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ERIC Number: EJ827393
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Identification of an Unknown Compound by Combined Use of IR, [to the first power]H NMR, [to the thirteenth power]C NMR, and Mass Spectrometry: A Real-Life Experience in Structure Determination
Liotta, Louis J.; James-Pederson, Magdalena
Journal of Chemical Education, v85 n6 p832-833 Jun 2008
In this introductory organic chemistry experiment, the students get an opportunity to analyze and identify an unknown compound as it is done in a real-laboratory setting. First, students are instructed on the proper operation of three major instruments, NMR, IR, and GC-MS, and are given a sample of an unknown compound. The students are expected to operate these three instruments on their own so as to obtain [to the first power]H NMR, [to the thirteenth power]C NMR, IR, and MS spectra of their unknown sample. They must then interpret the data from each of the four spectroscopic methods simultaneously to elucidate the chemical structure of the unknown compound. In this exercise, the instructor does not provide a list of possible unknowns so as to narrow the search for the students. All the knowledge about the nature of the compound is obtained from the spectral data. (Contains 1 list and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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