Spectroscopy is the study of the interactions between matter and radiated energy. Experimentally, the results are returned as a function of wavelength versus amplitude (intensity), where the spectral lines represent the resonance frequency of the sample.

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Why do the two methylene protons in ethylbenzene have a chemical shift at 2-2.9?

The data sheet does not have any chemical shifts in this range for compounds containing only carbon and hydrogen
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Methylene blue used as funguscide in cichlid reproduction - concentration measurement?

I have an aqueous solution of methylene blue. How do I determine the concentration of this solution, so I can duplicate it?
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Why do molecules have to have a change in dipole moment in order for them to be IR active?

My chemistry textbook keeps saying that in order for a molecule to be able to absorb infrared radiation, it has to have a change in dipole moment when the bond vibrates. I don't understand why that ...
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Wavelength of iPhone 4S camera light for visible spectroscopy calibration

I ordered a DIY spectroscopy kit from public-lab, however don't have access to a halogen lamp to calibrate the wavelengths. I'm wondering if it would somehow be possible to calibrate the wavelength ...
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Lifetime measurement: double peak in instrument response function

I am measuring flourescence lifetimes with a picosecond pulse laser, using the LifeSpec II with an MCP detector. Instead of a single peak rapidly decaying, as would be expected, my IRF contains two ...
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How exactly are molecules detected in space?

Recently the sugar glycoaldehyde was detected in a star system 400 light years from Earth. How exactly are molecules detected in space? I am aware that spectroscopy is used to detect them, but I don't ...
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Spin spin coupling in a proton NMR of an ester?

I am learning about proton NMR and spin-spin coupling, and am confused about whether splitting occurs over an ester bond. Specifically, in the case of ethyl methanoate, HCOOCH2CH3, if I were to number ...
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Standard curve of absorption and concentration

I just wanted some quick help with a lab I'm doing, based on absorption spectroscopy. I'm given an aqueous stock solution of Yellow Dye #5 with a concentration of 54.5 micro moles. I'm asked to ...
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Could I get a hint on the structure of this molecule based on HNMR spectra?

Chemical formula is $\ce{C7H6O3}$. IR spectra has a peak at 3238, which I believe could be an alcohol, phenol, or carboxylic acid. There's an additional peak at 3015, which I believe is either an ...
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I need a good reference (book) to learn about Diffuse reflectance Spectroscopy, could you suggest at least one, preferably in pdf format?

I need to learn how to explain, interpret and extract information from Diffuse reflectance Spectroscopy, because I have the data but I do not know how to build a relation in between. Thanks for your ...
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So of the different characteristics of a XRD plot, wich is most appropiate to identify and suggested one phase among others?

This is the XRD Powder plot of a sample prepared with {La, Ti, K and O}. Thanks a lot for your suggestions. So of the different characteristics of a XRD plot, which is most appropriate and suggested ...
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Why would there be differences in UV/Vis spectrum?

$\ce{[NEt4]2[NiBr]}$ dissolved in $\ce{MeCN}$ and $\ce{[NEt4]2[NiBr]}$ dissolved in $\ce{H2O}$ have different UV/visible spectra in the visible region. How would they differ, for example would one of ...
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Is it possible to make broad spectrum light absorbing paint?

Is there such a paint / pigment that absorbs most wavelengths of light (beyond the visible light range) that can be used for solar heat generating applications? If not, would it be possible to make ...
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Luminescent materials under IR radiation?

is there a database somewhere of materials that are luminescent when exposed to Infra Red radiation?
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Hooke's Law for absorption spectra

Does anyone happen to know who was the first to use Hooke's law to model vibrational absorption peak frequencies/wavenumbers? I know Hooke's law is first outlined here: R. Hooke, Potentia ...
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Salt Analysis using spectroscopy

A few days ago, I learned the lengthy process of salt analysis during my practicals. The process is based on deductive reasoning but is too lengthy. What I am thinking is, can't it be done using the ...
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Finding the thermodynamics of protein unfolding from temperature and absorbance using fluorescence spectroscopy?

