Course Jukebox

Course Jukebox

Course Detail

Standard Academic Year
Semester 2
Course delivery methods
Hybrid or Others
Physical sciences
College of Science and Technology
Campus Talence
Course Offering Year
Course Offering Month
January - May
Weekday and Period
Course Number

Experimental Chemistry (CE- S2) University of Bordeaux

Course Overview

The class is a first experimental approach of the various domains of
organic and inorganic chemistry. It is devided into 6 practical
sessions of organic chemistry and 6 practical session of inorganic

Learning Achievement


Course prerequisites

High-school diploma.

Grading Philosophy

- Continuous assessment: 100 % weight of overall mark.
- Incase of failure, the continuous exam mark will be reported (60 %
weight of overall mark) and a second session will be organized (40%
weight of overall mark), either as a written final exam or an oral
session depending on the number of failed students.

- This 2nd session will take place at the end of June.

Course schedule

> Liquid/Liquid extraction: obtaining acrude product

- The aim of this experiment is to obtain a raw organic product
(liquid or solid) from a liquid reactional mixture.

> Purification of a liquid organic product: distillation

- The aim of this experiment is to obtain a pure organic product
(liquid) from a raw product (separation of a mixture of several
products with different boiling points).

> Thin layer and column Chromatography

- The aim of this experiment is to separate the coloring agents of a
green dye by a qualitative technic, the thin layer chromatography and
aquantitative technic, the column chromatography.

> Dibenzalacetone synthesis: purification by recrystallisation

- The aim of this experiment is to synthesize a solid organic product
– the dibenzalacetone – then purify it by the recrystallization

> Addition of halogens to alkenes: bromination of trans-stilbene

- The aim of this experiment is to perform the bromination
oftrans-stilbene with bromide generated in-situ.

> Electrophilic aromatic substitution: 4-methyl benzophenone synthesis

- The aim of this experiment is to perform the acylation reaction of
toluene with benzoyl chloride (Friedel and Craftsreaction).


> Study of materials crystalline structures, case of pure chemical

- The aim of this experiment is to visualize and study various simple
crystal structures of materials. This will be done using CaRIne, a
dedicated software.

> Study of the aluminum oxide: structure and density measurement

- The aim of this experiment is to discover a material widely used,
the aluminum oxide, through its crystallographic structure together
with density measuremens.

> Relation between materials structure and properties, an illustration

- The aim of this experiment is to illustrate the correlation between
the organization of the materials at the atomic scale and their
properties with a piezo-chromic material.

> Study of liquid – solid binary diagrams

- The aim of this experiment is to predict the nature of the phases
in presence, for a binary mixture, at a given temperature and

> Study of X-ray diffraction (XRD) diagrams

- The aim of this experiment is to have a first illustration of the
potential of using XRD in the field of inorganic chemistry.

> BaTiO3 sol gel synthesis

- The aim of this experiment isto illustrate the interest of using
soft chemistry and more particularly solgel chemistry for synthesizing
metal oxides.

Course type

Practical sessions: 16 x 4 hours.

Online Course Requirement


Other information

All practical session will be taught in English.
Duration: 14 weeks

Language of instruction: English
Mode of delivery: Laboratory Class

Site for Inquiry

Please inquire about the courses at the address below.

Contact person: Gilles Sèbe

Gilles Philippot