Chemistry and Physics Faculty Articles

Title

Incorporation of Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry into the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratory Curriculum

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Publication Title

Journal of Chemical Education

Keywords

Collaborative/Cooperative Learning, Curriculum, Gas Chromatography, Laboratory Instruction, Mass Spectrometry, Natural Products, Organic Chemistry, Oxidation Reduction, Quantitative Analysis, Second-Year Undergraduate

ISSN

0021-9584

Volume

90

Issue/No.

1

First Page

106

Last Page

109

Abstract

Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC–MS) is a powerful analytical tool for detection, identification, and quantification of many volatile organic compounds. However, many colleges and universities have not fully incorporated this technique into undergraduate teaching laboratories despite its wide application and ease of use in organic chemistry. In this article, a set of experiments are provided to educators for the purposeful integration of the GC–MS technique into undergraduate organic chemistry laboratories. The laboratories provide students experimental opportunities to use GC–MS as the main analytical tool for (a) identification and quantification of major and minor product(s) formed in three common organic synthesis reactions and (b) extraction, separation, and identification of multiple natural products found in fruits and vegetables.

Comments

©2012 The American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc.

DOI

10.1021/ed300091k

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