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Raman in Curriculum

This project was funded by the NSF Course Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement program and ran from 2007 to 2010. The NSF grant funded the purchase of a Horiba JY LabRAM ARAMIS Raman spectrometer, as well as the development of labs throughout the undergraduate chemistry curriculum using this instrument. The idea behind this project was to introduce vibrational spectroscopy (both IR and Raman) early in the undergraduate curriculum with relatively simple exercises, then to expose the students to these same techniques repeatedly over their four years using labs that increased in depth and complexity. Basic concepts of vibrational spectroscopy are common to all of the labs, but each time the students are re-exposed to the concepts, additional layers are added.

This project was funded by the National Science Foundation through grant number NSF-CCLI DUE- 0632829.

The following labs were developed for this project (some of these labs were modifications of experiments already existing in the literature, others were developed from scratch):

General Chemistry – Molecular Motions
Instrumental Analysis – Quantification of Alcohol in Beverages
Biochemistry – Protein Spectroscopy
Physical Chemistry I (Quantum Mechanics) – Vibrational Spectroscopy of Polyatomic Molecules
Physical Chemistry II (Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, and Kinetics) – Adsorption of Pyridine Measured with SERS

This grant has resulted in two publications:

Borgsmiller, K. L.; O'Connell, D. J.; Klauenberg, K. M.; Wilson, P. M.; Stromberg, C. J., Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy: A Discovery-Based Activity for the General Chemistry Curriculum. J. Chem. Ed. 2012, 89 (3), 365-369. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed2002835

Stromberg, C. J.; Kohnhorst, C. L.; Van Meter, G. A.; Rakowski, E. A.; Caplins, B. C.; Gutowski, T. A.; Mehalko, J. L.; Heilweil, E. J., Terahertz, infrared and Raman vibrational assignments of [FeFe]-hydrogenase model compounds. Vibrational Spectroscopy 2011, 56 (2), 219-227. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6THW-529CNJF-1/2/870e69e634f44cd7d358e0a4a50d24ca

The results of this grant work have also been presented at the following conferences:

  1. Kathryn Klauenberg*, Jennifer Ross and Christopher J. Stromberg, "Raman Spectroscopy in Art and Archaeology Courses," 12th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, UMBC, Baltimore, MD, October 10, 2009.

  2. Peter Wilson*, Kathryn Klauenberg*, and Christopher J. Stromberg, "Teaching Raman Spectroscopy Across the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum," 12th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, UMBC, Baltimore, MD, October 10, 2009.

  3. Kathryn Klauenberg*, Jennifer Ross and Christopher J. Stromberg, "Raman Spectroscopy in Art and Archaeology Courses," American Chemical Society 238th National Meeting, Washington, DC, August 16-20, 2009.

  4. Peter Wilson*, Kathryn Klauenberg*, and Christopher J. Stromberg, "Teaching Raman Spectroscopy Across the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum," American Chemical Society 238th National Meeting, Washington, DC, August 16-20, 2009.

  5. Kathryn Thomas*, Blake Rust*,Kathryn Klauenberg*, and Christopher J. Stromberg, "Introduction of Raman Spectroscopy to the Undergraduate Curriculum," American Chemical Society 236th National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, August 17-21, 2008.

* – Hood Student
__ – Presenter