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Taking flame tests one step forward: the case of a DIY atomic emission spectrophotometer

Authors
  • Mavroukakis-Karagounis, Constantina1
  • Papadopoulou, Isavella1
  • Papadopoulou, Myrto1
  • Makedonas, Christodoulos2
  • 1 Evangeliki Model High School of Smyrna, Greece , (Greece)
  • 2 Evangeliki Model High School of Smyrna, 4 Lesvou St. , (Greece)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Chemistry Teacher International
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Jul 13, 2019
Volume
2
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/cti-2018-0013
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

In the present study we report the construction of a simple atomic emission spectrophotometer and we describe its computer interface and its calibration procedure. The final instrument is employed for the detection of the presence of metal ions in commercially available drugs. The cost of the whole construction is low and it can be readily applied within the secondary education chemistry curricula in order to strengthen students’ engagement and understanding of a modern analytical technique that is based on the well known flame tests.

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