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UA Chemistry Labs

Eligibility: Stillman College students majoring in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, physics or engineering with instructors’ recommendation. 

Costs: Free for eligible students.

Selected students for this program will need to submit the following two forms:

  1. Registration form or scan the QR code to register.

2. The University of Alabama Visiting Scholar Form: read page 4, complete all highlighted areas, save the form, and email the signed form to program coordinator Dr. Yinghui Liu (email:

List of Chemistry labs  

Lab locations: Our chemistry labs are located in Shelby Hall and The Science & Engineering Complex.

General Chemistry I (CH 101)

Labs include: 1) Laboratory Basics: Accuracy and Precision, 2) Components of a Mixture, 3) Cathode Rays and Avogadro’s Number, 4) Atomic Spectra and Flame Test-Flames and Smoke Bombs, 5) Conservation of Mass and Reaction Types-Copper Recovery Cycle, 6) VSEPR and Molecular Model, 7) Chemiluminescence:  Glow Stick in a Beaker Reactivity of Group 1 Metals, 8) Hydrates, 9) Styrofoam Cup Calorimetry: Atomic Weights, and 10) Gas Laws.  Note: This lab is aligned with CHM 141 Stillman College. Attend only one of three daily sessions.   

General Chemistry II (CH 102)

Labs include: 1) Observe the Rainbow:  Paper Chromatography, 2) Activation Energy Determination, 3) Colligative Properties:  Freezing Point Depression, 4) Equilibrium Constants and LeChatelier’s Principle:  CoCl2, 5) The Chelate Effect, 6) Acid-Base Titration, 7) Determining the Buffer Capacity of Antacids, 8) Redox Reactions:  Detecting Traces of Blood, 9) Group I Cations, 10) Group III Cations, and 11) Radioactivity. Note: This lab is aligned with CHM 141 Stillman College. Attend only one of three daily sessions.    

Introductory Organic Chemistry (CH 105)

Labs include: 1) Properties of Organic Compounds, 2) Reactions of Hydrocarbons, 3) Alcohols and Phenols, 4) Aldehydes and Ketones, 5) Test for Carbohydrates, 6) Carboxylic Acids and Esters, 7) Aspirin and Other Analgesics, 8) Lipids, Amino Acids, and Proteins, 9) Enzymes, 10) How Big is a DNA Molecule. Note: This lab is aligned with CHM 343 Stillman College. Attend only one of three daily sessions.   

Elementary Organic Chemistry Lab (CH 237)

Labs include: 1) Separation of the Components of “Panacetin”, 2) Stereochemistry of the Addition of Br2 to Trans-Cinnamic Acid, 3) Synthesis of Banana Oil, 4) Dehydration of Methylcyclohexanols, 5) TLC Analysis of Drug Mixtures, 6) Synthesis of Triphenylmethanol and the Trityl Carbocation, 7) Synthesis of Trityl Carbocation, 8) Friedel-Crafts Acylation of Anisole, 9) Aldol Condensation using an Unknown Aldehyde and Unknown Ketone, 10) NMR and IR Analysis of Aldol Product, 11) Spectroscopic Identification of an Unknown. Note: This lab is aligned with CHM 344 Stillman College. Attend only one of three daily sessions.    

Quantitative Analysis (CH 223)

Labs include: 1) Safety quiz (online) for all students, 2) Standardize NaOH & Determine KHP, 3) Gravimetric Analysis of Chloride, 4) Determine Ascorbic Acid in Vitamins, 5) Diprotic Titration of Carbonate/Bicarb, 6) Spectroscopy of Fe in Vitamin C Tabs, 7) EDTA Titration for Zn(II) and Mg(II), 8) Determine Cu by Atomic Spec, 9) Riboflavin by Fluorescence, 10) Potentiometric Titration. Note: This lab is aligned with CHM 247/248 and CHM 344 Stillman College. Attend only one of three daily sessions.   

Note: Registration for any of these labs is free. Transportation and parking will be provided upon request. Students will have access to UA library resources and be provided with lab manuals and safety PPEs and receive safety training before participating in a chemistry lab. Lab reports are graded by Stillman College Instructors.

Please contact Dr. Tasha Drake, email:, or Dr. Reginald Little, email: to register.