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Why do alpha-hydroxy ketones respond positively to Tollens', Fehling's, Benedict's, Schiff's and HgCl2 tests?

I learnt from a certain textbook that aldehydes and formic acid respond positively to Tollens', Fehling's, Benedict's, Schiff's and HgCl2 tests. However, in another textbook I read that even alpha-...
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Is there a structured data source containing information on the World Health Organisation's Stability Testing Policies?

Hoping to automate some product testing guidance software, I've been attempting to find a (hopefully live, up-to-date) Database, Web-service, or other structured data source containing the ...
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Calculation of Atomic weight percentage in AAS

I am currently doing doping studies in a system similar to this ($\ce{A_{x}B_{1-x}}$) and I have to find atomic weight percentage of $\ce{B}$ element using atomic absorption spectroscopy(AAS). I have ...
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Quantitative Transfer of Volatile Standards

(Edited w/ updates) Okay, long story short I work in a lab which has been working on cannabinoid analysis (in the licensed Canadian market) and have had a lot of issues surrounding the standards/...
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Can I make Ferrofluid without evaporating Ammonium?

I want to make ferrofluid, which is ferromagnetic particles suspended in a carrier fluid. Three methods I have seen involve using magnetic ink (for MICR codes), cassette tapes, or ferric chloride as ...
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How to get defect-energy level diagram from PL data

I am reading this article Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. , 2011, 13, 14902-14905 and seen that the authors have drawn a image of defect level using PL data Can you explain me how this diagram can be drawn ...
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Role of pH in azo C-coupling reaction, continued

In the question, "What is the role of pH in azo coupling reaction of diazonium with phenol and aniline?" asked by @DhrubaBanerjee and answered by @Klaus-DieterWarzecha, I find several ends ...
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What is the fabric in heating mantles made of?

An ordinary lab heating mantle often has a white fabric coating for the flask compartment, which looks like an inorganic fiber: Image source I'm pretty sure that for some time in the past ...
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How would you measure the rate of this SN1 reaction?

I am performing the following $\mathrm{S_N1}$ reaction: $$\ce{t-BuOH + HCl -> t-BuCl + H2O}$$ I would also like to measure the rate of this reaction, but I cannot seem to find a way. I initially ...
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Will the sulfur-iodine cycle and Haber Method work at lower pressures and temperatures?

I have a year-long research project next year in my senior year of high school, in which we have to make some product or prototype to solve some issue. My interest was in the Liquid Fluoride ...
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Distilling milligram quantities of oil like it's late 1970s

In a currently retracted* manuscript by Tomas Hudlicky [1, Retraction Watch] the following has been noted: Fifty years ago professors took an active part in all laboratory instructions and they ...
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The open circuit voltage of a battery: Does it decrease with increase in pH of electrolyte while the voltage across a load increase?

Why does the open circuit voltage of a battery decrease with increase in $\mathrm{pH}$ of electrolyte, but the voltage across a load increase? I tested a cell which had aluminum sulfate as its anode ...
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Tables/database/literature of specific or optical rotation

I'm looking for a comprehensive reference of experimental specific rotation or optical rotation data. It can be a published literature review, a free web database with API access or one that permits ...
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Does phosphoric acid remove stainless steel electropolished layer?

Electropolished stainless steel has a high corrosion resistance due to the oxide film that is created during electropolishing. The film mainly consist of chromium(III) oxide. Phosphoric acid is ...
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Linear PEI Solution Making

I'm making a solution with linear poly(ethyleneimine) $\ce{[CH2CH2NH]_{n}}$. The bottle indicates that the substance is hygroscopic and must be dealt with under inert gas. Is this really necessary? ...
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Finding theoretical mechanism of sodium thiosulphate and hydrochloric acid

In class we conducted an experiment where we timed reactions between sodium thiosulphate and hydrochloric acid. We kept the concentration of the $\ce{HCl}$ constant, while changing the concentrations ...
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How to experimentally determine the dissociation energy (electronegativity) between identical atoms?

