Chemistry Today – November 2015



Chemistry Today – November 2015


Peter W. Atkins, Javier García-Martínez, Elena Serrano-Torregrosa
Chemistry Education: Best Practices, Opportunities and Trends

This comprehensive collection of top–level contributions provides a thorough review of the vibrant field of chemistry education. Highly–experienced chemistry professors and education experts cover the latest developments in chemistry learning and teaching, as well as the pivotal role of chemistry for shaping a more sustainable future.
Adopting a practice–oriented approach, the current challenges and opportunities posed by chemistry education are critically discussed, highlighting the pitfalls that can occur in teaching chemistry and how to circumvent them. The main topics discussed include best practices, project–based education, blended learning and the role of technology, including e–learning, and science visualization.
Hands–on recommendations on how to optimally implement innovative strategies of teaching chemistry at university and high–school levels make this book an essential resource for anybody interested in either teaching or learning chemistry more effectively, from experience chemistry professors to secondary school teachers, from educators with no formal training in didactics to frustrated chemistry students.

Anjali Patel, Soyeb Pathan
Heterogeneously catalyzed selective oxidations of alcohols is a highly topical field. The first chapter of this brief describes the importance of the selective oxidation of alcohols and advantages of heterogeneous catalysts over conventional catalysts, use of environmentally benign oxidants, and the design of selective catalysts by tailoring of polyoxometalates at the molecular level. Chapter 2 describes synthesis, characterization 11-molybdophosphate based supported materials and their use as heterogeneous catalysts for oxidation of alcohols with molecular oxygen under solvent free mild reaction condition. ZrO2, Al2O3, MCM-41 and zeolite Hβ were used as supports. Chapter 3 describes synthesis, characterization of transition metals (Mn, Co, Ni, Cu)- substituted phosphomolybdates and their use as heterogeneous catalysts for oxidation of alcohols with molecular oxygen under solvent free mild reaction condition. Chapter 4 describes conclusive remarks for present catalytic systems.

John Daintith
The Facts On File Dictionary Of Chemistry

Newly revised and expanded, The Dictionary of Chemistry is clear, concise, and informative. All the basics of chemistry are here–the elements, groups of compounds, formulas, equations, chemical processes, laboratory techniques, and instruments. It contains more than 2,500 entries and includes modern chemical nomenclature and the most up-to-the-minute information on the properties of elements.

Over 250 new entries have been added, including: Buckminsterfullerene Fullerite Nanotubes Quasicrystal Supramolecular chemistry Crown either.

John Daintith
The Facts on File Dictionary of Organic Chemistry (Facts on File Science Dictionary)

Organic chemistry is one of two fairly distinct parts of chemistry, the other being inorganic chemistry. It is generally studied separately from inorganic chemistry and, above a certain level, students use different textbooks for the two branches of the discipline. The Facts On File Dictionary of Organic Chemistry provides quick access and complete reference definition to the terms, concepts, and principles that make up a significant part of section 4 of the advanced placement chemistry course for high school students.

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