Sat., Jan. 23 Medicines & Drugs

Full Day [8:15 am – 4:00 pm] 0.5 sem hrs / 7.5 contact hours

Title:  Chemistry of Medicines and Drugs

Presenters: Dr. Gary Balaich, Professor of Chemistry, USAFA; Dr. Ron Furstenau, Retired Professor of Chemistry, USAFA; Dr. Abby Jennings, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, USAFA; Dr Doris Kimbrough, Professor of Chemistry, UCDenver

Description:   Now more than ever, the Chemistry of Medicine and Drugs is a fascinating study.  You will learn about materials in medicines, the chemistry of vaping, and the drug approval process. You will participate in experiments that can be used in your classrooms and experiments in a research-style environment using advanced equipment to identify and synthesize drugs.

Agenda:

0815            Meet participants on the south steps of the Cadet Field House;  Escort to Chemistry Conference Room (2N189)

0845-0915   Introductions, refreshments, admin items in Chemistry Conference Room

 0915-1015   Presentation:  “Chemical Functional Groups, Drug Synthesis and Analysis”   Dr Gary Balaich

1015-1030   Break, Chemistry Conference Room (2N189)

1030-1230   Laboratory Experiments

Identifying Drugs by Instrumental Analysis”:  In this series of labs, participants will synthesize biodiesel and biodiesel petroleum diesel blends.  Different techniques will then be used to analyze drugs, including high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GCMS).

“Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) to ID Drugs”:  TLC is a powerful, but simple technique which can be used to separate and identify over-the-counter drug mixtures and to identify unknowns, applicable to a wide variety of middle and high school classes.

“Synthesis of Aspirin and Methyl Salicylate”:  This is a straightforward lab allowing participants to make their own aspirin and methyl salicylate (oil of wintergreen; Ben Gay).

1030-1130  

Group A:  Identifying Drugs by Instrumental Analysis (Dr Balaich)

Group B:  Thin Layer Chromatography to ID Drugs (Dr Jennings)

Group C:  Synthesis of Aspirin and Methyl Salicylate (Dr Furstenau)

1130-1230   Group A:  Thin Layer Chromatography to ID Drugs (Dr Jennings)

Group B:  Synthesis of Aspirin and Methyl Salicylate (Dr Furstenau)

Group C:  Identifying Drugs by Instrumental Analysis (Dr Balaich) 

1230-1330   Working Lunch Break in Lecture Hall

Presentation:  “Chemistry of Vaping”; Dr Doris Kimbrough

1330-1430   Laboratory Experiments

Group A:  Synthesis of Aspirin and Methyl Salicylate (Dr Furstenau)

Group B:  Identifying Drugs by Instrumental Analysis (Dr Balaich)

Group C:  Thin Layer Chromatography to ID Drugs (Dr Jennings)

1430-1530   Presentations:  “Materials in Medicine”; Dr Abby Jennings

1530-1600   Final wrap-up of the day’s events (2N189)

1600            Depart chemistry area for Cadet Field House