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Material is a general term for a chemical substance or a mixture of substances with certain, well defined physical properties.

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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 does graphite content affect the conductivity of pencil lead?

My peers and I started an experiment to test whether we could use the conductivity of a piece of pencil lead to determine its grade (that is, whether it is 2H, HB, 3B etc.). The paper Observational ...
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Thermophysical properties of liquid Galden LS 230 between 25 °C and 230 °C

I'm looking for thermophysical properties of Galden LS 230, a liquid polymer (PFPE) produced by Solvay (https://www.solvay.com/en/markets-and-products/featured-products/Galden.html) at temperatures ...
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Difference between neutral and basic activated alumina

Sigma Aldrich sells two different types of activated alumina for column chromatography: neutral and basic. Apparently basic alumina is more active and better at adsorbing anions. Why is this the ...
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What does "acidic" mean in an article on hydrogen boride nanosheets?

From Rojas et al. [1] (emphasis mine): On the other hand, we found that proton exchange with HB occurs in water with the estimated $\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}$ of $3.5\pm 0.2,$ even after reactive sites ...
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Why is reported effective pore size smaller that the one declared in the name of the molecular sieve type X?

The molecular sieve type is often coded with <number><letter> combination, where <number> specifies the pore ...
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Consumer Report for Lab Equipment

I'm just wondering if anybody here knows of a Consumer-Report-like publication for lab equipment. Something that would give the specifics, as, for example, the flow rate of a distilling condenser, etc....
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Action of Fuller's Earth on Marble and Limestone

Using Fuller's earth is a very common and harmless way to treat marble and limestone that has been damaged/corroded by atmostpheric pollutants such as PM2.5/PM10 carbon particles (Soot) , Oxides of ...
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How does the surface to volume ratio of ions and their distribution in solution compare to that of suspended nanoparticles in nanofluids?

I am interested in understanding the heat transfer capabilities of fluids. Nano-fluids are suspensions of nanoparticles (1-100nm sized particles) in a base fluid, often water, oil or glycol. These ...
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C60 Fullerene Polymers?

Upon scouring Wikipedia for info about fullerenes to research, I came across this paragraph in the page on Buckminsterfullerene (C60): Under high pressure and temperature, repeated [2+2] ...
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Formic acid and carbon monoxide outgassing from latex mattress

Formic acid is used as a coagulant to turn rubber tree sap into latex, formic acid also decomposes to carbon monoxide. Does this mean things like latex mattresses have the potential to off-gas carbon ...
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Material that acts as a "sponge" for sulfuric acid?

I would like help with a materials problem I am looking into that pertains to a product I would like to develop. What I seek is some kind of substrate that acts like blotter paper does. Ideally, the ...
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A surface with variable roughness

As you may know, wettability is a characteristic of each surface which determines what the contact angle would be when a droplet is put on the surface (see here for more info). Surface roughness has a ...
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How to minimize surface adsorption by choice of material?

I need to do buoyancy experiments in vapours consisting of organic molecules in air using a microbalance. This involves measuring the change in weight of a sealed glass sphere when exposed to the gas. ...
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Electrical properties of 2D materials

This is regarding to the newly-discovered 2-D materials that can support electron flow, such as phosphorene and transition metal dichalcogenides. How do they conduct electricity? I also read that ...
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What material is an Inkjet transparent printing film (slide) made of?

I don't mean photographic film/film base but rather the A4/Letter sheets of transparent film that were used in slide projectors during lectures. For example see this.
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Negative absorption coefficient

What does a negative absorption coefficient mean? In detail - I participated in a Synchrotron virtual laboratory. I have to analyze the results and understand what a negative absorption coefficient ...
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Should I use DMA or tensile and compressive testing?

I have some polymer based samples (the exact composition is proprietary) that were additively manufactured, however the sample amount is severely limited so I'm limited on the amount of material ...
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A durable rubber type material that can flex easily but return to its original shape very fast

I'm looking for a durable rubber type of material for a guitar pick holder. The material I'm looking for will need to have flexibility to pick individual notes of a guitar, but needs to return to its ...
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CVD MoS2 always get many particles/stuff on the surface, what is problem?

The $\ce{MoO3}$ and $\ce{SiO2}$ substrate is placed in the center of furnace and sulfur boat is in the upstream out of the furnace. In a general growth: $\approx \pu{2 mg}$ $\ce{MoO3}$ and $\approx \...
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Do contiguous monolayer aromatic structures retain the same magnetic susceptibility as the core constituents?

As the synthesis of Porphyrin monolayer strips is achievable, retaining the core aromaticity of the tetrapyrrole; does it still retain the same value of magnetic susceptibility of porphyrin? Does this ...
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Differing number average molecular weight results for 1HNMR, MALDI and GPC of a polymer

I have been given 1HNMR, MALDI-ToF-MS and GPC spectra for a laboratory synthesized sample of polycaprolactone. The number average molecular weight (Mn) obtained from their analysis differed ...
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Is mixing silicone oil with other types of oil safe?

I'm looking to lubricate some nylon gears in a servo motor, and online sources tell me silicone lubricants are one of the best ways to go. However, when I opened up the servo, I found that it already ...
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Non-conducting substance with a glass transition temperature around 400 to 600 °C?

