USE OF TECHNOLOGY FOR ORGANIC CHEMISTS
This laboratory is heavily dependent on, and inspired by, “Technology for the Organic
An Introductory Laboratory in Three Modules” by Esteb, J.J.; McNulty, L.M.;
Magers, J.; Morgan, P.; and Wilson, A.M. submitted to
J. Chem. Educ.,
There are several technological tools available to organic chemists, and scientists in
These tools continue to change and evolve. It is important for scientists to be aware
of the resources available to them for up-to-date research, scientifically appropriate databases,
and professional presentation of scientific data.
This laboratory will introduce you to only
some of the tools available to you. A lab period has been set aside as time to complete this
assignment. You are not required to complete this assignment during laboratory time, but the
instructor will be available during lab hours for questions.
Part 1: Research Tools
Online resources for the research scientist are invaluable, so long as the sources are
appropriate, reputable, and scientific. Websites like www.chemfinder.com and
www.sigmaaldrich.com contain a great deal of information. You will be utilizing these
sources in various activities common to synthetic chemists.
Log into your chosen computer and open your
favorite web browser. Be sure to turn off the “pop-up blocker” in your browser as many of the
items you will be calling up show up in pop-up windows.
Note the web browser that you are
Access the list of sites that you will use by opening the following site:
(this is the “useful links” link on the lab tab of
the course ning site)
Open the ChemBioFinder site
and do a search on “aspirin.” General information
about aspirin should appear, showing the structure, molecular formula, molecular weight,
CAS (Chemical Abstracts Number), density, melting point, and boiling point. Note all of
this in your notebook.
Lower on the page, there are several links to sites of interest about
aspirin. Click on two of them.
What did you find?
What information about aspirin do you
Go back to the chemfinder search page.
What chemical compound, medication, or
drug would you
like to know more about?
Type in the name of that item and perform the
search. What did you choose? Note all the general information (see the list for aspirin). Are