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Advanced Organic Chemistry: Infrared spectrum of 1-methoxypropane

Interpreting the infrared spectrum of 1-methoxypropane

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infrared spectrum of 1-methoxypropane C4H10O CH3OCH2CH2CH3 wavenumbers cm-1 functional group detection fingerprint pattern identification of methyl propyl ether doc brown's advanced organic chemistry revision notes 

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

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Interpretation of the infrared spectrum of 1-methoxypropane

The most prominent infrared absorption lines of 1-methoxypropane

A group of C-O stretching absorptions, from the ether linkage (C-O-C) are found around wavenumbers 1150 to 1060 cm-1.

You get C-H bending/deformation vibration absorption bands at wavenumbers 1470 to 1365 cm-1.

The C-H stretching vibration absorption bands are found in the 2800 to 3000 cm-1  wavenumber region.

The absence of other specific functional group bands will show that a particular functional group is absent from the 1-methoxypropane molecular structure.


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