The purpose of this experiment is to use FTIR spectroscopy to compare and identify different popular brands of plastic wraps. You will be given a sample of one of these wraps (Handi Wrap, Kroger Plastic Wrap, Glad Wrap, Reynolds Plastic Wrap, and Saran Wrap).
Cut a small piece of the plastic wrap and tape it across the sample holder in the FTIR. Run a scan and then use the Omnic library and determine the identity of the sample.
Results and Discussion:
Summarize the types of bonds present in your sample. Decide which one of the samples is your plastic wrap. Relate the different groups in the molecule to the different peaks seen.
Obtain a copy of the spectra for the other four samples and do the same thing.
What peaks do the spectra have in common? What peak(s) are found only in one or two of the samples?
Kroger Plastic Wrap
polyethylene (PE) (ethene monomer) Reynolds Plastic Wrap polyvinyl chloride (PVC) vinyl chloride (chloroethene monomer) Saran Wrap copolymer of vinylchloride and vinylidene chloride