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Questions regarding the equipment used in labs (such as flasks, tubes etc.), their operation and maintenance.

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What is the product of ammonia reacting with silicone?

I used a soft silicone hose to carry ammonia at ~70 °C. I was surprised to later find the hose had hardened. A quick materials compatibility search for silicone had given me a lot of info but an "...
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HDPE vs PP for storing pure aldehydes

I know both HDPE and PP have at least some degree of resistance to aldehydes, esters and aliphatic hydrocarbons. I am concerned however about minute contamination over time of pure samples and so I ...
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Any plastic for long term storage of Puriss. Ethanol?

I'm being offered to share some puriss Ethanol. Can I store it long term in any plastic container without the slightest contamination/reaction from the plastic? I have HDPE, PET, but I could buy ...
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Safest way to conduct a reaction with bromine under reflux conditions

I am conducting an electrophilic aromatic bromination reaction according to literature. The substrate and intended substitution pattern do not matter, but the reported procedure requires the dropwise ...
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Reduction by Activated Carbon

Does reduction by carbon itself occur when filtration is performed using activated carbon? Is it part of the central mechanisms involved in activated carbon filtration? One of the specificities of all ...
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Experience with PTFE tubing & glass connectors?

I'm wondering which PTFE tubing size to get to connect to normal 10mm OD glass connectors. For a silicon hose I would take an ID of 8-9mm as it is flexible but I think PTFE is quite rigid. Anyone has ...
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What has happened with the pH-meter?

The glass sensor has became red inside like something melted. I stored it in a liquid with pH that mentioned in the manual. What is that and why could that happen, how often that happens with pH-...
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Sintered vs perforated plate Büchner funnels

I just bought a sintered-glass style Büchner funnel for some vacuum filtration tasks. There's two issues I'm having with it: Filter material, especially activated charcoal, ends up stuck in the glass ...
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when using glass to glass stoppers, is it best to have them dry or use lubricant?

I have some glass flasks that have glass stoppers. It’s basically the typical glass stopper with the frosted tip which fits into a glass opening. Basically think of a typical glass volumetric flask. i ...
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Affordable, non-contaminating flexible tubing for common acids

Which tubing material is affordable, flexible, widely available, and suited for transporting very pure acids ("puriss." products) in their most concentrated form without contaminating them? ...
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What kind of filter can remove zeolite dust from ethanol?

I only really have high school level knowledge of chemistry, and also I don't really own any lab equipment. I'm using 3A zeolite molecular sieves to dry ethanol (and sometimes isopropanol) and they ...
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Is the width of a Soxhlet Condenser Inherent to its Function?

Soxhlet extractors are often coupled to a specifically designed condenser with a very large lower joint. Is this inherent to it's function as a condenser in the apparatus or only because the Soxhlet ...
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Confused Reading of Pressure on Vacuum Gauge [closed]

I have a gauge used to measure vacuum but I'm a bit confused as the measurements state "Hg" (I would have supposed inches of mercury except it goes to -30) and "Bar" going to minus ...
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Re-Fusing (Unsplit) Cracked Glassware

If I heat up cracked glassware (wherein a crack has gone through part of the glass without any glass splitting away) will it cleanly refuse together before the whole piece loses its shape? If so, ...
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What the difference in data if calibrate pH-meter with 2 and 3 solutions? [closed]

pH-meter (12 bucks one) can be calibrated with 2 different solutions (let's say 4.0 and 6.86), but as an option 3 can be used (4.0, 6.86 and 9.18). If I use 2 instead of 3, what error I'm going to get....
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Which Additives May be Present in Cellulose Filter Paper? [closed]

I'm wondering what, other than cellulose, might be contained in filter paper (the kind routinely used in Buchner filters / normal funnels). A search here on Chemistry Stackexchange shows that at least ...
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Compact way to regulate 3000psi (200bar) down to 30psi (2bar)?

This was originally posted on the Lego page, and closed because it's not actually about Lego itself. I thought I'd give them a chance first, in case someone had done this already and had some ...
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Looking for advice regarding a larger scale soxhlet extraction

I have successfully completed a few soxhlet extractions at a much smaller scale using a soxhlet extractor with ~200ml capacity. With that, I was able to extract from ~100g of pre-powdered, sonicated ...
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Can a food dehydrator be used as an alternative to a scientific drying oven?

I have some everyday drying needs, like drying dessicants such as calcium chloride and silica gel. Can I use a food dehydrator for this task as an alternative to a scientific drying oven? There is a ...
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can i use an isobutane stove (like jetboil) or butane blowtorch with borosilicate glass?

I don't have a bunsen burner, but have a camping stove (similar to https://www.amazon.com/Stansport-183-B-Isobutane-Backpack-Stove/dp/B004EPWM5S) and a blow torch. I'd like to do some distillation ...
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cheap anti-fog agent!

What are some safe and widely available alternatives to specifically formulated anti-fog sprays/treatments? Specifically for use on glasses, goggles, and face shields.
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Can a spectrometer be used to figure out spice ratios in a sauce?

There is a really good sauce that a local restaurant makes. I have had trouble recreating it, but have gotten somewhat close. I had the following idea: I could take an "image" of the sauce's color ...
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Mercury bulb on spirit thermometer?

