Organic Chemistry Lab DAT Notes

Organic Chemistry Laboratory DAT Review Notes

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Summary of Purification Methods

Method Use
Extraction Separates dissolved subs. Based on differential solubility in aqueous vs. organic solvents
Filtration separates solids from liquids
Recrystallization Separates solids based on diff. solubilities; temperature is important
Sublimation Separates solids based on their ability to sublime
Centrifugation Separates large things (ex. Cells, organelles, macromolecules) based on mass and density
Distillation Separates liquids based on boiling point (depends on intermolecular forces)
Chromatography Uses stationary and mobile phases to separate compounds based on how tightly they adhere (generally due to polarity, but sometimes size as well)
Electrophoresis Used to separate biological macromolecules (such as proteins or nucleic acids) based on size and sometimes charge


  • Water = aqueous layer; ether = organic layer
  • Like dissolves like
  • 3 IMF that affects solubility
    • hydrogen bonding – ex. Alcohols & acids will move into aq. layer
    • dipole-dipole interactions – less likely to move in aq. layer
    • van der Waals (London dispersion) = nonpolar molecules (does not go into aq. layer)
  • when ACID dissociates, resulting anion formed is more soluble
  • ***ADDing a BASE helps EXTRACT ACID into the aq. layer

Simple Distillation

  • separate liquids that boil BELOW 150OC (at least 25C apart)

Vacuum Distillation

  • separates liquids that boil ABOVE 150C
  • reduced P, lowering the BP of liquids (preventing their decomposition typical at high T)

Fractional Distillation

  • separates liquids that boil LESS than 25C apart
  • near the top of the column, vapor is composed solely of 1 component, which will condense and collect in the receiving flask
  • can be thought of as repeated distillation of same vapor

Thin Layer Chromotography

  • used to isolate individual compounds from a complex mixture
  • stationary phase (solid medium) & mobile phase (liquid)
  • diff. compounds will adhere to stationary phase w/ diff. strengths
    • POLAR compounds bound TIGHTly to the silica gel – eluting poorly into the less polar solvent
  • Rf = dist. compound / dist. of solvent
  • Reverse phase chromatography – very nonpolar stationary phase instead of silica gel


  • Separates macromolecules based on isolectric point
  • If pH = isoelectric point  protein doesn’t move
  • If pH > isoelectric point  protein deprotonated

SDS & Agorose Gel Electrophoresis

  • Separates molecules based on SIZE

MP and BP trends

-increases with chain length due to dispersion forces
-decreases with branching

-increases with branching because the molecules can pack tightly
-increases with chain length again due to dispersion forces

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