Advanced Organic Chemistry: Infrared spectrum of 2-methylpropan-2-ol

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Interpreting the infrared spectrum of 2-methylpropan-2-ol (tert-butyl alcohol)

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Infrared spectroscopy - spectra index

C4H10O (CH3)3COH infrared spectrum of 2-methylpropan-2-ol wavenumbers cm-1 functional group detection fingerprint pattern identification of tert-butyl alcohol doc brown's advanced organic chemistry revision notes 

Spectra obtained from a liquid film of 2-methylpropan-2-ol. The right-hand part of the of the infrared spectrum of 2-methylpropan-2-ol, wavenumbers ~1500 to 400 cm-1 is considered the fingerprint region for the identification of 2-methylpropan-2-ol and most organic compounds. It is due to a unique set of complex overlapping vibrations of the atoms of the molecule of 2-methylpropan-2-ol.

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Interpretation of the infrared spectrum of 2-methylpropan-2-ol

The most prominent infrared absorption lines of 2-methylpropan-2-ol

The most characteristic absorption is the broad O-H stretching vibration band at wavenumbers ~3500 to 3230 cm-1, the breadth is caused by hydrogen bonding interactions, common to all hydrogen bonded molecules with a hydroxyl group e.g. alcohols and carboxylic acids.

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C-H stretching vibration absorption occurs ~2900 cm-1, wavenumbers common to any molecule with alkyl groups.

C-C-C skeletal vibrations show absorptions at wavenumbers ~1255 to 1200 cm-1 and 750 to 720 cm-1 for a -C(CH3)3 grouping.

There are C-O stretching vibration and C-H deformation vibration absorption bands of wavenumbers ~1350 to 1030 cm-1, common to aliphatic alcohols

The absence of other specific functional group bands will show that a particular functional group is absent from the 2-methylpropan-2-ol molecular structure.

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