I have tried searching everywhere for a stable, non-volatile, bio-safe, low viscosity (< .8cST) fluid. Everything I have come across that is low viscosity is inflammable - acetone, ether, silicone oil, fuel, etc.
I have found some confusing things in my research. Acetone has a viscosity 3x less than water but weighs 2.5 times more. I would like to know how water weighs less but flows slower. Google says viscosity is from low intermolecular forces, but I do not know how to quantify those forces or how to find chemicals that match.
I am trying to make a science project that shows the principle of siphoning, but I want a lower viscosity liquid to show how viscosity effects flow rate. I am working with glass right now and PVC tubes, but I can change my materials based on whatever low viscosity liquid you can find.
Also if anyone knows anything about siphoning, viscosity or material chemistry please let me know if there is a database I can search or if you know chemical that is less viscous than water and meets my specifications.
Is there something I can add to water to lower the viscosity aside from heating? I do not want to have boiling water in my hands. I hear there are surfactants that lower the viscosity of water, but google says surfactants increase viscosity.