Organic Chemistry Laboratory Techniques

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Lisa Nichols, Butte Community College

Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13:

Publisher: Independent

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Reviewed by Kelli Slunt, Professor, University of Mary Washington, on 6/20/2018.

The text covers most major laboratory techniques utilized in an organic chemistry laboratory. The book provides a detailed table of contents with … read more



Reviewed by Matthew Grote, Adjunct Professor, Otterbein University, on 5/22/2018.

This book achieves a level of comprehensiveness that I have not seen in an Organic Chemistry lab techniques book before. Every relevant technique is … read more



Reviewed by Anna Manukyan, Assistant Professor, Hostos Community Collge of CUNY, on 3/28/2018.

The organic lab manual provides detailed and comprehensive material of general organic laboratory techniques and instrumentation. It contains … read more



Reviewed by Constance Franklin, Assistant professor, Organic chemistry laboratory coordinator, Virginia Commonwealth University, on 3/28/2018.

This book does an excellent job of covering all of the basic techniques used in an organic chemistry lab. Each section is written so that it can … read more



Reviewed by Abraham Yousef, Associate Professor, Sweet Briar College, on 8/16/2017.

This book provides a thorough coverage of standard techniques used in the organic laboratory. The table of contents on page 2 is very useful as it … read more



Reviewed by Dana Horoszewski, Professor, Northern Virginia Community College, on 6/21/2017.

The book includes detailed descriptions of all relevant techniques used in intro organic chemistry lab as well as some more advanced techniques. … read more



Reviewed by Dana Lashley, Visiting Assistant Professor, The College of William and Mary, on 6/21/2017.

This laboratory technique manual is very detailed and extremely well-written. All the discussed techniques are very commonly used in undergraduate … read more



Reviewed by Philip Brown, Teaching Professor of Chemistry, North Carolina State University, on 6/21/2017.

The book covers all the areas relevant for the typical undergraduate science student. It is well indexed and the links to move around the text are excellent.… read more



Reviewed by Maria Gallardo-Williams, Teaching Associate Professor, North Carolina State University, on 6/21/2017.

All the relevant techniques required to complete the first two semesters of organic chemistry lab are covered in detail,… read more



Reviewed by Skip Brenzovich, Assistant Professor, Roanoke College, on 6/21/2017.

This laboratory manual is extremely comprehensive, introducing and explaining all of the major techniques that a student might encounter in an … read more



Reviewed by Jeffrey Elbert, Asscoaite Professor, University of Northern Iowa, on 2/9/2017.

The text covers the general techniques used in organic chemistry very well. The detail is consistent with a majors section course. All major types … read more



Reviewed by Elizabeth Cohen, Chemistry Professor, Mount Hood Community College, on 12/6/2016.

The textbook provided a comprehensive and in depth coverage of the both laboratory technique and instrumentation used in an introductory organic … read more


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  • Chapter 1: General Techniques
  • Chapter 2: Chromatography
  • Chapter 3: Crystallization
  • Chapter 4: Extraction
  • Chapter 5: Distillation
  • Chapter 6: Miscellaneous Techniques
  • Chapter 7: Technique Summaries 

About the Book

This resource was created by Lisa Nichols (chemistry faculty at Butte Community College in Northern California) as a result of an academic sabbatical leave in the Fall-2015 to Spring 2016 term.  The target audience are undergraduate students in organic chemistry.

In this resource you will find theory and procedures on the main organic lab techniques (chromatography, crystallization, extraction, distillation) as well as general concepts on how to set up and heat apparatuses (see the Table of Contents tab for a more complete listing of topics).

All procedures are accompanied by step-by-step pictures, and graphics are heavily utilized throughout the resource.

About the Contributors


Lisa Nichols obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in chemistry from California State University, Chico in 2001 and a Master’s degree in organic chemistry from Stanford University in 2003. At the time of this project she had taught chemistry fulltime for 12 years at Butte Community College (in Oroville, northern California, near C.S.U. Chico), with an emphasis on teaching majors-level organic chemistry.