Chemistry 355 - Summer 2018
Course Content: Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Instructor: Prof. Kevin D Walker
Organic Chemistry Laboratory Techniques
Learn the principles of
distillation similar to those used
in the large stills at Red Cedar Spirits (E. Lansing, MI) and
petroleum (gasoline) processing.
Learn the physical properties of
organic molecules that
interact characteristically with electromagnetic radiation.
Melting points of solids answer
key questions about
your isolated products and inform the pharmaceutical industry
on the drugs they develop.
This technique is a simple,
naturally occurring process used
in the chemical industry to purify commodity chemicals on
This solid-support technique is
typical in the pharmaceutical
and food industries to separate, for example, chiral molecules.
Measure physical properties:
Physical properties of organic
molecules, as you learned in class,
include melting and boiling points, absorbance, NMR, etc.
Here the different instrumentation used to measure
these physical properties will be introduced.
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