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Questions tagged [distillation]

For questions about the process of distillation. For the distillation process used in metal refining, also use the [metallurgy] tag.

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Why we don't we save water by boiling the contaminated water to get the pure steam?

I see lot of drinkable water wasted in household and industrial activities, water usually gets contaminated with detergents(and other household materials),chemical effluents released from factories . ...
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Removing water/moisture from car exhaust [closed]

I know that car exhaust is almost entirely nitrogen, water and carbon dioxide. How would I go about removing the water? Would I have to condense it off? Any devices already exist for doing so?
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Double surface in the pressure temperature concentration curve for a binary mixture

In the 3 dimensional diagram given, when a constant pressure plane intersects with the double surface, it produces a looped curve without a maxima or minima. What is the double surface and how is the ...
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what is the purpose of steam in 'steam distillation' of aniline?

According to me,steam helps in increase in the vapour pressure so as to reduce the boiling point of the mixture. In my book,it is given that steam is used to reduce the vapour pressure of the liquid. ...
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Last step of nicotine extraction using DCM

After using hydro-distillation method with distilled water and NaOH, separating the extract with dichloromethane, distillate it at 40 °C/104 °F, I'm left with some yellow pale oil. I'm just wondering ...
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What is the difference, if there is, between this two distillation methods?

Reading about water vapor distillation, I found two differents approaches: Direct one Indirect one. The first has an arrange like: Here the chamber contains water and the plant. It is cooled and ...
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Removing toluene from olive oil

Without the availability of any lab equipment what might be a practical at-home method for removal of toluene from an olive oil mixture with fullerene? Given the boiling point of toluene being ~ 110 ∘...
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Do theoretical plates required to obtain a pure product decrease under vacuum distillation?

For this question I am using Ethanol as an example. The following is the vapor-liquid equilibrium diagram for Ethanol under atmospheric pressures. Under reduced pressures do the number of theoretical ...
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What is the future of water treatment, and why we don't use enough purified sea and freshwater? [closed]

I understand thermal and membrane distillation are very expensive and that slowed down their usage, but now we can bring 100% clean energy to power them. Except the set-up, the price of materials and ...
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Isopropyl alcohol still leaves evaporation residue after distillation

I just finished distilling two liters of IPA because evaporating 5 ml on a watch glass revealed it to contain quite a bit of dissolved impurities. However, it still leaves some residue, even though I ...
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What causes both components of a binary gas mix to condensate at the same time for a given composition

Okay, so recently I encountered the temperature - mole fraction diagrams for binary vapour-liquid equilibrium. For now, I only consider two-component systems where the components are very similar and ...
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Enrichment of D2O

The Wikipedia page for deuterium oxide (heavy water) says that its boiling point is 374.5 K and the one for ordinary water is 373.13 K. Is there a way of distillation which we can use to enrich ...
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Vapour-Liquid Equilibrium

I have been studying flash distillation, and I am reading the VLE tables my textbook has provided. I am looking at these tables and I am not understanding the data, I think. Why is the vapour mole ...
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How to achieve active chattering in Snyder Column

I am conducting an experiment for Undergrad Thesis and am having trouble with the Snyder Column. I have it attached to a Kuderna Danish concentrator and submerged into a beaker with boiling water. The ...
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Do light and heavy water form an azeotrope?

(Interested in the general principle too, not just for water and its variants, but with particular emphasis on it.) When you distill a weak ethanol-in-water solution, you get a condensate that's ...
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Is it possible to fractionally distill a compound made up of substances with very similar boiling points?

Let's say I have a solution that is made up of substances that have very similar boiling points, say less than 5 degrees apart. Is it even possible to fractionally distill those substances, say, using ...
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What is this glassware between flask and condenser to collect liquid?

I've been trying to identify this piece of glassware for ages now. I've been combing the internet and can't seem find anything similar. It looks like some kind of adapter/collecter/trap that sits on ...
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Distillery Transfer Hoses

I was hoping an actual person could offer me some advice. I work in a craft distillery and I'm getting a lot of mixed information on how compatible PVC is with high-proof alcohol. It definitely seems ...
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Column pressure control in distillation

In the industry , it's important to maintain the column pressure control in the distillation column . " Pressure alterations will alter column vapour loads and temperature profiles. . So when using ...
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Distillation of aniline/water mixture

I read from a source that aniline and water can be separated by steam distillation. But isn't this senseless as steam distillation will simply add more water and make separation more difficult?
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How can I remove water vapor from an airstream without a cold trap?

I'm trying to perform vacuum distillation at home with a rotary vane vacuum pump. In order to not ruin my vacuum pump, solvent vapor (in my case, water) should be removed from the air before it ...
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How to increase the concentration of HCl

Today I have purchased some $\ce{HCl(aq)}$ on my local market with a concentration of 23%. However, I need to obtain a concentration of 37% in order to perform an experiment. Can I use distillation ...
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Distilled brandy with potassium carbonate turns yellow?

I am very much a novice. I've been trying to make some spagyric tinctures of herbs using ethanol as the solvent. I read a while back that you can rectify alcohol by adding 25 grams of potassium ...
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Can liquids be made a lot purer than by fractional distilation?

Suppose you have a fused quartz tube with one closed end coiled into a spiral with a diameter of more than 10 m and you submerge it into a mixture of water and ethanol in a way that gets rid of all ...
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How does electrophoretic separation work in terms of separating soil into minerals?

