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Abstract Volume 15 (2010) pp 406-407

Using 31P-NMR as a Teaching Tool in the Undergraduate Organic Laboratory

Rebekah B. Guevara and Joseph E. Williams*

Department of Biology and Chemistry, Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MA 02170,
Received June 17, 2010. Accepted September 23, 2010.

Published: 16 December 2010

Abstract. A simple experiment that incorporates 31P-NMR in the traditional organic laboratory has been developed. The student will get exposure in using 31P-NMR to follow the progress of a nucleophilic substitution reaction. The student will have the opportunity to apply the principles of chemical shifts and coupling patterns to identify reactants and products.

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; organic chemistry; nucleophilic substitution; acylphosphines

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