P555: Applications of benchtop NMR in the undergraduate curriculum
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy is arguably the most important analytical tool in the modern organic chemistry laboratory yet most students never receive hands-on experience with NMR due to the fragility, complexity, and high cost of these instruments. However, the recent development of simple, durable, and relatively inexpensive high performance permanent magnet systems have made providing students with hands on NMR experience possible for most institutions. We will show the importance of providing students hands on experience with NMR and introduce several example activities that can be conducted with this type of instrumentation within the general and organic chemistry curriculum. A quantitation of simple distillation products, and the monitoring of a Fischer esterification reaction will be introduced and discussed.