Physical Properties |
Molecular Properties / Structure |
Polymerization |
Kinetics |
Reactions |
Catalysis |
Mechanisms of Reactions
The burning sugar cube: Still unexplained?  Doty, Gene
This brief note discusses possible explanations for the melting of a sugar cube where another rubbed with cigarette ashes burns.
Doty, Gene J. Chem. Educ. 1964, 41, 244.
Catalysis |
Oxidation / Reduction |
Phases / Phase Transitions / Diagrams
Homogeneous catalysis: A reexamination of definitions  Leisten, J. A.
Considers common questions regarding the action of catalysts by examining various typical examples.
Leisten, J. A. J. Chem. Educ. 1964, 41, 23.
Catalysis |
Reactions |
Acids / Bases
Enzymes and metaphor  Asimov, Isaac
Asimov provides a series of metaphors useful in helping students to understand the action of enzymes and catalysts in general.
Asimov, Isaac J. Chem. Educ. 1959, 36, 535.
Enzymes |
Catalysis