Organic Chemistry II Lab

Universitat Politècnica de València

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Organic Chemistry II Lab

  • Host University

    Universitat Politècnica de València

  • Location

    Valencia, Spain

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Organic Chemistry Lab II

    1 Credits | 200 Level | 20 Contact hours


    The text for this course is considered optional, but is an invaluable resource for anyone who
    wants to understand the organic laboratory techniques and underlying theories. Older editions, but editions earlier than the fifth edition are not recommended due to significant changes.

    Students using the earlier editions must determine on their own how the assigned readings
    correlate to their copy of the text.

    If you choose not to use the Zubrick text, the online Organic Chemistry Lab Techniques, by Lisa
    Nichols is an open-access alternative (


    1. Textbook: The Organic Chem Lab Survival Manual: A Student's Guide to Techniques,
    10th ed. by James Zubrick
    2. Laboratory Notebook: either a bound notebook (like a composition notebook) or a
    laboratory notebook (like those used in Chem 1411/1611)
    3. Approved laboratory safety goggles
    4. Laboratory coat



    This course, in conjunction with CHEM 2321, is designed to introduce students to the methods,
    equipment, instrumentation, and techniques involved in chemical synthesis. The laboratories this semester will focus on introducing students to common techniques for the separation, purification, and analysis of specific chemical compounds in reaction solutions and complex mixtures.

    The ability to isolate pure compounds is vital to the synthesis of all varieties of chemicals for both
    manufacturing and research purposes. The techniques introduced in this course are the same
    techniques used for purifying and analyzing chemicals in research programs like those found in
    Department of Chemistry here at the University of Virginia as well as in pharmaceutical and fine chemical labaratories throughout the worlds



    1 Course Introduction. Meet in laboratory at the following times:
    2 Synthesis: Paracetamol (acetaminophen)
    3 Purification: Recrystallization and Melting Point
    4 Analysis: Thin-Layer and Gas Chromatography
    5 Separation: Acid/Base Extraction
    6 Characterization: IR Spectroscopy



    Pre-Lab Preparation 10%
    In-Lab Participation 10%
    Post-Lab Assignment 60%
    Final Exam 20%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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