How Has Organic Chemistry Changed in Academia?

Traditionally, organic chemistry students have been instructed to analyze reactions using standard offline analytical methods, such as High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy, and Gas Chromatography (GC).

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While these tools provide characterization of the final product, they do not provide critical information about the reaction mechanism, intermediates or by-productsIn situ FTIR analysis with ReactIR analyzes and displays the concentration changes of all key reaction species as the reactions progresses – in real time. This allows organic chemistry students to determine and understand the entire reaction dynamics including reaction pathways and kinetics significantly enhancing the education process.

“METTLER TOLEDO’s ReactIR has changed the way I teach organic chemistry. Its real-time capability means I can design more exciting experiments that focus students’ attention on what is happening during an organic reaction. Just like watching a movie of a chemical reaction, students are amazed as they see reactants disappear and products appear before their eyes!”
John Sowa
Professor of Organic and Organometallic Chemistry
Seton Hall University

Paul Scholl will discuss how in situ FTIR analysis with ReactIR has been used in academia during the Recent Advances in Organic Chemistry in Academia Using In Situ FTIR Analysis webinar scheduled for November 17.