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Chem 6 ab Application of Physical Methods to Chemical Problems

List of Experiments

The course consists of ten units, six being spent in the lab and four being spent analyzing data outside the lab.  There are currently 10 possible experiments available for this course, although some of them may be not offered each term. Four experiments will be performed each of two quarters (winter and spring) by each group of two students.  Thus, each student will complete four experiments per term.  A two-week period will be allowed for the completion of each experiment.  Some experiments are installed in the room 33 Noyes, which is specifically designated for this laboratory course, while some others are part of research facilities in the Beckman Institute or Crellin.

  1. Scanning Probe Microscopy (Part 1/Part 2/Part 3/Part 4)
    Surface Imaging with Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy (BI)
  2. Diode Laser Spectoscopy: Fundamentals of Chemical Instrumentation and Data Acquisiton
    Introduction to signal processing, methods for acquiring data, and data analysis, using diode laser spectroscopy (34 Noyes). Manuals: Detector; Oscilloscope 1; Oscilloscope 2; Lock-In.
  3. Raman Spectroscopy
    The Vibrational Spectra of Polyatomic Molecules; Resonance Raman Spectroscopy of cytochrome-c (BI Laser Resource Center, basement)
  4. Microwave Spectroscopy
    The Pure Rotational Spectrum. Molecular Structure, Dipole Moment and
    Quadrupole Hyperfine Interactions of OCS (33 Noyes)
  5. Ion Chemistry by Ion Trap Mass Spectrometry
    Structures, Thermodynamic Properties, and Reaction Dynamics of Organic and Biological Ions in the Gas Phase. Determination of Proton Affinity of Betaine (BI–Beauchamp lab)
  6. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (Handout/Paper/Manual)
    EPR spectra of Mn(II), V(IV) and 2,2'-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (Crellin
  7. Surface Science
    Determination of Surface Structure by Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED) and Temperature Programmed Desorption (TPD) Studies of the Kinetics and Energetics of Molecular Binding on Surfaces. (33 Noyes)
  8. Ultrafast Spectroscopy
    Multi-photon spectroscopy; pulse autocorrelation (BI basement – Blake Lab)
  9. X-Ray Diffraction (not offered Winter term)
    Determination of Molecular Structure. Completion of Ch122a and the Surface Science Lab are recommended (BI X-ray facility. Henling)
  10. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
    NMR determination of the rate of reversible carbamate formation by following longitudinal proton magnetization (Division NMR facilities)
  11. Single Molecule and Super-Resolution Microscopy
  12. Independent Project (Spring Term Only, pending approval of instructor).
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