24 Apr 2013

A Visual Isotope Effect (a YouTube video)

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Submitted by Dan O'Leary, Pomona College
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We have prepared a YouTube video demonstrating a visually accessible kinetic isotope effect in the Cr(VI) oxidation process, a reaction commonly encountered in introductory organic chemistry. The demo provides students with an opportunity to see an isotope effect and then understand how it can be used to provide mechanistic evidence for the identification of a rate-determining reaction step.

More information about the demonstration is available in a companion  Journal of Chemical Education article.

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