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Why is Nylon-2,6 biodegradable but Nylon-6,6 isn't?

Both have similar functional groups so what causes Nylon 2,6 to be biodegradable while Nylon 6,6 is not?
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Why doesn't natural gas combustion release only one-sixth as much carbon dioxide as coal burning?

Burning hydrogen releases a little more energy than burning carbon, correct? And methane is CH4, but coal is mostly C, correct? So shouldn't burning pure carbon release five times the CO2 (Assuming ...
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Why doesn't limestone layer on house walls (now dust) flow off when it rains due to dissolved carbon dioxide?

What happens to the limestone layer formed on house walls after whitewashing? Why does it not flow off when it rains, as rainwater contains $\ce{CO2}$? That will covert $\ce{CaCO3}$ into calcium ...
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pH of rain with and without thunderstorm

I just came to know that pH of rain water will be lesser when it is accompanied by a thunderstorm than when it is not accompanied by thunderstorm. Why would it be so? Will the temperature increase due ...
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Is Sulfur or Sulfur Dioxide harmful to the environment? [closed]

I'm studying the impact/effects of greenhouse gases/pollution on the environment. I found that sulfur dioxide has harmful effects , but I read here that "pollutants like sulfur actually keep our ...
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Effect of short lived chemicals on global warming exceeding effect of carbon dioxide

From Wikipedia: Global Warming Potential GWP values and lifetimes: Nitrous oxide lasts about 121 years in the atmosphere, causes about 280 times as much warming over 20 years, but about 300 times as ...
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Understanding Pourbaix diagram

I am recently taking courses in environmental chemistry and I was introduced to Pourbaix diagram. I was taught that the lines in the Pourbaix diagrams are equilibrium lines. Lets take as an example ...
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Use of powder of kernel of tamarind seeds for water purification

In the chapter Environmental Chemistry in our textbook it's given that Powder of Kernel of Tamarind seeds can be used for water treatment as a substitute for alum. But if I understand correctly, alum ...
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CO2 Catalytic Converter

We all know how CO2, as a greenhouse gas affects the climate and causes global warming. I was thinking of a small device, which could be attached to the exhaust pipe of an automobile. It could convert ...
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Any examples of reactions where simpler molecules are combined into more complex ones and are endothermic at the same time? [closed]

Can you name examples of reactions that are endothermic and simple molecules are combined into more complex ones at the same time? Like what plants do they take heat and sunlight and they synthetize ...
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Electrolysis of copper chloride in solution of Vinegar + H2O2 + NaCl after copper etching

I did copper etching (to make a PCB) using a solution of vinegar + H202 + NaCl and now I need to dispose the solution. There is no waste collection for this kind of stuff where I live, so after some ...
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Why doesn't fluorine harm the ozone layer the way chlorine and bromine do? [closed]

I don't understand the chemistry here: fluorine is a halogen too. I read that fluorine in the atmosphere readily forms HF, which is (somewhat) stable and doesn't catalytically break down ozone. But, ...
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Carbon Sequestration For Indoor Farming

First the backstory: We've begun growing mushrooms (currently Enoki, Lion's Mane and Blue Oysters if anyone is curious) for the sake of eating and maybe potentially selling someday soon. My partner ...
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Unsure whether this classification of Volatile Organic Compound and/or Particulate Matter is correct

I am asking on behalf of a friend so please bear with me! Instructions: For each chemical, classify whether it is a VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) and/or PM (Particulate Matter 2.5 or Particulate ...
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Biodegradation time for biodegradable shopping bags?

How long does it take for the plastic/polythene shopping bags marked biodegradable to biodegrade?
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Removing PTFE marks on glass bottles after using magnetic stir bars

I am using magnetic stir bars to agitate solutions for 4 weeks at a time. I have noticed at the bottom of the glass bottles that white marks have accumulated where the stir bar spins. Even with ...
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Coagulation with Ferric Chloride

I'm having a hard time understanding the use of coagulation wastewater treatment. I have read in literature that ferric chloride is used as a coagulant to remove COD, TSS and ammonia from landfill ...
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Spraying difluoroethane into an enclosed space

I'm working on developing physics lab activities that my students can do at home during the covid quarantines. For an activity involving waves and thermodynamics, I came up with an experiment at home ...
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The pH of a drop of water containing ammonia

Presented with the following equations: What would the $\mathrm{pH}$ of a drop of water be, while in equilibrium with $\ce{NH3(g)}$ at a concentration of $\pu{150 ppb}$? $$\ce{NH3_{(g)} + H2O_{(l)} &...
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SARS-CoV-2 virus floating in the air in *aerosols* for up to 3 hours [closed]

I have a question related to SARS-CoV-2 virus spreaded in the air. This Straits Time article from March 18 describes a new study: The tests show that when the virus is carried by the droplets ...
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Solvents and Enzymes

I was reading recently about environmental remediation being done, using an esterase to break down / neutralize cocaine that had contaminated waterways in Europe. Are there similar enzymes that can be ...
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Difference in pH of water and rainwater

In my textbook (Olmsted and Williams 4th ed) it is given that pH of pure water is 7, pH of unpolluted rain water is between 5-6 and pH of acid rain is between 4-5. It is obvious that pH for acid ...
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Ozone layer: why shouldn’t there be holes at the poles? [closed]

Just read "What property allows ozone to absorb uv light" together with excellent answers. The driver here, i.e. the source of both the short and long wave UV, is of course sunlight. This is notably ...
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How can methane absorb infrared light within wide range of frequency but CO2 can't?

Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gases in Earth's atmosphere.I saw a lot of answers related to it but lacks de facto exegesis to it.
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Removing or hiding (white) magnesium carbonate residues on natural rock surfaces

As noted in this question, magnesium carbonate is often used by rock climbers to help mitigate the effect of sweating whilst climbing. While this is not a major issue on artificial walls, the residue ...
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What chemicals cause the softer, less-raw taste of purified water sold in bottles?

I've seen the post, "What defines an element's taste?", but it doesn't answer my question. I took water that is supplied by the municipality corporation and put it through a gravity based water ...
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The science behind fertilizers

Do you know some books or articles that elaborate on the chemistry behind fertilizers? I have taken organic chemistry so far, and inorganic chemistry as well. I am also familiar with the Haber-Bosch ...
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Amending soil pH to change the color of hydrangea flowers

I would like to ensure that my hydrangeas are blue. I am told that adding ammonium sulfate or aluminium sulfate will cause the soil to be more acidic. I am also told that adding elemental sulfur will ...
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How will a NPK 15-0-15 fertilizer affect this soil?

If the soil we have has pH 7,2 and we want to add this fertilizer which has 15-0-15 (NPK). What should the fertilizer contain in order for the pH to get reduced? I believe that $\ce{K+}$ ions should ...
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Problem in terms of pC-pH plotting

I recently confronted a mission to plot a pC-pH graph('p' stands for the p-value notation, and 'C' stands for the concentration of a species), which meets the conditions below: Plot the pC-pH graph ...
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DIY Brass Etching methods (safer etchants, waste, and disposal of)

I want to etch brass for making name plates etc. (Also for copper PCBs but brass is probably more complicated given the other metals). Several etchants commonly used, and I'm sure many more are ...
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What makes pentane, hexane, heptane, and octane dangerous, while butane and nonane aren't?

In particular, how do a methylene more (in the case of the pentane) and a methylene less (in the case of the octane) make the difference in harmfulness to the environment in comparison with, ...
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How to determine source of air pollution

It should be determined by some metal markers (meaning originating from traffic etc.) but I cannot find any source which would describe it. Thanks.
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How 'heavy' should an element be, to be a "Heavy Metal"?

I've come across the term "Heavy metals" innumerable times in articles, mostly pertaining to environmental issues. Is there a weight range (of sorts) against which an element (metal) is classified as ...
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Is there an easy way to test for the amount of iron (Fe) in water?

I have a rusty metal rainwater tank, and I'd like to find the amount of iron in the water. (The water I've collected is perfectly clear.) How would chemists in the 1800's have gone about this? What ...
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Calculate the concentration in milimoles per litre (mM) of a solution that is 20% H2SO4 by mass and that has a density of 1.198 g/L

Calculate the concentration in milimoles per litre ($\pu{mM}$) of a solution that is $\pu{20\%} \ce{H2SO4}$ by mass and that has a density of $\pu{1.198 g/L}$. For the answer, please provide two ...
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Mobility of Cations in the Environment

I have recently performed an experiment in which I tested the affects of phytotoxic cations on the rate of germination of the common navy bean. I did this out of curiosity, as I have recently been ...
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What is K2O-nSiO2-xH2O?

In need of $\ce{K2SiO3}$ for my cucumber plants, I purchased a bag of potassium silicate. The molecular formula is $\ce{K2O-nSiO2-xH2O}$. Normally, my bags of fertilizer are easy to figure out. For ...
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How dangerous is an industrial scale styrene spill?

A few years ago a cisterna truck full of styrene crushed on the road near a small town nearby, spilling 4 tons of the chemical. It apparently has caused a small ecological catastrophe killing fish in ...
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Is it environmental to throw ordinary keys in the regular household trash?

I have several keys on my chain that I do not need any more, so I'm thinking about throwing them away, but I'm not sure if it is okay to throw away in the regular household trash. I looked it up to ...
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Can hydrogen plasma reduce carbon dioxide?

There are several studies describing usage of hydrogen plasma to reduce metal oxides. This is not yet widely adopted in industry, but it is of interest for environmental reasons (such as desrcibed in ...
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Disposing of hazardous waste indicated by numbers on chemicals

I'm doing a book for the African market and the syllabus asks for discussions on proper disposal of chemicals and waste products, particularly in the classroom setting The authors said something ...
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Reaction of electromagnetic radiations with the air pollutants [closed]

My friends, who are working on an IoT based technology project, explained their idea to me which is roughly like reducing air pollution by converting pollutants to oxygen ($\ce{O2}$) in any reaction, ...
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Effect of rain on water and soil samples contaminated by petroleum [closed]

I am about to perform research on the impact of petroleum fire disaster on the soil and water sources within the region of disaster, using heavy metals and total petroleum hydrocarbons as impact ...
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Can Cl(g) cause quick rusting? [closed]

I'm actually digging in something that comes from Syria... How does Chlorine cause metal to get rusted? It's full of pictures of rockets (allegedly filled with chlorine gas) that are all rusted. In my ...
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how to control relative of Fe2+ and Fe3+ [closed]

hi how can I control relative of Fe2+ andFe3+ when we adding raw iron to acid solution To get the ratio 2:1
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First Order Degradation Constant (λ)(d^-1)

Can you please tell me the First Order Degradation Constant (λ)($d^{-1}$) for 1,3,5-Trimethylbenzene (mesitylene)? If you don't have this value, can you please tell me which VOC in 35 Illinois ...
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Why NOx will break the ozone sphere

I've found that a reason for people to oppose supersonic aeroplanes was the $\ce{NO_{$x$}}$ gases it released would do harm to the ozone layer. So what is the mechanism of this?
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What causes methane to have 25 times higher global warming potential than CO2

What causes methane to have 25 times higher global warming potential than $\ce{CO2}$? I think it has to do with $\ce{CH4}$ being a less massive molecule, but I'm not sure.