Session S41b (Tuesday, 2pm, Wartik 110)

P507: Great NMR samples from consumer products

Jeffery Orvis (Georgia Southern University, USA)

NMR spectroscopy is a standard component of organic chemistry, and likely a part of upper level coursework in advanced organic, biochemistry or instrumental analysis. Often, the samples used in teaching the subject are either canned spectra copied from year to year or obscure materials lying around the organic stockroom in dusty bottles.

Consumer products can be used to make NMR spectra relevant and interesting to the students. Four examples will be shown: flavorings for home-made hard candy, DEET insect repellant, “canned air” for blowing dust out of electronic components, and the solvents in scents used in candle making.


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