August 29 - December 9


Section 1: Tuesday 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM, SSB 232
Section 3: Tuesday 3:00 PM – 4:50 PM, SSB 232
Section 4: Wednesday 3:00 PM - 04:50 PM , SSB 232
Section 5: Thursday 03:00 PM - 04:50 PM , SSB 232


Dr. Peter Grundt, Office: Chem. 319, Phone: 726-6939
        office hours:  M, W 9:30 to 11:00 am or by appointment


Khiem Chau Nguyen
        office hours:  Tu 12:30-2:30 pm, SSB 121


CHEM 2544 (Organic Chemistry II Laboratory) is the second semester Organic Chemistry laboratory course. The experiments will cover IR and NMR spectroscopy, reactions of carbonyl compounds, aromatics, amines, carbohydrates and polymers.


Macroscale and Microscale Organic Experiments 5th Edition or 6th by Williamson/ Minard/ Masters
Safety Goggles
Bound Laboratory Book (Composition type)

PREREQUISITES: CHEM 2541 (Organic Chemistry I Lecture) and CHEM 2543 (Organic Chemistry I Laboratory)



28 August-3 September: Check In and Safety for NEW Students/ NMR/IR Overview

4 September-10 September: IR and NMR Ch 11--IR & 12—NMR

11 September-17 September: Ch 22.3-- Oxidation of Cyclohexanol with Hypochlorite

18 September-24 September: Ch 26-- Reduction of 2-Methylcyclohexanone with Sodium Borohydride

25 September-1 October: Ch 36--Aldehydes and Ketones (Experiments 1,2,3,6,7)

2 October-8 October: Ch 63-- Carbohydrates-(Experiment 2 and 3)

9 October-15 October: Ch 40.1—Esterification - Synthesis of n-Butyl Acetate

16 October-22 October: Ch 67.1 Polymers

30 October-5 November: Ch 28.1--Nitration of Methyl Benzoate

6 November-12 November: Ch 29.1--Friedel-Crafts Alkylation of Benzene

13 November-19 November: Ch 43—Amines (Experiment 1 and 2)

27 November-3-Dec: Ch 44.1,2,3---Sandmeyer Reaction

4-December 10-December : Ch 46--Dyes + Check out

Laboratory handouts can be found at:


12 Experiments

120 points (12x10 pts)

12 5-Minute Quizzes 

  36 points (12x3 pts)

TA Assessment

  24 points


180 points


- The write-up of every experiment constitutes a major portion of the grade for this course. If you happen to adjust yields, melting points etc. to any other values than you observed, you may receive 0 pts for that particular experiment.  Your TA will announce in class details concerning the write-up..

- The purpose of the quizzes is to verify that you did prepare for the up-coming experiments of each laboratory session. There is no quiz in the first week of this course. The quizzes will be given in the first 5 minutes of the beginning of each laboratory session. If you are late, you may not be able to take the quiz and a score of 0 pts may be included in the total quiz score.

- TA assessment - General performance in the laboratory. The TA decision to deduct points is final. Points may be deducted for any of the following reasons: a) Your TA considers your behavior in laboratory to be a safety risk for yourself and others. b) The TA has to clean your workspace c) your clothing including your shoes is inappropriate for a laboratory course. – The TA will give you the opportunity to change your clothing and shoes however you will not be able to make-up any missed time.

- There will be no opportunity to make up a missed Laboratory period. The UMD policy for excused absences applies.

The University of Minnesota Duluth policies related to teaching and learning apply for this course. For details see:

Access for Students with Disabilities: It is the policy and practice of the University of Minnesota Duluth to create inclusive learning environments for all students, including students with disabilities. If there are aspects of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or your ability to meet course requirements please notify the instructor as soon as possible. You are also encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Resources to discuss and arrange reasonable accommodations. Please call 218-726-6130 or visit the DR website at for more information.