Exploration of thermochromic materials using experimental and theoretical infrared and UV-visible spectroscopy

Kelsey Costello, Kevin Thinh Doan, Kari Lynn Organtini, John Wilson, Morgan Boyer, Greglynn Gibbs, Lorena Tribe

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This laboratory was developed by undergraduate students in collaboration with the course instructor as part of a peer-developed and peer-led lab curriculum in a general chemistry course. The goal was to explore the hypothesis that crystal violet lactone was responsible for the thermochromic properties of a sipping straw using a FT-IR for experimental determinations of vibrational frequencies, UV-vis to quantify the color change, and the software packages Spartan and Gaussian 09 for theoretical calculations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)883-888
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 10 2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Education

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