CHEM 2544 - Organic Chemistry II Laboratory - Summer 2014

Course Webpage and Syllabus




There will be 14 laboratory periods including check-in and check-out.

Section 1: Tuesday/Thursday - 08:00 am - 09:50 am, SSB 232.

Section 2: Tuesday /Thursday - 10:10 am - 12:00 pm, SSB 232.



Check-in and safety orientation. 

Experiment 1: IR and NMR Spectroscopy, Chapters 11 and 12 - Identification of Unknowns.

Experiment 2: Oxidation: Cyclohexanone from Cyclohexanol by Hypochlorite Oxidation, Chapter 22 (Experiment: 5th Edition pp. 381-383; 6th Edition pp. 361-364)

Experiment 3: Sodium Borohydride Reduction of 2-Methylcyclohexanone, Chapter 26 (Experiment: 5th Edition pp. 419-423; 6th Edition pp. 390-394. In both editions skip Computational Chemistry.)

Experiment 4: Aldehydes and Ketones, Chapter 36. Unknowns (Experiments: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7. 5th Edition pp. 502-514; 6th Edition pp. 467-478)

Experiment 5: Esterification, Chapter 40. Synthesis of n-Butyl Acetate by Azeotropic Distillation of Water (Experiments 1: 5th Edition pp. 559-560; 6th Edition pp. 520-521)

Experiment 6: Polymers, Chapter 67 (Experiment 1: 5th Edition pp. 818-820; 6th Edition pp. 763- 764.)

Experiment 7: Nitration of Methyl Benzoate, Chapter 28. (Experiment 1: 5th Edition pp 432-433; 6th Edition pp 402-403)

Experiment 8: Friedel-Crafts Alkylation of Benzene, Chapter 29 (Experiment 1: 5th Edition pp. 437-440; 6th Edition: pp. 407-410)

Experiment 9: Amines, Chapter 43 (Experiments: 1 and 2; 5th Edition: 586-590; 6th Edition: 545-548.)

Experiment 10: The Sandmeyer Reaction, Chapter 44 (Experiments 1, 2, 3: 5th Edition pp 596-601; 6th Edition: pp. 554-559)

Experiment 11: Dyes and Dyeing, Chapter 46. Diazotization of Sulfanilic Acid and Preparation of Methyl Orange (Experiments 1, 4: 5th Edition pp. 635-636, 639-640; 6th Edition pp. 592, 596-597.)

Experiment 12: Carbohydrates, Chapter 63 (Experiments: 2, 3: 5th Edition: pp. 770-771; 6th Edition: pp. 723-724.)





Section 1

Lucas Solano



Section 2

Katie Dunleavy



Office hours: to be announced




Dr. Peter Grundt

Office: Chem. 319, Phone: 726-6939


Office hours:  M, W, F    10:10 to 11:10 am (after lecture)

Dr. Viktor V. Zhdankin,

Office: Chem. 341, Phone: 726-6902

Office hours: M, W, F    10:10 to 11:10 am (after lecture) 



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 and carbohydrates.



All class materials, including this syllabus, schedule of experiments and laboratory handouts as well as useful links to other websites will be posted and periodically updated on the following web page:



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



Macroscale and Microscale Organic Experiments 5th or 6th Edition by Williamson/Minard/Masters

Safety Goggles

College ruled, bound Laboratory Book




12 Experiments (12 x 10 pts)

120 pts

10 Quizzes (10 best of 12 quizzes, 3 pts each

30 pts

TA assessment

20 pts


200 pts



-       The write-up of every experiment constitutes a major portion of the grade for this course. Your notebook will be collected on several occasions (dates to be announced). If you do not hand in your notebook on time up to 10 pts may be deducted from your score for each occurrence. Furthermore, if you happen to "adjust" yields, melting points etc. to any other values than you observed or copy any part of the write-up straight from the textbook or from another student you may receive 0 pts for that particular experiment.


-       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 first session (check-in) and last session (check-out) of this laboratory 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 will 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 or other students have to clean your workspace c) The TA considers your clothing including your shoes a safety hazard 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 more information.