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Color and Complex Ions



Nickel, copper, cobalt and chromium salts are toxic.  Do not ingest



HP Spectrophotometer


splitter cable for monitor


sample solutions:

To show nickel complexes: 

green Ni(H20)62+(aq), blue Ni(NH3)62+(aq), purple Ni(en)32+(aq)

To show copper sulfate vs copper ammine:

pale blue copper sulfate solution aq., super blue Cu(NH3)62+(aq)

To show variously colored substances:

green: Ni(H20)62+(aq)

super blue: Cu(NH3)62+(aq)

purple: crystal violet (aq)

pink: Co(H20)62+(aq)

orange: potassium dichromate. aq.

Arrange to borrow one of the HP spectrophotometers from the Chem 161/Chem 317 lab.  Attach a splitter cable to the monitor jack and connect the monitor to the Imager projector interface box.  Turn on the spectrophotometer.  Type in uv and hit return.  Choose F1 for general scanning, Choose F2 and type in the wavelength range 420 to 820.  Choose F5 to select the Overlay mode of presentation.  Place a blank in the sample holder and choose F8 to scan the blank.  Replace the blank with your sample and press F1 to scan. 

The spectrophotometer shows the absorption spectra of each colored solution.  Sample spectra are shown in the demo write-up book. 

To schedule a demonstration, please send an email to the demonstration lab.



Eric Camp

Lecture Demonstration Technician

Bagley Hall 171

(206) 543-1606


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