I found this diagram and would like to know how it works with soil. Google searches yield protein/biology things, anyone know how this method would work with soil?
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Would distilling a sodium fluoride solution generate hydrogen fluoride to any noticeable extent?

If you have a solution of NaF, and you boil it (to get pure water by distillation) can the fluoride ions in water separate from sodium ions and combine with hydrogen ions to form HF? ...
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How to get anhydrous triflic acid from triflic anhydride?

I require a small amount of triflic acid, and while other research groups do not have any, I did locate some trflic anhydride. Does anyone have a published protocol for obtaining the anhydrous acid ...
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Packing column material for fractional distillation

While performing fractional distillation, we use glass beads or steel wool as the packing material in the distillation column, if you do not have access to a Vigreaux column. Both of them are used to ...
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Safety of Distillation

In the process of any sort of distillation, is it possible that one of the component combusts spontaneously? If so, how is it avoided (especially in oil refineries)?
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Un-denaturing industrial alcohol

I have a question regarding the denaturation of industrial ethanol with methanol to discourage its consumption. The boiling point of methanol is 64.7 °C, while the boiling point of ethanol is 78.37 °...
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Condenser length?

I notice that Graham condensers tend to come in three main sizes: 200mm, 300mm and 400mm. What are the relative merits of each size? My typical application is vacuum distillation of organic solvents ...
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Distillation for separating very close boiling components

When components of a mixture have very similar Boiling Points, say 2 C is distillation ever a viable separation procedure at industrial scale? Assuming one were willing to install a very tall column,...
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To heat or not to heat; distillation?

One of the questions in a recent past paper I completed was: One way to make water from the reservoir suitable for drinking is by distillation. Describe how water is distilled. And I answered ...
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How to separate benzyl alcohol and meta-cresol

Benzyl alcohol and meta-cresol boiling point's are not so different, the fractional distillation will be very difficult, what can i do for separate this two composites ?
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Most efficient way to purify household vinegar: distillation or freezing?

I am aware that there are better ways to purify acetic acid out of a water-acid mixture than these, but which one out of distillation (using heat) and fractional freezing (using cold) would gain a ...
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Acetic acid synthesis

I made some acetic acid by bubbling ethenone through water, but my weight calculations don't make any sense, so I think there were some side products along with the acetic acid. What are they, and ...
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Fractional distillation of crude oil and resulting fuel ratios

I understand from the diagram below that different fuels condense at different temperatures. But I don't know anything about crude oil (and very little about chemistry in general). Could I simply ...
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Denatured Ethyl Alcohol Purification

I have denatured ethyl alcohol which was obtained this formula; In 100 L ethyl alcohol there is 0.8 gr denatonium benzoate and 78 gr tert-Butyl alcohol. Is there any way to obtain absolute ethyl ...
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Deuterium depleted water through fractional distilation

Could a packed fractional still of the same type used to distill ethanol to 95% be used to produce deuterium depleted drinking water? The still has a 1000 watt electric heating element and has a ...
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distilling small volume?

i have 50ml of a compound i would like to purify, since the impurities presents have close BP, i have to use fractional distillation. i would like to know if im gonna lose significant quantity of my ...
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Choosing a vacuum pump for fractional distillation

I have a fractional distillation setup. I would like to purify a small mixture ($\pu{\approx 100-150 mL}$) of high boiling point compounds (between $200$ and $\pu{300^\circ C}$). The one that ...
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Fractional distillation of a product differs from the components listed in the SDS. What am I doing wrong?

I recently bought a product called Prestone De-Icer for Windows and Wipers which claimed to contain Methanol. I was puzzled when using it to note that it did not smell much like Methanol so I looked ...
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How can I create a small pilot scaled vacuum distillation apparatus

I'm doing some research into building a small pilot scale distillation apparatus to separate ethanol dissolved essential oils from the ethanol solvent. I've run some experiments in a rotovape, but the ...
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overall energy and the boiling point

i need help with the fractional distillation method of a couple of substances at least more than two substances , just like air actually what am i looking for is that why do substances in air with a ...
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boiling point and distillation relation

i need help with the fractional distillation method of a couple of substances at least more than two substances , just like air actually what am i looking for is that why do substances in air with a ...
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Does Dean Kamen's Slingshot really filter virtually everything?

According to Dean Kamen (in the movie http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3242934/) and on the Net (http://www.popsci.com/article/science/pure-genius-how-dean-kamens-invention-could-bring-clean-water-millions)...
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opperating a distillation column far from flooding

I know that flooding will ruin the performance of a distillation column. There are many correlations (Eckert, kister, billet, etc.) that will tell you when a column will flood based on your fluid ...
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Synthesis of phosphonate salt not working

I have tried four times in the past few weeks to synthesise 2-ethoxyvinyl phosphonyl dichloride by reacting ethyl vinyl ether with phosphorus pentachloride in toluene. I have been following the ...
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Troubles with cinnemaldehyde extraction - A few general questions

I'm trying to do a cinnemaldehyde extraction. I've tried both a simple and a steam distillation. I'm using the video: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDoaPIKT_Xg] - as a guide. One of the main ...
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Steam Distillation - Condensate not going through condenser

Basically what the title says. I set my equipment up exactly like pretty much every diagram I could find. There's condensation through the claisen adapter and into the distillation adapter, but for ...