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ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 19 (2014) pp 302-304

A 45MHz NMR Spectrometer as a Cost-Effective Option in Chemistry Teaching Labs

Suzanne Carpenter* and Richard Wallace

Department of Chemistry and Physics, Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419-1995,
Received April 17, 2014. Accepted May 30, 2014.

Published: 10 October 2014

Abstract. The use of state-of-the-art instrumentation in chemistry education continues to expand. For example, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is being introduced in the general chemistry laboratory at some institutions. Some of the challenges associated with widespread use of NMR can be overcome with a new generation of 45 MHz NMR spectrometers. We describe the use of such an instrument with a distillation experiment modified to include NMR analysis of the distillate fractions. The availability of the relatively inexpensive, unintimidating and easy to use spectrometer represents an opportunity for institutions with limited resources to provide students with hands-on experience using NMR.

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; general chemistry; NMR

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