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STEM Collegian Center Project Presented by Njimikara Abianui and Leke Abondem Atabong 7 December 2007 Supervised by Prof. William A. Boyle
It is one of the earliest analytical techniques in chemistry. It identifies elements by the colors they produce in flames. There are many ways of performing this test; each of which has its pros and cons. Wooden splint, cotton swab, loop, spray bottle methods. This project considered two of these methods: the loop and the spray bottle methods.
Involves the use of a wire inoculation loop (platinum wire is desirable), a Bunsen burner and solutions of salts containing the elements. The wire inoculation loop is cleaned between tests by keeping it in the flame until all the color due to the element is gone. Inadequate cleaning of the loop can make color identification difficult.
Introduces a mist of the element solutions directly into the flame. Time saving. No problems of color contamination from previous tests.
5% solutions of Li 2 CO 3, NaCl, CuSO 4, KCl Sr(NO 3 ) 2 60 mL spray bottles. Bunsen burner
LOOP METHOD SPRAY BOTTLE METHOD High cost of platinum wires. Difficult to eliminate element contamination from nichrome-steel wire (a less expensive substitute for platinum). Flame color contamination. Time consuming. Affordable spray bottles. Easy to clean and maintain. Uses comparable amounts of solutions as the loop method. No flame color contamination. Faster to use.
The loop method was time-consuming and prone to errors in the colors produced. The spray bottle method is faster and produces the clean colors of each element.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The plastic spray bottles used in this experiment were kindly provided to PGCC courtesy of B.F. Ascher & Co., Inc., Lenexa, KS, USA.
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