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Chemistry: Cars



Franco-Mariscal, A. J. (2015). Exploring the everyday context of chemical elements: Discovering the elements of car components. Journal of Chemical Education, 92(10), 1672-1677.



Pietro, W. J. (2009). Ethanol as an alternative fuel for automobiles: Using the First Law of Thermodynamics to calculate the "corn-area-per-car" ratio. Journal of Chemical Education, 86(5), 579-581.

Zoellner, B. P., Chant, R. H., & Wood, K. (2014)."But aren't diesel engines just for big, smelly trucks?" An interdisciplinary curriculum project for high school chemistry students. Journal of Chemical Education, 91(4), 497-504.


Pinto, G., & Oliver-Hoyo, M. T. (2008). Using the relationship between vehicle fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to illustrate chemical principles. Journal of Chemical Education, 85(2), 218-220.

Wildeman, T. R. (1974). The automobile and air pollution: A chemical review of the problem. Journal of Chemical Education, 51(5), 290-294.


Kang, Y., Deng, C, Chen, Y., Liu, X., Liang, Z., Li, T., & Hu, Q. (2020). Binder-free electrodes and their application for Li-ion batteries.  Nanoscale Research Letters, 15(1),

Plumb, R. C. (1970). Car won't start? Journal of Chemical Education, 47(5), 382-383.

Plumb, R. C. (1973). Racing car batteries: Illustrating the Nernst equation and Faraday's law. Journal of Chemical Education, 50(12), 857.


Catalytic Converters

Wong, G., Mark, B., Chen., X., Furch, T., Singmaster, K. A., & Wagenknecht, P. S. (2001). Preparation and use of a room-temperature catalytic converter. Journal of Chemical Education, 78(12), 1667-1668.

Young, M. A. (2010). Demonstration of a catalytic converter using a lawn mower engine. Journal of Chemical Education, 87(2), 180-182.

Motor Oil

Palkendo, J. A., Kovach, J., & Betts, T. A. (2014). Determination of wear metals in used motor oil by flame atomic absorption spectroscopy. Journal of Chemical Education, 91(4), 579-582.  

Ritter, S. (2006, March 13). Motor oil: Lubricant keeps car engines from clanging apart, sparks debates on how often it should be changed. Chemical & Engineering News, 84(11), 38.

Ruppel, T., & Turpin, J. (2008). High performance chemistry: Scientists in the fast lane. Journal of Chemical Education, 85(10), 1316-1318.

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Metals, Glass, & Interiors

Donahue, C. J., & Exline, J. A. (2014). Anodizing and coloring aluminum alloys. Journal of Chemical Education, 91(5), 711-715.

Giordano, G. (2020, September). Smooth operations: Developments in molding, electronics, and color application are creating highly functional and stylish interior auto surfaces. Plastics Engineering, 76(8), 20-24.

Internet Wire. (2017, January 9). 2017 Consumer Electronics and Detroit auto shows demonstrate how smart your glass could be with new automotive uses for SPD-SmartGlass by Research Frontiers.

Leggett, D. (2020, February 26). Audi seat upholstery made of PET.