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ERIC Number: EJ1048353
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Particle in a Disk: A Spectroscopic and Computational Laboratory Exercise Studying the Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Corannulene
Frey, E. Ramsey; Sygula, Andrzej; Hammer, Nathan I.
Journal of Chemical Education, v91 n12 p2186-2190 Dec 2014
This laboratory exercise introduces undergraduate chemistry majors to the spectroscopic and theoretical study of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH), corannulene. Students explore the spectroscopic properties of corannulene using UV-vis and Raman vibrational spectroscopies. They compare their experimental results to simulated vibrational spectra and the molecular structure obtained from computational chemistry to other PAHs, including C60. The delocalized electron in corannulene is also conceptually explored using the particle in a disk model. This laboratory exercise allows students to explore multiple physical chemistry concepts in one, 3 h laboratory exercise centered around one theme.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation; US Department of Energy, Office of Science
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi
Grant or Contract Numbers: EPS-0903787|NSF-0955550|DE-FG02-04ER15514|CHE-1156713