Chemical Education Journal (CEJ),
Vol. 9, No. 2 /Registration No. 9-16 /Received September 5, 2006.
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Low Resolution Raman Spectroscopy in an Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
A low cost Raman instrument was introduced in an instrumental analysis laboratory course. Several variants of Raman Spectroscopy experiment were tested: (1) Study of protonation reactions in solutions of polyatomic ions. (2) Quantitative determination of inorganic anions in solution. (3) Identification and quantitative analysis of a multicomponent mixture. The peculiarities of data analysis and interpretation as well as the limitations of low-resolution Raman spectroscopy in an educational environment are discussed. The laboratory setup was tested with chemistry and forensic chemistry students at SUNY College at Buffalo in 2004, 2005, and 2006.