I was reading on Wikipedia about how Pauling electronegativities are determined through $$ \vert \chi_\ce{A} - \chi_\ce{B} \vert = \sqrt{E_\mathrm{d}(\ce{AB}) - \frac{E_\mathrm{d}(\ce{AA}) + E_\mathrm{...
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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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Why are NBr3 and NI3 unstable, but NF3 is stable?

Why are NBr3 and NI3 unstable, but NF3 is stable? Is there any reasoning behind the stability? I found that one nitrogen can accommodate fluorine easily, but not the others. Also, I don't understand ...
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Reduction of vanadyl ion

I want to reduce vanadyl to vanadium (III), can somebody please suggest some appropriate methods for it? I am trying to make a redox flow battery for a project but I have only vanadyl sulfate.
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Why is the Suzuki coupling done under inert atmosphere?

There are plenty of sources saying that the Suzuki coupling is air-sensitive (even though there are some versions that require oxygen). However I'd like to know why a typical Suzuki coupling is air-...
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Why does my drierite turn bright bright blue, instead of pink?

Drierite a brand name of a commonly-used, calcium sulfate-based dessicant in many chemistry labs. The lab I work in has a dessicator box we use to store hygroscopic materials. It isn't a a true dry ...
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Why is the experimental pH of vinegar (acetic acid) so much higher than expected?

I bought some sodium hydroxide on Amazon and went about titrating solutions I make with it. As I'm an amateur chemist at home, I have limited tools. A pad of paper, some 5% acetic acid vinegar, and ...
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membrane for a reverse osmosis desalination experiment

We are second year cram schoolers , we are currently working on a project tackling water desalination by reverse osmosis and are required to do an experience. During the process, we encountered some ...
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Does Glycerol give silver mirror test with Tollen's Reagent?

I did an experiment in my school lab in which we had to identify the given organic compound. In my Lab Manual, it's written: Take 2 ml of Tollen's Reagent and add a few drops of organic sample. ...
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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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Extrapolating from a calorimetry lab to find a new delta T with different volumes and grams of substance

So, we just finished an AP chem lab where the question was basically: Given the results of the lab were that $\pu{5 grams}$ of $\ce{CaCl2}$ and $\pu{45ml}$ of water produced a $\pu{13.33 ^\circ C}$ ...
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What is a good solvent for pentacene?

I am doing an experiment with pentacene molecule ($\ce{C22H14}$). I want to clean my sample reservoir after using it. But I show in some literature that it is slightly soluble in organic solvent. ...
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Waterproofing and recycling paper

I've recently begun studying about waterproofing paper. Through what I learned is that the reason why paper absorbs water so easily is mainly because of it's material composition. Paper is generally ...
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How can I test fruits and vegetables for certain insecticides?

I live in Turkey and I don't feel safe eating the fruits and vegetables that I enjoy that are plentiful here. After reading this article, I have been washing all fruits and vegetables with water and ...
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Should I add more of a trihydrate chemical to a solution if recipe calls for hemihydrate?

I am running phosphate by the ascorbic acid method (SM 4500-PE, PDF), and making the antimony potassium tartrate reagent. Standard methods uses $\pu{1.3715 g}$ of $\ce{K(SbO)C4H4O6 * 1/2 H2O}$ per $\...
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Expedient phosponium synthesis (for Wittig)

I have been making ethyltriphenylphosphonium bromide (somewhat of a time crunch, would have used iodoethane instead of bromoethane if we didn't have to wait for it). All the syntheses I see of Wittig ...
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Selectivity of Zinin Reduction

What is it, that makes the Zinin Reduction a selective reduction, and not a complete reduction, in the case of dinitrobenzenes? Also, is the reaction a selective one even when it is done for aliphatic ...
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Oxidation of dihydropyridine

This is a step in a experiment I have carried out. Usually DDQ (dichlorodicyanoquinone) would be used here to oxidise the dihydropyridine. However in this case Nitric Acid is being used as the ...
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Experimentally proving the mechanism and rate laws of SN1 & SN2 reactions

I have been given the task of experimentally proving the rate laws and mechanisms of $\mathrm{S_N1}$ and $\mathrm{S_N2}$ reactions. Unfortunately, the only equipment I can use is limited to analytical ...
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Role of hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide in isolation of citric acid from lemon juice

I'm trying to extract citric acid from squeezed lemons. After studying the subject, I found a lab manual [1, p. 68]: ISOLATION OF CITRIC ACID Reagents: Lemon juice (ca. $\pu{100 mL}$ – 3 lemons) $\...
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An alternate purification process for sugar separation form bee honey?

