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The Chemical Educator

ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 17 (2012) pp 133-136
DOI 10.1007/s00897122431

SpinWorks Software as an Organic Undergraduate NMR Processing Tool

Jordan D. Goodreid and Andrew P. Dicks*

Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, 80 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3H6,
Received May 16, 2012. Accepted June 12, 2012.

Published: 29 June 2012

Abstract. The integration of NMR processing freeware into a synthetic organic course of 2545 undergraduates is presented. SpinWorks software is readily available for internet download and provides students with a mechanism to analyze the free induction decay signal obtained from a research NMR spectrometer. An experiment is described where students use SpinWorks to identify and quantify the major components within a reaction mixture, as part of a multi-step synthesis. Their product purity calculations are critical as a feature of the preparation of a sunscreen analog.

Key Words: Computers in Chemistry; organic chemistry; NMR spectroscopy; NMR Processing Software; quantitative NMR

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Supporting Materials:

A custom-written SpinWorks student user manual, a procedure for synthesis of p-anisaldehyde and NMR quantification in reaction mixtures, and sample student NMR spectra processed using SpinWorks can be found in the Supporting Information accompanying this article (2.93 KB).

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