Spirited Research

Tom GoodwinDr. Tom GoodwinCONWAY, Ark. (Sept. 7, 2011) – Hendrix College chemistry professor Dr. Tom Goodwin was featured in a recent story in Chemical and Engineering News.

To read the article, visit http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/89/i36
/8936news1.html

The article discusses using commercial liquor as solvents.

Goodwin developed an experiment in which vodka or rubbing alcohol (70% isopropyl alcohol) is used as the solvent for sodium borohydride reduction of a ketone. Goodwin, who leads the Toad Suck Institute for Green Organic Chemistry with his colleagues at Hendrix, noted the alcoholic work is complementary to recent developments in green “on water” reactions in which insoluble reactants are merely stirred in water at ambient temperature, as opposed to using traditional petrochemical-based solvents.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. Hendrix is featured in the 2011 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country’s best 376 colleges and is listed in the 2012 edition of the Fiske Guide to College as one of 25 “Best Buy” private colleges included. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.