University Chemistry ›› 2018, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (7): 149-154.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX201806011

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Construction and Application of a Simple UV-Vis Spectrometer

Jun HUANG1,Yongkang LE2,Yan WANG1,Zhanxia LÜ1,Weihong LI1,Yanzi MA1,Li JIA1,Kaiguo MA1,Lei BIAN1,Hao ZHAO1,Ling GUAN1,Xuanfeng XU1,zhen GAO1,*()   

  1. 1 National Demonstration Center for Experimental Chemistry Education, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, P. R. China
    2 Physics Teaching Lab, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, P. R. China
  • Received:2018-06-08 Published:2018-07-17
  • Contact: zhen GAO
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In this paper, a simple version of UV-Vis spectrometer was constructed to illustrate structure of the spectrometer and the function of the equipment components. Modern UV-Vis spectrometer tends to be present as "black box" that the inner construct is not visible, however, the open UV-Vis spectrometer can solve this problem. Interesting interactive experiments were conducted with this equipment. The inner connections between color, pigment density and optical spectrum were clearly illustrated by measuring colored drinks using the UV-Vis spectrometer. Furthermore, knowledge of chemistry and instrument was well introduced to people of different ages.

Key words: Construction, UV-Vis spectrometer, Science popularization of chemistry