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ERIC Number: EJ1110388
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Extraction and Antibacterial Properties of Thyme Leaf Extracts: Authentic Practice of Green Chemistry
Purcell, Sean C.; Pande, Prithvi; Lin, Yingxin; Rivera, Ernesto J.; Paw U, Latisha; Smallwood, Luisa M.; Kerstiens, Geri A.; Armstrong, Laura B.; Robak, MaryAnn T.; Baranger, Anne M.; Douskey, Michelle C.
Journal of Chemical Education, v93 n8 p1422-1427 Aug 2016
In this undergraduate analytical chemistry experiment, students quantitatively assess the antibacterial activity of essential oils found in thyme leaves ("Thymus vulgaris") in an authentic, research-like environment. This multi-week experiment aims to instill green chemistry principles as intrinsic to chemical problem solving. Students progress through various techniques including extraction, chromatography (TLC and HPLC), culturing bacteria, and disk diffusion via a process of guided exploration that emphasizes green experimental design. Approximately 600 undergraduate students carried out the experiment and self-reported substantial learning gains.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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