Major

Chemistry

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Ronald Fiektau

Keywords

Kinetics, Chemical Education, Experiment, Fading, Lab

Abstract

Bromophenol blue is a common pH indicator and dye used in many different industries. Once a solution of bromophenol blue is placed in a concentrated basic solution, the color fades from a blue/violet color to clear solution with a pH of 4.6 or greater. The rate law of the reaction is analyzed through the use of a small footprint visible-near-infrared spectrometer (Vis-NIR) with a diode array detector. An absorbance wavelength of 590 nm as a function of time was collected using Ocean Optics OceanView software. The results contained in the data collection file are exported to a spreadsheet for further processing to determine the kinetics of the reaction. This experiment can be performed as an undergraduate chemistry laboratory exercise to illustrate the use of analytical instrumentation to determine a rate law.

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Analyzing the Kinetics of a Bromophenol Blue Fading Reaction in Basic Conditions for an Undergraduate Lab

Bromophenol blue is a common pH indicator and dye used in many different industries. Once a solution of bromophenol blue is placed in a concentrated basic solution, the color fades from a blue/violet color to clear solution with a pH of 4.6 or greater. The rate law of the reaction is analyzed through the use of a small footprint visible-near-infrared spectrometer (Vis-NIR) with a diode array detector. An absorbance wavelength of 590 nm as a function of time was collected using Ocean Optics OceanView software. The results contained in the data collection file are exported to a spreadsheet for further processing to determine the kinetics of the reaction. This experiment can be performed as an undergraduate chemistry laboratory exercise to illustrate the use of analytical instrumentation to determine a rate law.