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Title: Dark Field Microscopy for Analytical Laboratory Courses

An innovative and inexpensive optical microscopy experiment for a quantitative analysis or an instrumental analysis chemistry course is described. The students have hands-on experience with a dark field microscope and investigate the wavelength dependence of localized surface plasmon resonance in gold and silver nanoparticles. Students also observe and measure individual crystal growth during a replacement reaction between copper and silver nitrate. The experiment allows for quantitative, qualitative, and image data analyses for undergraduate students.
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Report Number(s):
IS-J 8369
Journal ID: ISSN 0021-9584
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Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Education; Journal Volume: 91; Journal Issue: 6
Research Org:
Ames Laboratory (AMES), Ames, IA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE Second-Year Undergraduate; Upper-Division Undergraduate; Analytical Chemistry; Laboratory Instruction; Hands-On Learning/Manipulatives; Crystals/Crystallography; Nanotechnology; Spectroscopy