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CHEM 342 -Organic Chemistry - Martin Walker - 2015 Spring: CHEM 342 - Overview



Please see the links to the wiki on the left for detailed requirements.  The project overall calls for you to develop a viable lab procedure for converting carvone to 2-methylcarveol

Your Task for this Session:

  • Search the literature for a variety of mechanisms for converting the carvone and determine the "most appropriate" (as defined by your professor) possibility.
  • Find the specific procedure you will use in lab to do this.

Researching chemical procedures

While there are many unique aspects to searching chemistry literature, the main process follows the flow of the general research process.  For this lab, the specific tasks and the order in which you will cover them are listed in the tabs above.  Namely:

1) Topic analysis on the reaction:

  • What general type of reaction is it?
  • What are the anticipated products?  reactants? 
  • What are the CAS numbers, inchi names, upac names, chemical formulary, chemical structures, etc. for the products and reactants?  In other words, every synonomous way you can come up with for labeling them.
  • What other words or phrases are associated with the reaction, products, reactants,...

2) Types and selection of search tools:

  • Finding reactions:
    • By inputing chemical formulary
    • By text searching in:
      • Article databases
      • Reaction databases
      • Electronic book searching (or searching the index of suitable paper books)
      • The free web (google scholar...)
  • Finding article literature

3) Searching within the right tools and identifying specific articles/patents

4) Reading the abstracts to determine appropriateness and Selecting which articles to read

5) Locating or interlibrary loaning the full-text of the articles


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