Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Major

Chemistry

Research Sponsor

Dr. Adam Smith

First Reader

Dr. Aliaksei (Alex) Boika

Second Reader

Dr. Claire A. Tessier

Abstract

Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy is a tool used throughout the field of chemistry and in chemical labs across the world. Spectrophotometers are a core technology in analytical chemistry, and are used to obtain accurate data on solution concentration. Unfortunately spectrophotometers can be difficult to obtain due to their high cost and low availability outside of a laboratory; this is especially true in either high school or lower grades where buying a spectrophotometer could be considered unreasonable due to price. There are ways to obtain cheaper spectrophotometers, but they can have a high initial cost or low overall quality. This paper will discuss and present a 3D printed spectrophotometer that is inexpensive to build, but displays an overall quality that will allow for accurate measurements of analyte. The design is relatively simple and allows for one time placement of both a blank and analyte cuvette, which makes for a more convenient and time efficient measurement.

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