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Badger Electrochemists. Giddings Award Symposium. Leslie J. Lyons Department of Chemistry Grinnell College Grinnell, Iowa 50112. Congratulations Alanah!. Outline. Badger Electrochemists (1952 - present) Analytical Chemistry at Grinnell Teaching: Introductory and Advanced

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badger electrochemists

Badger Electrochemists

Giddings Award Symposium

Leslie J. Lyons

Department of Chemistry

Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa 50112

  • Badger Electrochemists (1952 - present)
  • Analytical Chemistry at Grinnell
    • Teaching: Introductory and Advanced
    • Research: Silicon Electrolytes for Lithium Battery Applications
  • Acknowledgements
badger electrochemistry home
Badger Electrochemistry Home

This photograph, from 1978, shows the Daniels building from the northeast, on the corner of University Avenue and Mills Street.

Photo courtesy of UW-Madison University Communications.


Shain Chemistry Research Tower

Irving Shain

Photos courtesy of UW-Madison University Communications.


Primitive cyclic voltammetry in 1963.

Students in the laboratory in 1962 (L to R): R. Nicholson, B. Schwarz, B. K. Hovsepiar, and D. Polcyn

Photos courtesy of Irving Shain and UW Dept. of Chemistry


Sarah Baker

Grinnell ‘01

UW ‘06

teaching analytical chemistry at grinnell
Teaching Analytical Chemistry at Grinnell
  • CHM 130: Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry
    • Texts: Daniel Harris, Exploring Chemical Analysis, 3rd Ed. and Luther Erickson, Water Module Guidebook
  • CHM 358: Instrumental Analysis
    • Text: Skoog, Holler, Nieman, Principles of Instrumental Analysis, 5th Ed.
instrumental analysis electrochemistry labs
Instrumental Analysis: Electrochemistry Labs
  • Iodide Ion Selective Electrode
  • Polarography of Pb
  • Anodic Stripping Voltammetry
  • Cyclic Voltammetry
  • Rotating Ring Disk Voltammetry
  • Impedance Spectroscopy
  • Spectroelectrochemistry
chm 130 text topics
CHM 130 Text Topics
  • Review of Monoprotic Acid/Base Equilibria
  • Titrations and Buffers
  • Polyprotic Acids
  • Activity
  • Spectrophotometry and Atomic Spectroscopy
  • Transition Metal and Coordination Chemistry
  • Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry
  • Nuclear Chemistry
water module overview
Water Module Overview
  • 5 weeks of lab; 4 weeks of class
  • Question driven discussion of solubility equilibria, carbonate equilibria, atomic spectroscopy, and electrochemistry
  • Lab analyses of drinking water from around the country with Grinnell, Chicago, Des Moines, and bottled water providing benchmarks
  • Lab concludes with student poster presentations
water module class sessions week 1
Water Module: Class Sessions (Week 1)
  • Session 1. Formulating the Questions and Limiting the Exploration: Focus on Ionic Composition
  • Session 2. Dissolved Ionic Solids: Which ionic salts are present in typical water samples and how did they get there?
  • Session 3. Major species vs. minor species: Why are so many different concentration units employed to describe concentration levels of the several species present in water samples?
water module class sessions week 2
Water Module: Class Sessions (Week 2)
  • Session 4. Carbon dioxide and dissolved carbonates: Why do virtually all fresh water samples contain bicarbonate as a principal species?
  • Session 5. Hard water: What is meant by hard water and why does degree of hardness matter?
  • Session 6. Sodium and yellow flames: How can we determine how much sodium is in the water?
water module class sessions week 3
Water Module: Class Sessions (Week 3)
  • Session 7. Galvanic Cells and Ion Concentrations: How can galvanic cells be used to determine ion concentrations?
  • Session 8. Potentiometric Titrations: How do ion concentrations change in the course of a titration?
  • Session 9. Ion-Selective Electrodes and ppm Concentrations: How can we determine ion concentrations at the 1 ppm level?
water module class sessions week 4
Water Module: Class Sessions (Week 4)
  • Session 10. Conservation of Mass and Charge: Does it all add up? (including poster preparation)
  • Session 11. What does it all mean? What does the complete chemical analysis reveal about the source and treatment of our water samples?
  • Session 12. Exam
water module laboratory
Water Module: Laboratory
  • L1. pH and Alkalinity by Potentiometric Titration with HCl
  • L2. Water Hardness (Total and Ca) by EDTA Titration
  • L3. Chloride by Potentiometric Titration with Silver Nitrate
  • L4. Sodium Determination by Atomic Emission Measurements
  • L5. Nitrate by Potentiometry with Ion Selective Electrode
  • L6. Fluoride by Potentiometry with Ion Selective Electrode
  • L7. Total Dissolved Solids by Electrical Conductivity
water module student data
Water Module Student Data

Gillis, Goodwin-Kucinsky, Patnaik, Peters, and Yohannes

in the news
In the News
  • R&D 100 Award, September, 2005
  • Scientists craft lithium batteries
  • by John Potratz
  • Badger Herald Wednesday, October 5, 2005
  • New battery stimulates damaged nerves
  • Science Daily, Oct. 3, 2005
linear polysiloxane ionic conductivities
Linear Polysiloxane Ionic Conductivities


Macromolecules,2001, 34, 931-934.

cross linked polysiloxane gel electrolytes
Cross-linked Polysiloxane Gel Electrolytes

Macromolecules,2003, 36, 9176.

liquid siloxane electrolytes
Liquid Siloxane Electrolytes

Chem. Mater.,2006, 18, 1289.

acknowledgements grinnell college
Acknowledgements: Grinnell College

Marie Mapes Douglas Schumacher

Felipe Bautista Jay Jin

David Clipson Kate Morcom

Yanika Schneider Jacob Barrera

Lori Cooke Scott Harring

Megan Straughan James Taggart

T. Andrew Mobley

NSF-REU, NSF-MRI (2), HHMI, Grinnell College


Luther E. Erickson, “The Water Module Guidebook”

acknowledgements organosilicon research center
Acknowledgements: Organosilicon Research Center

Robert West

David Moline

Richard Hooper

Qinzheng Wang

David Sherlock

Ryan West

Zhengcheng Zhang

Nicholas A. A. Rossi

Lingzhi Zhang

UW University-Industry Relations Grant