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CHEM 2225: Organic Chemistry Lab II

In this five-day lab course, students perform experiments that illustrate the principles learned in CHEM 2223.


Learning outcomes

  • Perform the standard techniques used in practical organic chemistry.
  • Plan and carry out a multi-step synthesis using a prescribed procedure.
  • Measure and report relevant physical properties of prepared compounds.
  • Identify selected organic unknowns through physical properties, chemical tests, spectral data, and derivative preparation.
  • Handle organic chemicals safely and describe their potential dangers.
  • Describe disposal techniques and laboratory emergency procedures.
  • Use the reference material found in the laboratory.

Course topics

  • Dehydration of an alcohol
  • Oxidation of a cyclic ketone
  • Reduction of a bicyclic ketone
  • Photochemical reactions
  • Synthesis of a nitrogen containing heterocyclic compound
  • Separation and identification of organic compounds
  • Crossed aldol condensation
  • Organic spectroscopy
  • Infrared
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)

Required text and materials

Students will be required to print their own laboratory manual prior to their first day in class. Other supplies will be provided during the lab. For safety reasons, students must wear closed shoes. No open-toed shoes or sandals are permitted in the labs. No contact lenses are to be worn. Safety goggles much be purchased for this lab.


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on all laboratory reports and assignments. Students will also be graded on their lab technique and data book.

Students cannot miss more than two lab sessions or an incomplete grade will be assigned.

Experiment 7: Dehydration of Alcohols 10%
Experiment 8: Mircrowave-Promoted Suzuki Coupling Reaction: Preparation of 4-Acetylbiphenyl 20%
Experiment 9: Polarimetry 5%
Experiment 10: Reduction of Norcamphor 10%
Experiment 11: Synthesis of Phenytoin 10%
Experiment 12: Separation and Identification of Organic Compounds 15%
Experiment 13: Synthesis of Dibenzalacetone 10%
Data Book 10%
Lab Technique 10%
Total 100%
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