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ERIC Number: EJ1062284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
An Oil Spill in a Tube: An Accessible Approach for Teaching Environmental NMR Spectroscopy
Simpson, AndreĀ“ J.; Mitchell, Perry J.; Masoom, Hussain; Mobarhan, Yalda Liaghati; Adamo, Antonio; Dicks, Andrew P.
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n4 p693-697 Apr 2015
NMR spectroscopy has great potential as an instrumental method for environmental chemistry research and monitoring but may be underused in teaching laboratories because of its complexity and the level of expertise required in operating the instrument and interpreting data. This laboratory experiment introduces environmental NMR spectroscopy to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in a simple and accessible manner. Students investigate the partitioning of crude oil components into water under various environmental conditions; assess the effects of agitation and dispersants on dissolution; and identify benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene components through standard addition. Furthermore, electronic referencing is introduced as an effective method for quantification in complex unaltered samples.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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