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Organic Chemistry Lab 315 Fall, 2014


Today – At beginning of lab --

Melting Pt. and Ref. Index Report

– At end of lab -- copy of laboratory notebook pages for today's experiment (do not turn in your pre-lab notes or in class notes) • Next Week – Nothing. I will return M.pt./RI reports. – There is a big reading assignment for the quiz. – Download and print the Powerpoint “UV-vis, MS, IR.ppt” in the Spectroscopy section of our class website.

Two Weeks – Due at beginning of lab --

Crystallization Report

Just Ahead

Next Week

– We may meet in a different room for a long lecture (and quiz).

– I will e-mail you about in any change in meeting place.


• You can look at your M.pt./RI notebook copy, but you cannot keep it. Please return it to me today.

– Make a note of errors you made on your own notebook copy. – There is a grading scheme for the notebook copy on my desk. Please look at it so you will understand how it was graded.

– Work a bit on the Purpose. Saying that the purpose of last week’s lab was to “take a melting point of a solid and determine the ref. index of a liquid” does not quite capture the essence.

– Manual asked for some statements about observations – they need to be included in notebook


• The quiz (and all future quizzes) are a maximum of 50 points.

– Notice that most of the quiz questions came directly from the assigned reading and video.

– There is an answer key on my desk that you can look at.

In Lab Today

• Crystallization (recrystallization) of a solid sample – Solid compounds synthesized or used as reactants in the Organic laboratory usually need to be purified (recrystallized).

• Next week a melting point range will be measured to ascertain the purity of the isolated compound

An Ideal Recrystallization Solvent Should:

• dissolve all of the solid when the solvent is


(boiling). • dissolve


of the solid when the solvent is at

room temperature


• have

different solubilities


for the solid and the • have a

lower boiling point

point of the solid.

than the melting • have a fairly

low boiling point

Calculating the approximate amount of solvent to use at the boiling point: • 4-Methoxybenzoic acid has the highest solubility in the MeOH-soluble list at the b.pt., 5g/100ml.

• If your unknown sample weighs 2.5 g, it will require this much solvent: 5




 2 .





5 X  2 .

5  100 X  50


Steps in Recrystallization


Use an Erlenmeyer flask.

Dissolve amount of crude solid in



minimum This must be done with small volume increments, and fairly rapidly so the solvent does not cool or evaporate.

Steps in Recrystallization

2. Let solution cool to room temperature not trapped.

, so that crystal lattice reforms slowly and impurities are (Still in Erlenmeyer. Cover with watch glass.) 3. Cool solution in an ice bath for further crystallization, ~ 15 min.

The mixture must be a “ add a bit more solvent.

filterable ” slurry. If it is not, heat to boiling and

Steps in Recrystallization

4. Vacuum filter the pure solid, leaving impurities in solution . Wash the flask and crystals with a small amount of ice-cold solvent .

Some of the original substance will also remain dissolved (impossible to achieve 100% recovery).

5. Let purified solid air dry on a watch glass to remove traces of solvent. Transfer to a beaker to store until next week.


• Make sure the balance is displaying ±0.001g

• See Pavia, p. 666 for pictures of crystallization steps and p. 671 for list of steps .

– Use hot water in a large beaker as a hot bath for heating methanol solvent and solution.

• • Add boiling stones for smooth boiling. – If you forget to add them in the beginning,


add stones to a hot solution. Cool solution first. • Get ice from the stock room to make an ice bath .

– Use the ice bath to cool solvents for washing crystals, and to cool solutions below room temperature.


start over without permission. – Let me know if you have a problem.


• Record quantities of all substances used. • Keep a running total of solvent added.

• Estimate quantity if solvent has evaporated during heating. • Write your procedure as you do it. • Please space your writing in the notebook to make it readable!

• When doing calculations, pay attention to significant figures.

End of lab clean-up

• Canon and Weakley