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ERIC Number: EJ838935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Assembly of a Modular Fluorimeter and Associated Software: Using LabVIEW in an Advanced Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
Algar, W. Russ; Massey, Melissa; Krull, Ulrich J.
Journal of Chemical Education, v86 n1 p68-71 Jan 2009
A laboratory activity for an upper-level undergraduate course in instrumental analysis has been created around LabVIEW. Students learn rudimentary programming and interfacing skills during the construction of a fluorimeter assembled from common modular components. The fluorimeter consists of an inexpensive data acquisition module, LED light source, silicon photodiode detector, photodiode amplifier, colored glass filter, and lenses. Students are asked to assemble a working instrument and program its operation in LabVIEW. The fluorimeter is ideally suited for fluorescein. In addition to a calibration curve, students can investigate the pH dependence of fluorescence from fluorescein and the dynamic quenching of fluorescence by iodide. Students generally work in groups of two or three and the laboratory activity takes 16-20 hours to complete. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A