Science and Mathematics Faculty Publications

Title

Synthesis and Spectral and Thermal Properties of Pyrazine-Bridged Coordination Polymers of Copper(II) Nitrate: An Experiment for Advanced Undergraduates

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-1-2002

Journal Title

Journal of Chemical Education

Volume

79

Issue

11

First Page

1355

Abstract

Although the study of metal-based polymers is a growing and important area of research, very few experiments involving these types of compounds are available for teaching labs. In this paper, we present such an experiment involving the preparation of three pyrazine-bridged coordination polymers of copper(II) nitrate and their characterization by IR spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). This lab will expose students to several aspects of inorganic chemistry such as synthesis, manipulation of air-sensitive compounds, and inorganic applications of IR spectroscopy and TGA.

Keywords

Undergraduate research, chemistry

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