Questions tagged [alkali-metals]

For questions about the alkali metals (group 1), their compounds, and their physical and chemical properties. For questions specifically about hydrogen, use tag [hydrogen] instead.

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What is the pale green solution from dissolving sodium hydroxide in a stainless steel flask?

I have previously used drain/sink cleaner gel based on sodium hydroxide but noticed that caustic soda crystals were a lot cheaper. I decided to experiment with making my own cleaner. I bought a 1 ...
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Why does conductivity of a solution of sodium in liquid ammonia decrease with a decrease in temperature?

What happens to the conductivity when a solution of sodium in liquid ammonia at $\pu{-33^{\circ}C}$ (Boiling point of ammonia) is further cooled? I expected the solution to behave as any other ...
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Ionic mobilities and conductivities of lithium and potassium cations in acetonitrile–propylene carbonate solution

Recently I calculated the ionic mobility and molar ionic conductivity values for $\ce{Li+}$ and $\ce{K+}$ cations in an acetonitrile–propylene carbonate binary mix solution (8:2 molar fraction ratio). ...
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Can alkali-doped exohedral fullerene molecules show superconducivity?

Alkali doped fullerenes are one of the few organic materials that show superconductivity. However, when attaching a new molecular system to a fullerene doped with an alkali metal, will it still show ...
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What determines the consistency of hydrogen foam when reacting aluminium with sodium hydroxide solution?

I was using $\ce{NaOH}$ solution to remove hardened grease from my stove burners, and it began to generate a lot of bubbles, some of which merged into a big bubble and erupted into the surface, but ...
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Can you get potassium by reducing KCl with lithium?

I would have said that the answer was no, because lithium is less reactive than potassium is, so you would expect the reaction to go the other way: with potassium and lithium chloride reacting to ...
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Why does solubility of Carbonate salts of Alkali metals in water increase down the group?

Carbonate salts have a very large anion so hydration energy should dominate over lattice energy. Since hydration energy is inversely proportional to radius of ion, I would expect Lithium to release ...
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Make Na or K using carbonate + charcoal?

In the 19th century, Na metal was isolated by heating up Na2CO3 + carbon to 1200 C and distilling and capturing the Na vapor under oil. I tried it a few years ago with a small steel tube welded at ...
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Nature of the bonding in hexaaquaaluminium complex

$\ce {[Al(H2O)6]^3+}$ is a well-known complex ion formed by the $\ce {Al^3+}$. I have always had the understanding that only the aqua complexes of transition metal ions, such as $\ce {[Fe(H2O)6]^3+}$, ...
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Potassium ethoxide

Is it possible to make potassium ethoxide by mixing $\ce{KOH}$ and $\ce{EtOH}$ in the presence of a dehydrating agent like $\ce{MgSO4}$ or $\ce{CaO}$ or $\ce{K2CO3}$? The easy way is adding metallic ...
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Ease of reaction of hydrogen with alkali and alkaline earth metals

The ease of reaction of group 1 metals with hydrogen decreases as we go down the group. But why lithium requires high temperature than sodium, potassium and rubidium? What is exactly "ease of ...
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Metal oxide formation minimum temperature?

Is there such thing as minimum temperature for creation of metal oxide? Let's say a highly reactive metal, lithium, comes into contact with solid oxygen at a cryogenic temperature of 20 Kelvin, would ...
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Do positive results of a lead paint testing kit imply that a dipped door is now toxic?

We have had some 1930's doors dipped in a caustic solution to remove the paint. Before dipping, we found that a layer of yellow paint contained lead. It tested positive with: https://www.amazon.com/...
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Color of Flame Test for Alkali Metals

Lithium is known to have the highest ionization energy among Group 1 elements. Also, characteristic colours in the flame test arise due to the excitation and de-excitation of electrons. Then why ...
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What is the trend of thermal stability of group 1 oxides?

The thermal stability of most compounds of Group 1 elememts (hydroxides, carbonates, nitrates) increases down the group due to decrement in charge density of the cation. Now, according to one of my ...