I’ve been experimenting with producing Iron Acetates and I’ve run into a snag. Here’s my process so far:
I started by adding white vinegar and ~50% Hydrogen Peroxide to a reaction vessel with steel wool sponges and allowing it to react for a month. After that I ran the solution through a filter multiple times until it was fairly clear to remove most of the unreacted solids. After that I tested an aliquot of the fluid by placing some leather in it to see if the leather turned black. It did quite quickly. After that I placed it in a boiling flask and heated it with a flame directly (because I don’t have a big enough beaker or other apparatus to indirectly heat it) and it turned orange. I’m guessing this happened because the elevated temperature allowed it to react with atmospheric oxygen. I continued heating till the solvent was gone leaving a red-brown-black solid on the side of the boiling flask.
I want to dissolve the solid so I added ~100mL of ~50% Ethanol (Smirnoff blue label vodka) to the flask to dissolve it and left it overnight, but it’s barely dissolved at all. I thought about heating it to create pure ethanol vapor which would do the trick but I don’t have a condenser to condense the ethanol again. Is there a better way of dissolving it?