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How did Sinclair Oil put "liquid nickel" into gasoline, and what were the chemical mechanism(s) by which it was supposed to reduce engine wear?

The April 22, 2022 Veritasium video The Man Who Accidentally Killed The Most People In History is worth a watch, and was the basis for the question Why would tellurium + sodium hydroxide have worked ...
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What is the purpose of the reflux ratio for solvent extraction?

Not distillation If I understand it correctly, in my example, one has two components, A and B, starting at the "feed" in the aqueous phase. They get both extracted in the mixer settler, but ...
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Production of town gas

Town gas contains quite a lot of chemicals. Based on my research, the order of abundance of its constitutes is hydrogen, carbon monoxide, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, gaseous naphtha and oxygen, if ...
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The contact process

In the contact process, concentrated sulphuric acid instead of water is used to absorb the sulphur trioxide gas produced.One of the reasons suggested online is that the reaction between sulphur ...
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Is chemistry finally seeing the end of the Haber-Bosch nitrogen fixation process?

Do recent developments in alternatives to the Haber process for nitrogen fixation have good prospect of replacing it? Some recent headlines have suggested that the century-old Haber process for ...
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Why would tellurium + sodium hydroxide have worked as a good anti-knock gasoline additive (if it wasn't so smelly)?

The April 22, 2022 Veritasium video The Man Who Accidentally Killed The Most People In History mentions several aspects of the historical use of tetra-ethyl lead in gasoline, the resulting widespread ...
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