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ERIC Number: EJ1001192
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
A Simple Visualization of Double Bond Properties: Chemical Reactivity and UV Fluorescence
Grayson, Scott M.
Journal of Chemical Education, v89 n7 p925-927 Jul 2012
A simple, easily visualized thin-layer chromatography (TLC) staining experiment is presented that highlights the difference in reactivity between aromatic double bonds and nonaromatic double bonds. Although the stability of aromatic systems is a major theme in organic chemistry, the concept is rarely reinforced "visually" in the undergraduate curriculum. With the use of a TLC plate to immobilize a range of unsaturated hydrocarbons, their UV fluorescence properties and their susceptibility to oxidation, using a permanganate stain, can be easily and rapidly visualized in a classroom setting. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A