Using Animations to Visualize Olefin Metathesis Chemical Reactions


  • Savannah Kaitlyn Hall Tennessee Technological University


A series of animations and PowerPoint presentations have been created to help introductory chemistry students visualize the Chauvin mechanism for olefin metathesis chemical reactions.  Olefin metathesis is the subject of the 2005 Nobel Prize for chemistry, and the reaction can be difficult to describe with static diagrams. For this reason, a team of high school and undergraduate chemistry students at Tennessee Technological University have created animations of olefin metathesis reactions to demonstrate how the atoms rearrange in the chemical reaction. The reaction animations are available with open-access for presenters to download editable files.


Author Biography

Savannah Kaitlyn Hall, Tennessee Technological University

Chemical Engineering Major