Enhancing SMET Disciplines Through CIBI

Enhancing Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Disciplines Through Chemistry Instrument-Based Instruction

Chemistry labActivity Overview

This proposal sought to positively impact academic instruction in science, mathematics, engineering and technology (SMET) disciplines in which Black Americans are under-represented. The Chemistry Laboratory Instrument-based Instruction was the vehicle through which the goals of this project were met. The minimum basic instrumentation with versatile intra and inter-discipline applications formed the infrastructure and provided the core of resources in the Department of Chemistry. The goals to (a) create an Integrated Instrument Chemistry Laboratory (IICL) support system to serve mainly middle and upper division instruction and (b) develop Computers in Chemistry Laboratories (CICL) to serve the lower division chemistry have been achieved.

Activity Outcomes

The Chemistry Department located on the second floor of the New Science Building had designated spaces, but no equipment for laboratory instruction, prior to November 2002. The awarding of a Title III grant changed all that and provided cutting edge instrumental infrastructure that addresses the laboratory instructional needs over the spectrum of courses offered by the Department.

The following are highlights of the benefits arising from the infrastructural developments brought about by the Title III project in the Department:

  1. Two Computers in Chemistry Laboratory (CICL) were designed to support instruction at the freshman and sophomore levels mainly, but has application at the higher levels as well.
  2. The Integrated Instrumental Chemistry Laboratory (IICL) was designed to support instruction at the junior, senior, graduate, and research levels as well as the lower sophomore level.
  3. The Title III sponsored project has in large part been responsible for the overall instrumental infrastructure in the Department. It provided a strong basis for the National Science Foundation funding of a 400 MHz Varian NMR spectrometer in the Department.
  4. The Laboratory Infrastructure also received operational support from the HBCU-MI-ETC-Department of Energy grant at Prairie View.
  5. Nine faculty members utilized the facilities for teaching and research.
  6. All Chemistry laboratory courses that are sophomore and above are impacted by the facilities. Prior to the implementation and integration of the Title III facilities in the curriculum, students in chemistry had no access to this instructional cutting edge equipment.
  7. Chemistry laboratory courses which are taught using the facilities are: CHEM 3422 (physical chemistry lab 1); CHEM 3432 (physical chemistry lab 2); CHEM 2012/2112 (quantitative analysis); CHEM 2032 & 2042 (organic labs 1& 2) CHEM 4052 (instrumental lab), CHEM 5322 (anal./instrumental graduate lab); CHEM 5442 (polymer Chem. Lab); CHEM 5414 (identification. of organic compounds) CHEM 5534 (general Biochemistry).
  8. On average, approximately 190 students per semester were served by the Title III facilities.
  9. The Title III facilities along with other equipment infrastructure have positioned the Department to easily satisfy the laboratory infrastructure criterion for American Chemical Society Accreditation. The Department is seeking ACS accreditation.

Integrated Instrumental Chemistry Laboratory (IICL)

  1. The main infrastructure is located in room 209 with other pieces of equipment in rooms 208a and 216 of the New Science Building.
  2. The following is a list of the Title III capital equipment in the Department:
  • chemistry professors1 Varian Prostar HPLC Chromatograph
  • 1 F.S. (Fast Sequential) Varian Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
  • 1 Saturn Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer (Varian)
  • 1 Varian Cary 50 UV-visible Spectrometer
  • 2 Thermo Matson Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR)
  • 2 Varian Gas Chromatograph
  • 1 Varian Radial Vista MPX Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometer
  • I Diamond TGA/DTA Thermal Analyzer
  • 1 Parr Isoperberol Bomb Calorimeter

Computer in Chemistry Laboratories (CICL)

  1. There are two MicroLab equipped facilities in the Department.
  2. Each lab has 9 student experiment stations and one instructor station for a total of 20 stations
  3. The lab station is designed to accommodate 2 students each for a total of 18 students per lab session (36 concurrently)
  4. Each station is comprised of:
    • A desk top computer and associated software
    • MicroLab experimental interface
    • General chemistry modules (pH probe, light detector, thermistor, burette drop counter, heater and magnetic spinner, pressure measuring devices, light absorption and scattering spectrometer, electrochemical modules, energy of light module, etc.)
  5. All computers in the CICL have been locally networked to the instructor’s