Last updated Friday, December 11, 2015

1. General

Get a lab notebook (you can use the one from Chem 30 BL if you still have pages left. This might be a reason to pick up your old lab notebook from Chem 30 BL before it is disposed, a knee-length flame-resistant lab coat (cotton or polyester lab coats are not acceptable according to CAL-OSHA regulations), goggles and nitrile gloves i.e., AXE (YH 1275) before you come to the lab. The first lab meeting will be on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 1 pm (for those of you who are enrolled, wait-listed or attempt to be enroll in these sections). Attendance during your first meeting is mandatory. If you do not attend during the first 15 minutes, you will automatically lose your spot in the course (being still on winter break is not an excuse because it demonstrates poor planning! Neither is the excuse that you could not find the way to the sixth floor! Hint: The elevators in the east wing get you up there if they do work, of course). Wait-listed students will be signed up then based on priority (chemistry majors first, next biochemistry majors and then according to seniority, extension students last. Sorry!). Nobody enters the lab before being approved by the instructor in order to make the enrollments run smoother!

The first lecture will be on
Tuesday, January 5, 2015 at 9 am in YH 4216 (the lecture is scheduled to be podcasted). The required texts are sold as a package (Course Reader (Organic Chemistry 30CL Reader, Winter 2016) and the Exam Collection Reader for Chem 30 CL (Winter 2016) (together $36). The techniques and spectroscopy reader ("A Short Survival Kit for O=Chem Lab", Winter 2016) is highly advisable if you do not own a recent version ($29). The textbook from J. Mohrig et al. (Techniques in Organic Chemistry) is recommended but not required. The course readers will be available at Course Reader Materials in Westwood (1081 Broxton Avenue, starting December 11, 2015, open M-F 9-4 pm, S 10-4 pm (first two Saturdays in the quarter only), phone number: (310)443-3303). It is in your best interest to have the latest edition of the readers, since this is the source your TA and the instructor use for lectures, quizzes and exams. All readers were significantly revised over the summer and fall. This is the wrong place and time to save a few dollars. Look at it as an investment of passing the course.

The final exam will be administered on
Thursday, March 17, 2016, 8:00-11:00 am, room tba. There will be no make-up exam! So plan your final exam schedule accordingly! If you plan to take the final exam with OSD, please make sure to make arrangement with them early since seats are limited there. The instructor will not be able to administer the exam for these students due to the limited resources.

It is highly advisable to read the lecture material before the lecture since it makes it easier to understand what is covered in the actual lecture. The lecture time allotted for this class does not permit to discuss every aspect in great detail. Aside of that, you are in a higher level class which requires you to do more work on your own as well. The assigned articles for the epoxidation project should be obtained asap (this means on day #1 and not the day before the final paper is due!), because they are very helpful for your in-lab work.

You should also review topics like chromatography (LC, TLC, GC), extraction theory, recrystallization, NMR spectroscopy, 2-dimensional NMR techniques, DEPT spectroscopy, etc before the course starts to get a good start into the practical work. You are expected to have a good grasp of these techniques and subjects from Chem 30BL. There is no excuse if you don't know how to apply the knowledge that you acquired previously in general or organic chemistry courses. If you did not take the courses at UCLA, it is your responsibility to check what was covered in previous courses and if you are really ready to take Chem 30CL at this point in time. However, the instructor will offer additional work-shops on Mondays from (M 5-6:30 pm, room and start: tba) to review spectroscopy (IR, NMR, UV-Vis) and other topics of interest (check web site for schedule and topics).

2. In-lab work

Literature work (Scifinder)

You will probably not be able to finish the worksheet, but the introduction should be enough to get started on the literature research for your formal report. The draft version for your research paper will be due January 22, 2016 at 4:30 pm. This draft version should include the complete introduction and some parts of the project that you have already finished by then including the full interpretation of the spectra. Just a hint: Procrastinating will get get you in a lot of trouble in this course because late submissions will be penalized with significant point deductions.

b. Sign-up for Scifinder Scholar and Reaxys

Please register for
Scifinder Scholar Web version before January 4, 2016. Instructions are available at: You will have to use your UCLA email address to register. After you have completed the registration process, CAS(Chemical Abstract Service) will send you an email to your "" account. You will have to follow the instructions in CAS email to complete the registration for Web access.

Questions: Please contact Courtney Hoffner, Chemistry Librarian,