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Date of Award
Chemistry (BA, BS)
Dr. John Swierk
Science and Mathematics
Chemistry -- Study and teaching; Atomic emission spectroscopy; Tattooing
An effective way to promote student engagement in the laboratory is to substitute traditional reagents for recognizable, real-world products. In this work, two laboratory experiments are outlined – one geared toward undergraduate general chemistry students and one for high school introductory level chemistry students – which replace solutions of metal salts with tattoo inks in the classic flame test experiment. The main objective of both experiments is to familiarize students with the subatomic mechanism occurring during atomic emission. Additionally, the undergraduate level experiment features the use of spectroscopy to identify metals present within tattoo inks through analysis of atomic emission spectra.
Horoszewski, Emma, "Using tattoo inks to develop undergraduate general chemistry and high school level chemistry students’ understanding of atomic emission" (2021). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 9.