Chemistry Biology Experiments 1


The Chemistry portion of LABX-215 (“Chemistry Biology Experiments 2″) focuses on practical analytical techniques, and acts as a predecessor to LABX-225, the chemistry portion of which concentrates on organic synthesis techniques.


Classes are held over 5 to 6-hour sessions, and roughly alternate weekly with the equivalent Biology experimental portion of LABX-215.

Learning outcomes

Students will build on the basic analytical techniques they learned in their previous years.  Students will learn how to:

  operate UV/vis and fluorescence spectrometers;

  operate an FT/IR spectrometer, with or without an ATR attachment;

  operate a MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer;

  operate a low-field NMR spectrometer;

  operate a high-field NMR spectrometer;

  analyse data provided by these instruments;

  and work independently, so they will be able to characterise a simple compound without intervention from teaching staff.


LABX-215 Chemistry & Biology Experiments 1 – Laboratory Manual (Chemistry), Osaka University International College, 2015.


This lab manual will be provided in paper form in the first (orientation) class, and in electronic form before that.

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The 2015 syllabus and timetable is complicated:; please see the lab manual for details.


Regarding the timetable, in brief, the class will be split into two streams; one stream will take biology classes, while the other stream will take chemistry classes.  The two streams will roughly alternate, with biology classes mostly (but not always) being held in the Monday afternoon slot, and chemistry classes usually taking the Friday afternoon slot.


Grading is as follows:


            Lab report: Absorption & Emission Spectroscopy                           12 %

            Lab report: FTIR Spectroscopy                                                           12 %

            Lab report: 1H NMR Spectroscopy                                                    12 %

            Lab report: Mass Spectrometry                                                          2 %   (See note)

            Lab report: High-Field Nuclear Magnetic Spectroscopy                   12 %

            Tutorial: Exercises in Spectral Analysis                                               10 %

            Final Examination: Identification of an Unknown Compound           20 %

            Laboratory Performance                                                                       20 %


Note: the majority of the marks for the MS report will be evaluated as part of the Biology portion of the course.


Laboratory performance covers such things as:
   Are you adequately prepared for each class?
   How you interact in class:
        Do you ask questions?
        Are you an active or passive participant?
   Do you follow safety procedures properly?
   The contents of your lab book


Associate Professor; Assistant Professor

Luke Ueda-Sarson; Abigail Cid

Luke Dylan Ueda-Sarson