I recently did an experiment on protein unfolding using a Perkin Elmer fluorescence spectrometer. The protein was $\alpha$-chymotrypsin. I was given this paper for my procedure. I am now trying to ...
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Echelle Monochromators

"For any given order, the wavelength dispersion is approximately linear. but the dispersion is relatively small at lower orders or higher wavelengths." As you can see, wavelength dispersion and ...
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What is the effect of conjugation of a carbonyl group in IR spectroscopy?

Doing an exchange term so I've missed some classes that the others have attended, and unfortunately we're getting contradictionary explanations, so I thought I'd try and ask you. Would be extremely ...
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Where can I find the infrared band positions for phosphorus compounds?

I am trying to interpret an IR spectrum where I have $\ce{(NPCl2)3}$ I have $\ce{P-N}$, $\ce{P=N}$ and $\ce{P-Cl}$ bonds and it is cyclic. Where can I find or does anyone know what the general ...
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How is 2D spectroscopy able to show quantum coherent transport through networks?

For wave-like (quantum coherent) energy transfer in networks (eg. propagation of excitation in photosynthetic protein complexes of algae or FMO complex in plants) 2D electronic (photon echo?) ...
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Why is there a doublet instead of a singlet in this Wittig reaction salt configuration NMR?

I did an NMR sample to my salt p-carboxybenzyl triphenylphosphonium bromide. I got a doublet at 5.26, and according to every article it belongs to the $CH_2$ next to $P^+$, but how come I didn't get a ...
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Why are square planar coordination compounds with four different ligands optically inactive?

Why square planar co- ordination compounds of type Mabcd do not show optical activity, although they contain 4 different ligands ( i.e. chiral central metal atom)
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How can we measure electronic excitation in some “nm”(nanometres)?

I have no idea to which concept this belongs: The widest range over which electronic excitations in organic compounds occur, is A) 200 nm – 780 nm B) 220 nm– 500nm C) 250 nm– 700 ...
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Which vibrational modes of CO2 and CSO do not lead to IR absorption bands?

I recently came across this question, I have no idea about IR: Which of the following vibrational modes show no IR absorption bands? A) Symmetric CO2 stretch B) Antisymmetric CO2 ...
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Cation exchange capacity via IR spectroscopy? Is it as good as barium exchange? What is the intutition on how it works?

Cation exchange capacity is often regarded as the single best summary statistic for soil fertility. Years ago, I learned how to measure it myself, in a soil lab. I used compulsive barium exchange, ...
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Assign symmetric and antisymmetric stetches in IR spectroscopy

Typically the antisymmetric stretch in IR spectroscopy is higher than the symmetric stretch for a given functional group. For example for NO2 the antisymmetric stretch falls at ~1530 cm-1 compared to ...
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Raman Depolarization Ratio

What is the Raman depolarization ratio? What is a depolarized band, and what does it corresponds to in the structure of a molecule?
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General methods of Analysis for FTIR Results

What can we say about a molecule from the position and number of bands in FTIR spectrum. I know that the more symmetric a molecule is, the less number of bands it has. What else can we say, for ...
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Factors to consider to predict EPR

What are the factors to consider when predicting the EPR spectrum of $\ce{Cu(Ox)P(CH3)3}$ where $\ce{OX}$ is the oxalate ion? I understand that there are several factors to consider for EPR (Electron ...
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Optical Density numbers

If it's OD of 600nm I know that's the wavelength used, but what are the other numbers in something like "OD 600nm of 0.6-0.7". The 0.6-0.7?
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Is carbon dioxide IR inactive?

I am told that carbon dioxide is IR inactive. This somehow strikes me as untrue or at best oversimplified, because yes, it is overall symmetrical, but can't $\ce{CO2}$ be induced to show asymmetric ...
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Interpretation of TD-DFT results

For the first time I'm doing TD-DFT calculations (wB97XD functional) in Gaussian 09 for an open-shell system and the results look like the hell of a mess for me. The molecule is rather big, so I ...
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How can I deduce the linearity of XeF2 from the IR spectrum?

