Elizabeth's ferrocine lab

Elizabeth's ferrocine lab - Discussion One of the purposes...

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Discussion: One of the purposes of this reaction was to learn how to make important organic materials with minimal harm to the environment. We were able to do this by using a microwave reactor. The microwave reactor both uses less heat and fewer chemicals so that it is better for the environment as a whole. The microwave was used in the first part of the reaction. According to my percent yield, 76%, the microwave reactor appeared to work relatively well. However, after purification, my yield dropped tremendously to only 32.8%. Only 32.8% of actual acetylferrocene had been produced. Before purification I was able to use TLC plates to determine that I had multiple compounds in my product. During purification, I was able to confirm that three different compounds had been produced or retained. About one fourth of my product was 1,1- diacetylferrocene which I was able to identify by its dark color. About the same amount of my product had remained as ferrocine. I was able to determine this using the TLC
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