Correction: Dramatic Demonstration of Oxygen Sensing by

Dramatic Demonstration of Oxygen Sensing by Luminescence Quenching. Journal of Chemical Education. Kneas, Xu and Demas, DeGraff. 1997 74 (6), p 696...
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Letters IR Spectroscopy In their article, Wigman, Hart, and Gombatz report that disposable polyethylene cards can replace Nujol mulls and KBr pellets (1). We have found that a single NaCl plate can be used in place of the polyethylene card. The resulting spectra are the same but cost is minimized since NaCl plates can be used again and again. The disadvantage is that since the NaCl plate should be cleaned off immediately with fresh CH2Cl2, more methylene chloride is used and there is nothing permanent to keep, as there is with KBr pellets and the disposable cards.. Experimental Procedure: The spectra below are of trans-1,2-dibenzoylethylene, from Acros, Cat. # 11,285250. Spectrum A is on a disposable polyethylene IR card, Type 61, from 3M. Spectrum B is on a single undrilled NaCl plate from Perkin–Elmer, part 027 1182. Spectra were recorded on a PE model 13210 IR spectrophotometer. The methylene chloride solution was prepared as in ref 1; this solution was evaporated in the hood from a disposable card and NaCl plate at the same time.

Correction In the article “Dramatic Demonstration of Oxygen Sensing by Luminescence Quenching” by Kristi A. Kneas, Wenying Xu, J. N. Demas, and B. A. Degraff (J. Chem. Educ. 1997, 74, 696), we regret that Figure 1 did not print properly. The figure is reproduced here.

Spectrum A

Figure 1. Experimental setup.

Spectrum B

The shift in transmittance at 2000 cm{1 where gratings change is more pronounced for the NaCl plate and the baseline is less linear with the card, but in each case the absorptions are clearly occurring at the same wavelength. In our organic chemistry course, we use IR mainly to verify that the correct product has been produced. This single NaCl plate method is certainly adequate for this use and other qualitative determinations. Literature Cited 1. Wigman, L. S.; Hart, E. E.; Gombatz, C. J. Chem. Educ. 1996, 73, 677.

William C. Hoyt and C. Jonathan Mitschele Department of Chemistry Saint Joseph’s College Standish, ME 04084


Journal of Chemical Education • Vol. 74 No. 9 September 1997