2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

Adventures in Acid-Base Extractions
Jenna R. McClanahan
Dr. Anne E. Moody, Faculty Mentor

The acid-base-neutral extraction is a classic experiment performed in the organic laboratories of many universities. The goal of this project was to make Trumans experiment more investigative by using different unknown mixtures for the three components. Once students separate the three components using a standard procedure, physical and spectroscopic characterization allows the determination of their identities. The acids o-toluic acid and salicylic acid were found to work well in place of benzoic acid, and the bases o-nitroaniline and p-nitroaniline were found to work as well as m-nitroaniline. Further testing is required for the neutral compounds, but we are in the process of exploring p-dibromobenzene and trans-stilbene as possible solutions.



Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 209-2
Location: MG 2090
Time: 9:45

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