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Chemical laboratories, Chemistry -- Study and teaching (Higher), Problem solving -- Study and teaching (Higher), Fluorescence spectroscopy, Student-centered learning


Fluorescence spectroscopy experiments are a frequently taught as part of upper-division teaching laboratories. To expose undergraduate students to an applied fluorescence technique, a corrosion detection method, using quenching, was adapted from authentic research for an instrumental analysis laboratory. In the experiment, students acquire fluorescence spectra of sensing molecules in the presence of mock sculpture samples and discuss the condition of the sculptures based on the levels of soluble iron detected. This real-world-based experiment allows students the chance to engage with ongoing research and further understand the challenges with early detection of corrosion. Most students successfully completed the experiment, wrote a journal-quality report, and met the learning outcomes.

Note: Supporting information (Appendices A–H, including learning outcomes rubric, prelab lecture, instructor’s laboratory guide, sample preparation, report rubric, student laboratory guide, prelab activity, and sample student plots) appears at bottom of article.


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