Organic Chemistry Lab Manual

The Department has put together a lab manual for students taking organic chemistry at CSUB (CHEM 3310 and 3311). This is the most up-to-date version of the lab manual (last updated August 2015). If you see any information that is missing/incorrect or if you have any suggestions on how to improve the lab manual, please contact Dr. Dani Solano (


Topic 1: Safety in the Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Topic 2: Cleaning Glassware

Topic 3: Keeping a Proper Lab Notebook

Topic 4: Writing an Organic Chemistry Lab Report

Topic 5: Directions for Finding an Article from a Citation

Topic 6: Common Lab Calculations

Topic 7: Using a Pasteur Pipet


Lab 1: Maintaining a Laboratory Notebook

Lab 2: Developing and Testing a Hypothesis

Lab 3: Calibration of a Melting Point Apparatus

Lab 4: Extraction of Iodine from an Aqueous Solution

Lab 5: The Effect of pH on Sodium Benzoate

Lab 6: Separating and Identifying the Components of a Mixture

Lab 7: Service Learning I

Lab 8: Chromatographic Analysis of Analgesic Drugs

Lab 9: Addition of Bromine to trans-Cinnamic Acid

Lab 10: Isolation of Lawsone from Henna

Lab 11: Investigation of a Chemical Bond by Infrared Spectroscopy

Lab 12: Synthesis of an Ester

Lab 13: Predicting the Products of an Aldol Reaction

Lab 14: Qualitative Organic Analysis

Lab 15: Service Learning II

Lab 16: Reduction of Vanillin to Vanillyl Alcohol


Appendix A: Instructions for Using the Varian EM360A Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer

Appendix B: Instructions for Using the picoSpin Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometer

Appendix C: Instructions for Using the IR Spectrometer

Appendix D: Instructions for Using the MicroLab Spectrophotometer

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