My research interests include green chemistry, inquiry-based learning, and ways to use technology to enhance student learning. The reaction shown at the top is an example of a green imine synthetic method that my research group developed, published in the journal Green Chemistry, and recently patented . This particular compound glows under black light, but its starting materials don’t, so you can watch it glow as it forms! The second video is an example of a light-initiated synthetic sequence where one of the products formed in the first tube acts as a reactant in the second tube. The third tube is just a trap to render any leftover gases benign. The different colors reflect the different levels of acidity in the trap.

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Imine Synthesis (fluorescent example)

Preparation of Bromoalkanes by Substitution and Addition Reactions