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Solvent coating of polymers

I am interested in coating polymers with solvents (dissolve polymer in solvent, coat and then solvent evaporates). I wanted to know how to know things like which solvents are usually best and how the ...
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Information depth in x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)

What is 'information depth' in XPS and what does determine it? Also how does it depend on the 'take-off angle'?
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Particle suspension and re-suspension of nano-particles

I am doing a senior project that synthesizes PbS quantum dots and our particles keep crashing out of solution. I was wondering if anyone can give me some advice or information on stabilizing the ...
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Why is gold sol used for intra-muscular injection?

In my textbook it is written that gold sol is used for intramuscular injection. But, actually what is its use? Why would people use such a precious element for injection. Can other colloids be used ...
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What eco-friendly substance can I use to write and erase on a wall for UV glowing without detection in daylight?

I rent an office and want an alternative to a whiteboard and continual dry-erase marker purchases. I can shut out the light and use the surface under UV lamps only, that's fine. Commonly listed ...
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What is the edge of a diamond like?

The chemical structure of a diamond is defined as an endless lattice in which each carbon atom is covalently bonded to four other carbon atoms situated at the four ends of a tetrahedron. But of ...
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Thermodynamics (Entropy change) of micellization?

I was reviewing the thermodynamics of micelle formation from the Wikipedia page and this book. I understood most of the arguments but micellization is supposed to be an entropy driven process with a ...
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Why is Charcoal such an excellent adsorbent?

Charcoal (also activated charcoal) is known to adsorb a huge variety of substances including a variety of paints, dyes and many different kinds of ions. Moreover, the amount of adsorption at normal ...
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surface sensitive techniques

is there a way to analyze the surface of a transition metal (chemical composition and possibly oxidation states) immersed in a molten KOH environment, while the metal is also under electrochemical ...
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How do point defects in a crystal relate to Entropy?

I am interested in Non-Stoichiometry and how it relates to crystal structures; In particular I wish to learn about surfaces of metal oxides. I am aware that point defects in such crystals are a result ...
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Soil-solution cations in competition for exchange sites

How could one determine the likelihood of one cation displacing another on a negatively charged exchange site of a clay particle? For example, in a soil solution containing equal parts (by number of ...
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Estimating Surface Reactions - Liquid, Turbulent Flow

So, I need a method of estimating the influence of a surface (rate constant would do for a start), the idea is to estimate just Reactant + Surface -> Product in a turbulent liquid flow. Now I am ...
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Prediction of surface atoms in molecule from its graph

If we are given a molecular graph i.e. al the atoms involved and their connectivity, how can we make reasonable prediction if the atom would lie in the surface or in the inner part. On way might be ...
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Solid hydrophilic transparant materials that don't dissolve in water

I am looking for hydrophilic transparant materials which are solid at room temperature and that don't dissolve in water. I need these for an experiment in which I condense droplets on a plate made out ...
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Stripeless cleaning of windows

Cross post: http://physics.stackexchange.com/q/56800/7433 Last week I was discussing with a friend how we thought the stripeless cleaning of windows is achieved when using a cleaner like Windex ...
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Potential diffrence between two graphite strips in NaCl solution

I have two identical graphite strips of dimensions 3.5cm by 1cm. Both are 3/4 submerged in aqueous NaCl solution (0.34mol/dm3, 2%wt) with a distance of 7cm apart. I attached crocodile clips to each ...
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Selectivity Coefficients of Ion Exchange Resins - Selectivity Reversal with TDS / Ionic Strength

I'm currently studying ion exchange resins and generally getting a bit stuck on some points of information which I do not fully understand / are not very well explained within the literature. I ...
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Palladium hydride forming water and heat at room temperature

I just read that saturated palladium hydride, $\ce{PdH}$0.7, when exposed to oxygen will generate heat and water on it's surface, $\ce{4 H}$(Pd) $\ce{+O2}$(g) $\ce{\to 2 H2O}$(g, l). What is going ...
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Kinetic energy of electrons emitted in Photoelectron Spectroscopy

In multiple sources (example), I found the information that the kinetic energy $E_k$ measured using (Ultraviolet / X-ray) Photoelectron Spectroscopy is given by: $E_k = h\nu - B.E._F - \phi_{spec}$ ...
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Treatment of copper (0) with sodium hydroxide

I recently made self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of alkanethiols on a copper substrate. After scrubbing off the $\small{\ce{Cu2O}}$ top layer and rubbing the surface with ether and ethanol, I let my ...
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What is the chemistry behind this “petrol from air” technology?

A recent news report in the UK claimed a breakthrough in making a petrol equivalent from carbon dioxide and water: A small British company has produced the first "petrol from air" using a ...
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How do surfactants spread in the case of multiple materials?

For example, consider a pot of water with a drop of oil floating on it, with surfactants present in the water. Will the surfactants in the water spread evenly across all three interfaces ...
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How does a Brunauer–Emmett–Teller device function?

The Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) theory is comprehensible. My question is more geared towards what is physically and chemically happening within a BET device to get a reading? How does a BET device ...
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Retention of surface texture after combustion

Just some while ago I was burning a box of cardboard in my backyard and I saw a very curious phenomenon. I saw that as the cardboard box started burning it started to curl. Up after a while as I ...
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What is the mechanism of APTES mono-layer formation on glass substrates?

The reagent APTES is a fairly common "ink" for microcontact printing, a technique that forms covalent bonds between the silanols found on the surface of the glass and the silane in the the APTES. It's ...