I recently broke a Quickfit distillation thermometer and the bulb had liquid metal in it. I assumed it's mercury and acted accordingly. However, the column looks like spirit filled (blue liquid). Has ...
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Reason for rounded fitting at the top end of Allihn Condenser

I am purchasing an essential oil distillation setup. The Allihn Condenser at the top end, and the attached glassware, are rounded. It is supposedly 24/40. I have never seen this. If one of them broke, ...
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Type of equipment to measure exact amounts of liquid

I have to sample $\pu{10mL}$ of liquid hundreds of times a day at work. We use a $\pu{10mL}$ syringe to do so, but it takes a lot of time as they often allow more than $\pu{10mL}$ to be drawn in (i.e....
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What is the scientific term to describe the operation of a bong?

What is the scientific term for the separation of dust particles from air by suction through a specialized flask in a way similar to the operation of a bong? The thing that led me to this was a ...
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Will ground glass joints relieve pressure non-catastrophically?

I need to heat a fluid for seven days at a time. The fluid goes in round bottom flask that is suspended in a water bath. The test fluid will decompose and generate a small amount of gas over time. ...
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BOD5 respirometric method

I operate in a wastewater treatment plant laboratory and I use respirometric method for BOD5 measurement (hach direct plus). Recently I am obtaining high value for BOD (biological oxygen demand) for ...
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Permanent storage container with electrode for electroplating

I'm not a chemist at all but I am looking for a specific type of container which I'm sure must exist but I don't know it's name. We want to store non-toxic (non-cyanide) gold solution for ...
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Gold Plating on Glass?

I am considering labware options to handle NaOH solutions at ~150 °C. One appealing idea would be to coat my current glassware with gold. I've read different sources mentioning the possibility without ...
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NaOH vs Polypropylene

This source lists polypropylene as suitable for use with NaOH. However, this paper seems to demonstrate that NaOH slowly degrades polypropylene (even at fairly moderate temperatures). Does anyone ...
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Labware to handle hot aqueous NaOH

This question regarding appropriate handling of hot concentrated aqueous $\ce{NaOH}$ - with particular concern for avoiding dissolution of borosilicate glassware and contamination of the $\ce{NaOH}$ ...
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Highly concentrated NaOH solution at high temperature vs borosilicate glassware and cellulose?

I've read here on stack-exchange that NaOH will react with glass through the following reaction: 4 NaOH + SiO2 ⤑ Na4SiO4 + 2 H2O I would like to briefly heat a highly concentrated NaOH solution to ...
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Order of internal pressure resistance to expect from laboratory glassware?

I have a need to use more pressure differential than can be afforded by vacuum vs atmospheric pressure alone, and so I've come to consider using pressurised laboratory glassware for part of my setup. ...
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What kind of metal drums are used to store Hydrochloric Acid?

I would expect Hydrochloric Acid to be stored exclusively in glass or plastic containers, but I was surprised to find Honeywell offers it for sale in 30Kg metal drums (Link). I think Hydrochloric ...
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Identifying Name/Purpose of piece of ellipsoid glassware with internal tube?

I recently went to a market in Southern France and found this little piece of equipment for sale along with a whole bunch of other chemistry things. the guy had no idea what it was for or where he'd ...
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Glass joint stuck in flask

I am doing distillation using system of glassware including a flask and a glass joint. Recently I've faced a problem: the glass joint stuck in the flask. I tried to remove it but it broke and hurted ...
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Why isn't pressure filtration popular compared to vacuum filtration?

I want to build a DIY vacuum filtration apparatus with a bike pump but it's very difficult to find one the could be easily converted into a vacuum pump. This prompted an idea to simply build a reverse ...
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Can I safely use a separatory funnel to extract the precipitate from a solution?

Can a separatory funnel be used to collect a precipitate, or would that risk clogging the stopcock on it? I'd like to recoup the precipitate for filtering without passing the entire solution through ...
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What are the components of a labware setup for short-path distillation?

I've recently become interested in short-path distillation and have found that most kits are in the thousands of dollars. So I thought that I would compile the labware myself. I understand the theory ...
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Can we use potassium iodide as pH meter electrode storage solution.? If not then why?

If KCl is not available can KI be used to store pH probe meters? Both are potassium salts.
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400–430 degrees Celsius heated bath

I want to perform a reaction which needs the temperature to be maintained between 400–430 °C. Since it's the only practical solution, I opted for a heated bath. I'm looking for a hydrocarbon fraction/...
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An unknown glassware piece from our cupboard

We have multiple of these. It is a small glass funnel with splits into 3 spouts from it. Now, we are thinking it might be similar to a cow receiver, however, I have never seen one this small or ...
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Unknown possibly handmade glassware- description in information below

Okay, Another random item from the cupboard (unknown users or discipline of life sciences unknown) could be anything up to 40 years old.... This appears to be a 2 neck quickfit adapter (B19 and B14) ...
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Unknown glassware please help, vshaped with a small bulb on one side, hollow but narrow to both sides!

Looking to try an identify some glassware we have found in a cupboard. This is just the start of it... 1 item here, v-shaped, small bulb but hollow, narrow entrance and exit...
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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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What's this glassware?

Can anybody tell me what this glassware with a stem, bulb and long tube is?
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Name of this glassware?

Could you tell me the name of this glassware? I found it in the laboratory with a label that says "container of stoichiometry", but I have not found more information about it, especially about the ...
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Standard for Chemistry Supplies [closed]

In searching for chemistry kits it often leads to stuff like this: I have seen some nicer "boxed sets" for the ~$500 range, but I don't think this is really ideal. This one looks a little nicer. I am ...
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How can I get this glass stopper out? Need troubleshooting!

I placed a glass stopper in a $\pu{100 mL}$ round bottom flask while my solution was still warm and let it cool overnight. Now I think I created a vacuum seal and I can’t force the stopper out to ...