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Chemistry International
Vol. 23, No. 4
July 2001

New Projects


Collecting, Testing, and Disseminating Experiments in Solid-State and Materials Chemistry

IUPAC has approved a two-year project to provide tested experiments in the fields of solid-state and materials chemistry to be introduced into the chemistry and materials science curriculum. The experiments that will be submitted can be used for junior and senior undergraduates as projects, and for masters students as laboratory courses. Because in recent years the development of high-technology materials is a very important issue, this project will be very useful in advancing the preparation of novel compounds.

Testing of experiments once they are prepared will be accomplished by another laboratory or by students. The range of topics would be broadened by considering different synthesis methods, such as solid-state, solution, hydrothermal, or solgel reactions. Characterization by different instrumental methods and determination of magnetic, electrical, optical, thermal, and mechanical properties could also be considered.

Comments from the chemistry and materials science communities are welcome and should be ad-dressed to the project coordinator, Prof. Meral Kizilyalli, Department of Chemistry, Middle East Technical University, Ankara 06531, Turkey; Tel.: +90 312 2103208; Fax: +90 312 2101280; E-mail: See for project description and update.

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