Bee honey contains 75% sugars (Fructose, Glucose, Maltose, Sucrose and others), some water and low amount of different compounds (up to 5%) Wiki. Basic purification is done by addition of phosphoric ...
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What causes the yellowing of the linear alkylbenzene (LAB) cocktail?

In our lab, we use the liquid linear alkylbenzene (LAB) cocktail mixed with 2g/L 2,5 diphe-nyloxazole (PPO) as the organic scintillator for radiation detection. The new LAB cocktails are stored in the ...
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Synthesizing monodisperse PbS quantum dots

For a research project, I am trying to synthesize lead (II) sulfide quantum dots using the method of Li et al.. I am injecting sulfur dissolved in 1-octadecene into a mixture of $\ce{PbO}$, oleic ...
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How can I store reagent under inert gas?

I need to store some aliquots of 2,3,5-tribromothiophene. I searched for how to store reagent under inert gas, And I found this : https://avantilipids.com/tech-support/faqs/protect-from-oxidation In ...
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Purification of Buchwald-Hartwig amination

I am conducting a synthesis involving Buchwald-Hartwig amination. I use $\ce{Pd2(dba)3}$, $\ce{P(o-tol)3}$, and $\ce{Et3N}$ as base. In many proposed mechanisms, they often omit the precatalyst. I ...
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Why neglecting Bradford Solution Volume in the assay?

I would like to know why do we not need to take account of Bradford agent solution in dilution calculation? For example, $\pu{2.5 \mu g mL-1}$ BSA will calculate from $\pu{0.4 \mu L}$ of $\pu{1 mg mL-...
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Can color-changing leuco dyes be used to indicate when a certain molecule binds to another in a textile fabric?

Thermochromic leuco dyes change color when the temperature changes. I want to use leuco dyes to make a color-changing fabric. However, instead of using temperature to induce color changes, I want the ...
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Extract seaweed iodine from petroleum ether and cyclohexane

I'm working on iodine extraction from seaweed by using petroleum ether and cyclohexane. I have already observe the presence of iodine in the solution but I don't know how to extract the iodine in a ...
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Safety concerns (Cyanide): Dicyandiamide + Polyamine condensation reaction

I am attempting to synthesize a poly-amine polymer by condensation between dicyandiamide (also known as cyanoguanidine and dicyandiamine) and diethyltriamine. The polymer is a kind of dye fixative ...
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Which acetate salt is blue and turns yellow when dissolved in water?

***Update Some questions I am considering to try to answer this question; When dissolving the powder in acetic acid, which ions are present? From what I've read, I haven't found any acetate salts ...
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Molar ratios not leading to complete reaction in Schweizer's reagent production

In my home lab, I've reacted $\ce{Cu(OH)2}$ with aqueous ammonia to produce Schweizer's reagent. However, I'm surprised by the amount of ammonia required to react with this amount of $\ce{Cu(OH)2}$. ...
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Why is this scintillator component turning into a milky-white emulsion?

I am a chemistry and physics double major doing some chemistry work in a nuclear physics lab. My mentor is a physicist, so his area of expertise is occasionally mismatched with what I need for my ...
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Is this a viable method for graphene production?

In a cup of warm water add sugar until it no longer dissolves then add a few spoonfuls more of sugar. Drop in a small amount of graphite powder into the sugar water mixture. Stir it up well. There ...
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Why is the silver nitrate chemical test more favorable than that of sodium iodide?

Two tests to determine the presence of alkyl chlorides are the silver nitrate in 1% ethanol and sodium iodide in 15% acetone tests. These two tests both produce a precipitate when added to chloride ...

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