This "Five slides about" is meant to introduce faculty and/or students to Spectroelectrochemistry (SEC), a technique that is used in inorganic chemistry research and other areas. SEC is a powerful tool to examine species that are normally hard to synthesize and isolate due to instability and high reactivity. Papers with examples of SEC techniques are provided on the last slide.
Students should be able to describe spectroelectrochemistry
Students should be able to conceptually explain how a spectroelectrochemical cell works
Students should be able to explain the benefits of spectroelectrochemistry as compared to standard synthesis and spectroscopy approches
Ideally, the students would take this introduction and then go and examine specific instances of SEC in the literature. Alternatively, this can be used to help explain research papers that are being discussed that use SEC techniques.
Students should already have an understanding of the basics of electrochemistry and spectroscopy prior to learning SEC, so this would be best suited for an upper division, special topics course in Inorganic Chemistry or Spectroscopy. There are some nice LO's on these techniques already on Ionic Viper (see related activities).
There are some good images of the specifics of SEC cell designs on company websites or journal articles (the Organometallics article shown in the web resources is one such article).
IR-SEC is included in the paper that is the focus of the "Dissection Catalysts for Artificial Photosynthesis" LO.