Introduction to Experimental Chemistry

small, semi-transparent vials ranging in color from red to orange, yellow, green, and blue.

Moungi’s nanocrystals. Photograph by Felice Frankel, used with permission.


MIT Course Number

5.35 / 5.35U

As Taught In

Fall 2012



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Course Description

This course is the first part of a modular sequence of increasingly sophisticated (and challenging) laboratory courses required of all Chemistry majors: 5.35 Introduction to Experimental Chemistry, 5.36 Biochemistry and Organic Laboratory, 5.37 Organic and Inorganic Laboratory, and 5.38 Physical Chemistry Laboratory. This course provides students with a survey of spectroscopy, and introduces synthesis of coordination compounds and kinetics.

This class is part of the new laboratory curriculum in the MIT Department of Chemistry. Undergraduate Research-Inspired Experimental Chemistry Alternatives (URIECA) introduces students to cutting edge research topics in a modular format.



Professor Nelson and Dr. Twardowski would like to acknowledge the contributions of MIT Professor Timothy Swager to the development of this course. Module 3 on Fabrication of a Polymeric Light Emitting Device, taught by Timothy Swager, is not currently available on OCW.


Keith Nelson, and Mariusz Twardowski. 5.35 Introduction to Experimental Chemistry, Fall 2012. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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