2022 Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry Laboratory II a/b

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Ishizone Takashi  Takao Toshiro  Murahashi Tetsuro  Otsuka Hideyuki  Ohtomo Akira  Nakazono Kazuko 
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Thr5-8(W4-201,301実験室)  Fri5-8(W4-201,301実験室)  
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Course description and aims

[Description of the course] In this course, the instructor will give instructions on basic tasks of chemical experiments for sophomore students who studied Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry Laboratories I a/b and I b/a, to cultivate their skills in experimental tasks and their understanding of organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and analytical chemistry. From the viewpoint of a practical chemical industry education, the following three themes are set; (1) “Organic synthesis I” for learning a basic organic reaction, nucleophilic substitution reaction, (2) “Organic synthesis II: aldehyde and ketone discrimination, nucleophilic addition” for learning a reaction using a Grignard reagent, which is a typical organic metal compound, and (3) “ε-Caprolactam” for learning the preparation of nylon, which is a typical synthetic fiber.
[Aim of the course] To understand the connection of basic chemistry to material society, it is essential to deeply examine the experimental results obtained by synthesis reaction through analyses and comprehension. One must learn the fundamental tasks with certainty and then approach the experiments with the underlying principles of reactions and safety. In this experiment, students first learn the essentials of fundamental tasks in a lecture and experimental presentation. Then, they practice the fundamental tasks while going through the three themes. Examinations of basic knowledge and practical thinking as well as writing experimental reports for each theme will enable the students to acquire correct synthetic and analytical techniques and to cultivate discussion skills.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) apply fundamental tasks such as filtration, washing, drying, vacuum distillation, and so on to a number of unit processes.
2) complete a general style of the experimental report including results, discussions, and survey details.
3) explain the historical background and practical materials related to each theme.
4) acquire systematic knowledge from experiments and to develop a plan for a safe and productive chemical experiment.


(Organic synthesis I) nucleophilic substitution reactions, elimination reactions, Williamson ether synthesis
(Organic synthesis II) nucleophilic addition, reduction, functional group discrimination, organometallic chemistry, gas chromatography,
(ε-Caprolactam) oximation reactions, Beckmann rearrangement, recrystallization, ring-opening polymerization, 6-nylon

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

In this course, all the students will start with (1) experimental presentation. Then, the students are divided into three groups to learn the following three experiments in turn: (2) Organic synthesis I: butyl isopropyl ether, (3) Organic synthesis II: aldehyde and ketone discrimination, nucleophilic addition, and (4) ε-Caprolactam. In the last day, exercise problems and interpretation of the answers will be given to assess the students’ level of understanding.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance of experimental outline and fundamental operations Understand an outline of an experiment and draw up a plan
Class 2 Experimental presentations of the fundamental operations Understand an outline of an experiment and draw up a plan
Class 3 Synthesis of organic compounds I: halogenation reaction・steam distillation Learn skills for halogenations of alcohols and steam distillation.
Class 4 Synthesis of organic compounds I: halogenation reaction・distillation Learn skills for distillation of an organic halide and analysis by gas chromatography.
Class 5 Synthesis of organic compounds I: Williamson ether synthesis Learn skills for Williamson ether synthesis.
Class 6 Synthesis of organic compounds I: Williamson ether synthesis・distillation Characterize raw ether product and discuss the nucleophilic substitution.
Class 7 Organic Synthesis I I: characterization of carbonyl functional groups Characterize carbonyl functional groups.
Class 8 Organic Synthesis II: nucleophilic addition, reduction Synthesize alcohols by using hydride reagents.
Class 9 Organic Synthesis II: distillation under reduced pressure, analysis Purify the products by distillation and analyze the pure compounds.
Class 10 Organic Synthesis II: nucleophilic addition - introduction to organometallic chemistry Synthesize alcohols by the Grignard reagents.
Class 11 ε-Caprolactam: nucleophilic addition Synthesize oximes from carbonyl compounds.
Class 12 ε-Caprolactam: Beckmann rearrangement Synthesize amides by Beckmann rearrangement.
Class 13 ε-Caprolactam: recrystallization Purify ε-caprolactam by recrystallization.
Class 14 ε-Caprolactam: ring-opening polymerization Prepare 6-nylon by ring-opening polymerization.
Class 15 Exercise problems to assess the students’ level of understanding and interpretation of the answers Use the exercise problems to better understand the topics covered, and evaluate one’s own progress.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 50 minutes preparing for class and another 50 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Textbook for the Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry Laboratory II (In Japanese), edited by committee for the chemical engineering and industrial chemistry laboratory (Tokyo Institute of Technology, School of Materials and Chemical Technology, Department of Chemical Science and Engineering). This textbook will be available in a co-op store.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

In order to safely perform the experiments (continued), -Basin Operations and Basic Measurements (In Japanese)", 4th Ed., edited by Kagakudojin (Kagakudojin Co., Ltd.), ISBN: 978-4-7598-1834-5

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on their achievements of learning outcomes based on the quality of reports on three themes (83%) and examination (17%).
A student may fail the course if he/she repeatedly comes to class late or does not submit assignments too often.

Related courses

  • CAP.B201 : Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry Laboratory I a/b
  • CAP.B202 : Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry Laboratory I b/a
  • CAP.B204 : Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry Laboratory II b/a

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

This is the prerequisite course to take "Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry Laboratory II b/a".

Students must have successfully completed both Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry Laboratory I a/b (CAP.B201.R) and Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry Laboratory I b/a (CAP.B202.R) or have equivalent knowledge.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Takashi Ishizone: ishizone.t.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp
Hideyuki Otsuka: otsuka.h.ab[at]m.titech.ac.jp
Akira Ohtomo: ohtomo.a.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp
Tetsuro Murahashi: murahashi.t.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp
Toshiro Takao: takao.t.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp
Toshiki Sawada: sawada.t.ab[at]m.titech.ac.jp
Kazuko Nakazono: nakazono.k.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp

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Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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