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Electronic Spectra Sources

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What Steps to Follow to Identify Compounds from Spectra

1. Locate a spectrum of a known compound.
Use the sources listed in the "Major Sources for Spectra", e.g., Aldrich, etc.

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2. Identify a compound from its spectrum.

a. Make preliminary assignments of the compound's structure based on information learned in class.
NMR: look for presence/absence of aromatic ring (8 6.7-9);< methyl (usually near 8 1); alkene H (usually 8 5-7), etc.

IR: certain peaks are characteristic of specific structure, e.g., frequency of carbonyl stretch, presence/absence if OH or NH, of triple bonds, etc.
b. Extend and confirm your preliminary assignments and assign other diagnostic peaks by consulting your lab text and Silverstein/Bassler Morrill, Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds). (check UC Library Search).

c. Properties of Organic Compounds *
Search by speactra peak intensities for NMR, IF, FT-IR, MS, UV.

d. Decide on list of possible structures (may be partial structures or model structures): Look in sources listed in the "Major Sources for Spectra" guide for the spectra of possible compounds/structures.

e. Identify correct compound from check of spectra sources.

Atomic Spectra Sources

Infrared Spectra Sources

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectra Sources

Mass Spectrometry Sources

Ultraviolet Spectra Sources

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