Crystal growth, a research-driven laboratory course

Jamie Whelan, Joseph Koussa, Ibrahim Chehade, Merima Sabanovic, Adrienne Chang, Daniel Carelli, Zhihua An, Lu Zhang, Joel Bernstein, Wael Rabeh

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    The research-driven laboratory experiment described herein has at its core the individual development of students, combining core subject matter with the opportunity to explore, in a research environment, areas outside of traditional curricula; however, it maintains the pedagogical training for an undergraduate major degree in chemistry and sciences in general. The laboratory can feasibly be implemented in high schools to expose students to an engaging and intellectually fulfilling aspect of chemistry early in their career. This seven-week project is based on the growth and study of crystals and encourages students, from the outset, to conceive, propose, design, plan and carry out their own research on chemicals and conditions of their own choosing. The wide array of laboratory equipment, analytical instrumentation and techniques that the students are potentially exposed to, from micropipettes and optical microscopes to scanning electron microscopy and powder X-ray diffraction, puts these projects on a par with senior capstone research projects. The feedback from the students for the seven years this project has been in operation is almost unanimous in enthusiasm and praise.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1474-1480
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Applied Crystallography
    Volume51
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Oct 1 2018

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    Research laboratories
    Crystallization
    Students
    Research
    X-Ray Diffraction
    Curriculum
    Electron Scanning Microscopy
    Powders
    X ray powder diffraction
    Curricula
    Microscopes
    Feedback
    Equipment and Supplies
    Scanning electron microscopy
    Experiments

    Keywords

    • Crystal growth
    • Education
    • Research experience
    • Science laboratories
    • X-ray crystallography

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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    Whelan, J., Koussa, J., Chehade, I., Sabanovic, M., Chang, A., Carelli, D., ... Rabeh, W. (2018). Crystal growth, a research-driven laboratory course. Journal of Applied Crystallography, 51(5), 1474-1480. https://doi.org/10.1107/S1600576718009573

    Crystal growth, a research-driven laboratory course. / Whelan, Jamie; Koussa, Joseph; Chehade, Ibrahim; Sabanovic, Merima; Chang, Adrienne; Carelli, Daniel; An, Zhihua; Zhang, Lu; Bernstein, Joel; Rabeh, Wael.

    In: Journal of Applied Crystallography, Vol. 51, No. 5, 01.10.2018, p. 1474-1480.

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    Whelan, J, Koussa, J, Chehade, I, Sabanovic, M, Chang, A, Carelli, D, An, Z, Zhang, L, Bernstein, J & Rabeh, W 2018, 'Crystal growth, a research-driven laboratory course', Journal of Applied Crystallography, vol. 51, no. 5, pp. 1474-1480. https://doi.org/10.1107/S1600576718009573
    Whelan J, Koussa J, Chehade I, Sabanovic M, Chang A, Carelli D et al. Crystal growth, a research-driven laboratory course. Journal of Applied Crystallography. 2018 Oct 1;51(5):1474-1480. https://doi.org/10.1107/S1600576718009573
    Whelan, Jamie ; Koussa, Joseph ; Chehade, Ibrahim ; Sabanovic, Merima ; Chang, Adrienne ; Carelli, Daniel ; An, Zhihua ; Zhang, Lu ; Bernstein, Joel ; Rabeh, Wael. / Crystal growth, a research-driven laboratory course. In: Journal of Applied Crystallography. 2018 ; Vol. 51, No. 5. pp. 1474-1480.
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