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Resources for Independent Lab Ptoject in CHEM 412 A

This is your assignment for March 28, 2003. You are to research possibilities for your indpendent lab project.

There are several resources for planning your independent project in Inorganic Preparations (CHEM 412 A). Some of those resources that are available at the McNeese library are listed below:

Call No.
Angelici, Robert J.
Synthesis and technique in inorganic chemistry
Brauer, Georg
Handbook of preparative inorganic chemistry, vol. 1 & 2
Jolly, William L.
The synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds
Jolly, William L.
Synthetic inorganic chemistry
Jolly, William L., Ed.
Preparative inorganic reactions, vol. 1-7
Shriver, D. F.
The manipulation of air sensitive compounds
Zsafran, Zvi; Pike, Ronald M.; Singh, Mono M.
Microscale inorganic chemistry: a comprehensive laboratory experience
Woollins, Derek J.
Inorganic experiments

The above books may help you in choosing an independent project. Some are laboratory books, some are compendiums of inorganic syntheses of various types. The book by Shriver may be useful if you are choosing a synthessis that is air sensitive. It is considered the best source on manipulations of air sensitive compounds and reactions. (Also check out the section in your lab manual about air sensitive manipulations.)Dr. Delaney has one of copy of Jolly's Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry, that may be checked out of Chemistry Office. (Checkout is mandatory since over the years, Szafran's book, Angeleici's book and Jolly's "The synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds," have all been permanently "borrowed" by various students. It is extremely hard to replace review copies, so he no longer has copies of them. You'll have to fight over the copies in the library.)

General rules for the independent project:
  1. The project must involve inorganic chemistry in some manner, and the inorganic chemistry must be of some major focus in the preparation, reaction, etc.

  2. Synthesis of extremely toxic materials or substances such as explosives are out (i.e. no NI3, TNT, nitroglycerine, etc.)

  3. Your choice of project may be limited by the starting materials on hand. Usually chemicals are not specifically bought for these project unless they are things that are easily available from such sources as grocery or drug stores.

  4. All independent projects are subject to the approval of the instructor, Dr. Delaney

Within those rules, it is possible to do such things such as prepare compounds that might be needed for such things as undergraduate research with another professor, study the reactive photochemistry of simple inorganics as they pertain to photography, study metal content in animals (a previous study looked at lead and mercury content of fish from Contraband bayou, and compare the results to an earlier study), etc. There is a lot of latitude and leeway available for the independent project.

March 26, 2003