Air Pollution in Beijing China

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SCC101 Research Paper

Final Report Due: Feb XX (Week 6)

Late papers will NOT be accepted.  Early ones will be accepted.

You will also prepare a 5 minute powerpoint presentation based on your research topic. Presentations will be given online during class in Week 6. You need to submit your presentation video on Blackboard.

You must submit your project research paper on Blackboard (or by email to your instructor). It should be a Word file.

The purpose of this Research Paper is to familiarize you with some current topics in the field of chemistry, particularly related to environmental issues.  This will also expose you to the experimental approaches and techniques routinely used during scientific investigations.  The research paper also represents an opportunity for you to explore an area of your own academic or professional interest.

Overall Format: Approx 7-10 pages, double spaced and with a 12-pt. Times Roman font. For figures, however, use font Arial.    



You must NOT copy and paste content from websites, books or journals. You must use your own words to discuss the content of the references that you use. Checks will be made for plagiarism and points deducted.

In fact, you can check this yourself!

Matching MUST be LESS THAN 20%.

Uploading the project report to SafeAssign does NOT mean that you have submitted it to your instructor. To submit your project report, you must upload it on BB under the Research Project tab.



Research paper topic (in Week 2):                  5 points

Research paper outline (in Week 4):               10 points

Research paper (in Week 6):                           50 points

Online Presentation (Week 6):                        25 points

Total:                                                               90 points


I. Research Paper Topic:  Choose a topic, and discuss it with your instructor. Look on Page 5 for possible topics.

II. Research Paper Outline:  Send an outline of the project to your instructor. What is the scope of the project? What are the objectives? How will you attempt to achieve the objectives? The outline should briefly consider the scientific problem related to your topic, the techniques used to analyze the problem and how the problem could be overcome. The outline should be no more than one page.

III. Research Paper:  See pages 2-4 for full details.

IV. Online Presentation:  These will be given during the online class in Week 6. You need to upload your powerpoint presentation on Blackboard under the Research Project tab.



The paper is in the form of a report and should include Headings and Sub-headings as described below. Your writing should be purposeful with the content being clear, fluent and organized.

The Research Paper should consist of the following sections:


I. Title: 

The title should represent a current and relevant topic of chemistry, particularly concerning an environmental issue.  Several possible research topics are provided at the end of this document. Alternatively you can think of a research topic of your own interest.  If you have your own idea, you should discuss it first with the Instructor.  Do not leave the selection of the topic until too late!

Some websites that you can get inspired to find a potential research topic (not the only ones of course):

Some possible sources of scientific information for your research paper:


II.  Background information:

The background information should provide a description about the chosen topic.  You should mention some historical information that is relevant to the topic (e.g., the involvement of a particular scientist, a historic moment, an important observation that led to a discovery, etc).  To provide a historical review of your topic, you should be able to synthesize in-depth information from various information sources. In this section you can define the scientific terms that are important and/or specific to your research topic (e.g.; Ozone layer is a layer in the stratosphere that absorbs the harmful UV radiation from the sun). Here you can also establish the environmental implication of your topic (e.g. if you are describing a chemical, this chemical may be relevant to atmospheric pollution).

III.  Discussion: 

This section forms the main body of the report. The Discussion should be divided into 3 parts:

A.         An outline or overview of the pertinent techniques and/or chemical reactions.
This part describes all the chemical reactions, catalysts, techniques and/or experiments that are relevant to your topic. If the reaction is a catalytic process, you can discuss the catalytic mechanism that speeds up the reaction. Since you are writing mainly about a chemical topic, in this part you can describe any scientific technique that is relevant to the study of your objective.  For example, if you are discussing CO2 levels in the atmosphere you could describe how current levels are monitored and how historical levels are determined. 

This part also incorporates all the relevant data in the form of graphs, tables, charts, etc that you think support your development of the topic.  It could be data from landmark experiments or milestone achievements or routine research. 

B. Identification of a current problem that is being faced on this topic

In this part, you should identify and discuss a current problem or the effects that are being faced with respect to your chosen topic. The problem should be related to Chemistry and Society or the Environment (e.g., Global warming). Why is solving this problem relevant? Your views should be insightful and clear.

C. A current solution to remedy the problem.

Finally, you should round out the topic by considering a current solution that is being implemented and exploited to remedy the problem. What are the positive aspects of this solution? Does it work? Does it lead to other problems?

IV Conclusions:

This section provides a summary of the previous sections. Show how the reactions, techniques, problem and solution discussed in section III relate to the topic and background information discussed in section II.

V.  References:

You must reference the source of your material. This means within the text, you must cite the referenced work, for example: Recently, efforts to reduce stratospheric ozone depletion have been connected with climate     

change in the troposphere [Molina et al, 2009].

The full reference must be given in the Reference section at the end of the paper, for example,


Mario Molina, Durwood Zaelke, K. Madhava Sarma, Stephen O. Andersen, Veerabhadran  

Ramanathan, Donald Kaniaru (2009). Reducing abrupt climate change risk using the Montreal   

Protocol and other regulatory actions to complement cuts in CO2 emissions. Proc. Natl. Acad.   

Sci. U.S.A. 106 (49):

All Figures that you use must be properly labeled with the Figure number, title and reference of where you obtained the figure, for example,

Figure 3. Emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels during the last 200 years [Marland et al, 2007]
You should reference at least three sources of information for your work. For example, two of these references could be citations of the sources of the problem and solution in the Discussion section. You should include at least one book and one journal article. Please use the American Chemical Society (ACS) format for accepted referencing practices:


or you could consult:


Submit your chosen topic by email to your instructor BEFORE the end of Week 2.

1. Atmospheric pollutants – CFC’s, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, etc.

2. Nuclear power, nuclear fission and waste.

3. How scientists determine that the carbon dioxide concentration of the atmosphere has increased.

4. Air pollution in Beijing, China.

5. Climate Change

6. Investigations of local issues like Newtown creek or Hudson river oil pollution.

7. Detection and estimation of organic pollutants in seawater.

8. The Biological effects of anti-inflammatory or pain killing medications (or other drugs of your choice).

9. Fracking.

10. Pesticides in Foods.

11. Biofuels.

12. Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs)

13. Parabenes, Phthalates, Dyes and other Toxic Chemicals used in consumer products.

14. COVID-19 Pandemic

Note:  You can think of other topics, but make sure to consult with your Instructor and obtain their authorization.

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