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ERIC Number: EJ1161194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
The Use of ATR-FTIR in Conjunction with Thermal Analysis Methods for Efficient Identification of Polymer Samples: A Qualitative Multiinstrument Instrumental Analysis Laboratory Experiment
Dickson-Karn, Nicole M.
Journal of Chemical Education, v94 n11 p1780-1783 Nov 2017
A multi-instrument approach has been applied to the efficient identification of polymers in an upper-division undergraduate instrumental analysis laboratory course. Attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) is used in conjunction with differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) to identify 18 polymer samples and to determine whether polyethylene samples are high density or low density and whether nylon samples are composed of nylon-6 or nylon-6,6. This experiment introduces students to the use of two different instruments to qualitatively analyze several polymers in an efficient manner.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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