The vibrational modes of $\ce{XeF2}$ are at $555$, $515$, and $213~\mathrm{cm^{-1}}$ but only two are IR active. Explain why this is consistent with $\ce{XeF2}$ having a linear structure. From what ...
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HNMR Assignment

I have a molecule and i need to assign the hnmr. I have a printed spectrum So far my answer is: chemical shift_______splitting pattern_______coupling constant ...
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What splitting pattern is this?

I am trying to find the structure of an unknown molecule. What is the splitting pattern of these sets of lines? I think my unknown molecule is butanol and the hydrogens this splitting pattern is ...
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Nanoscopy Nobel Prize - why are all the tools in the visible light range?

It seems like all the new advances in molecular imaging/microscopy are in the visible light range of the EM spectrum. An example would be the most recent Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Is there some ...
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Proton NMR signals and rings

Does pyridine or furan have the more shielded proton NMR signals? I know that both are aromatic, so both have rather deshielded signals due to ring current combining constructively with the applied ...
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Chemdoodle to mestranova

Is it possible to copy my chemdoodle displayed structure into mestranovea? I have tried simple dragging (mac) and all the various copy/paste options... any ideas?
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How does different diffraction grating effect resolution and sharpness of lines in a line spectrum?

In my lab notebook it asks us to think about the spectroscope further than the reading goes on. It asks if we use a diffraction grating that contains 600 lines/mm in the spectroscope what do we ...
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13C NMR peak location in butanone

The above is the correct $ ^{13}C $ NMR spectrum of butanone. In the $ ^{13}C $ NMR spectrum of butanone, I figure that the peak locations of the first and third carbons should be switched (27.3, ...
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Do acyl fluorides exhibit resonance donation or inductive withdrawal?

I know that in acyl chlorides, there is partial triple bond character in the C=O bond not because the chlorine is electronically donating (due to size mismatch with carbon) but because the chlorine is ...
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What is the product of two irreducible representations on the character table?

Let's say the direct product of $\ce{A1}$ and $\ce{B1}$ on $\ce{C}_{2v}$ character table, what is the direct product of the two for water molecule? or for any other instance in general, what does the ...
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Using MestReNova: An Introduction

Can anyone help me with a quick question regarding MestReNova 9.0. I have been fiddling with this thing all day and before you ask yes, I have consulted the users guide to no avail. I want to do ...
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Ring Strain and C=O Stretching Frequency

Why does C=O stretching frequency increase with ring strain? Why does conjugation decrease C=O ring strain? I am told that cyclopropanone exhibits a higher C=O stretching frequency than does ...
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Why does the absorbance of Ca decrease in the presence of certain metals?

I'm trying to find a reason for an experimental observation, I noticed that when the absorbance of $\ce{Ca}$ is measured with FAS(flame atomic spectroscopy) that it decreases when metals such as ...
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Unequal ionization energies of methane

Why does methane have two different ionization potentials? How does this work? I understand that MO theory predicts C-H bonds of differing strength, while hybridization predicts C-H bonds of varying ...
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Why are d-d electronic transitions forbidden and weakly absorbing? Why do they occur at all?

I am unable to understand why d-d electronic transitions are forbidden? Why are they weakly absorbing and apart from that, why do they occur at all?
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Is trans-2-butene IR active with regard to its C=C bond?

To be IR active, the vibration of a bond must result in a substantial change in dipole moment. Since trans-2-butene is symmetrical, will the C=C stretch show up on IR? Something tells me no because ...
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how to determine timescale with characterization methods?

There are as classified in the Atkins textbook 4 different timescales on material characterization: a)Time during which a quantum of radiation or a particle can interact with a molecule. b)Lifetime of ...