Am looking for a substance to seel two pieces of ceramic that will have molten plastics flowing between at 300+ °C however silver solder circuit traces inside the device prevent me from going much ...
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Why upon melting of PEO between crossed polars colours appear?

Crystalline PEO when under crossed polars shows distinct Maltese cross pattern. Being birefringent, when polymer crystal align with the polarizer or analyser it shows extinction regions (effect known ...
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Platinum-carbon calayst in autoclave

Is it safe to treat platinum-carbon catalyst in an autoclave at 200 °C for 24 h in inert (nitrogen) atmosphere? If no, can you suggest safety measures?
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Which transparent plastic to use for electrolysis of dilute sulphuric acid

I plan to do an experiment which involves the electrolysis of dilute sulfuric acid (1 M or 1 mol/L). I would like to carry it out in a long transparent plastic container (easier to handle and clean). ...
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Which material are piezoelectric buzzers made of?

Which material are these buzzers made of? Does it depend on the manufacturer or they all are made of the same material? The Wikipedia page does not say anything about the material. I found some ...
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How can we conduct reactions for insoluble materials?

I am working on metal organic polydehra topic to synthesize new metal-organic cages or other based frameworks. I want to conduct postsynthetic modification for one cage, but the solubility is very ...
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Where can I look for a short chain photopolymer?

I am by no means an expert in this field, so please be patient with my explanation. I am looking for a photopolymer with very specific properties. I am not sure how realistic it is to find such a ...
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Study long term properties of two polymers

This is a material-science question, and I didn't know where else to put it. I (and two others) are mechanical engineering students and are starting a bachelor's thesis which involves some material ...
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How can I extract cellulose in plants using acids?

Me and my classmates are doing a research project about the extraction of nano cellulose from plants to form a biocomposite, which can be a material to form an effective biodegradable material. We've ...
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Composition of carbon rods in alkaline batteries

The carbon rods in batteries look somewhat similar to graphite, but they do not leave a significant mark on paper. What form of carbon are they? Are they simply just graphite with a large amount of ...
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Behaviour of oleophobic and hydrophobic object in an oil and water solution

I am wondering what would happen if I put a small (between $\mathrm{5mm}$ and $\mathrm{1\mu}$, density between $\mathrm{1}$ and $\mathrm{2\: g/mL}$) item with both oleophobic and hydrophobic ...
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Is there a specific chemical property or concept that explains/predicts the triboelectric series?

Is there a chemical property (perhaps electron affinity?) that can be used to predict where a substance would fall in a triboelectric series such as this one? Or would the cause of the charge ...
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Fermi Level of an alloy

How could one calculate the Fermi level of a copper-nickel alloy? They are both structurally face-centered cubic, however how would this structure affect the Fermi level of the individual atom or the ...
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How to distinguish open-pored polymer foam and foam with closed pores?

I was looking at two foam materials, where I had expected one to have closed pores. Unfourtunately, the microscope was showing the upper layer of cut cells the same in both cases with no indication ...
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Is there a porous thin material that will cool a stream of air passed through it to an even cooler temperature on the other side?

Is there a porous thin material (e.g. filter paper, membrane) that will cool a stream of air passed through it to an even cooler temperature on the other side? If this material is absorbent, could ...
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How paper-tag survive in the dry-cleaning process?

This prevent the clothes from being ruined by ink on the paper tag. To put the garments attached with this paper through the whole process of dry-cleaning, I have the questions listed below paper ...
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Is superglue a good thermal insulator?

How good of a thermal insulator is superglue compared to other materials like ceramics, plastics, and metals? I know this might not seem like a chemistry question, but I was hoping someone here could ...
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Suitable coating material for protection of sensors

I'm building a moisture/temperature sensor for outdoor use in soil. It uses capacitive sensing for moisture and an NTC thermistor for the temperature. It's going to be used for vegetables so food ...
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Thermoplastics crystallization during nonisothermal cooling cycles

I have tested a PAEK family polymer using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) with heating-cooling-heating cycles under different cooling rates (heating rates remained unchanged). PAEK are semi-...
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Better Way for Crushing Coconut into 500 mesh Coal for Carbonization

I am planning to use coconut as a raw material for carbonization, but I need to crush it into 500 mesh coal. Currently, I am using a mortar and pestle to grind the coconut shell into a fine powder, ...
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Why can we use the arrhenius equation to measure the number of vacancies in a material?

In a materials science video I was watching today the prof. said we could use the arrhenius equation to estimate the number of vacancy point defects in a material. And gave the following equation: Nv =...
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Is polycarbonate resistant to extremely cold temperatures?

I am working on a project which involves the use of polycarbonate. Polycarbonate is quite a new material to me as I haven't worked with it yet. I want to know its characteristics in detail, as it ...
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Is there a stretchable, transparent polymer like PDMS, but not so hydrophobic?

I'm looking for something like PDMS, but not as hydrophobic. I'm trying to form 2d crystals using the surface tension of an evaporating droplet to organize microspheres into an ordered array. PDMS ...
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Is this plastic clip made of polypropylene or polyethylene?

I am trying to re-attach an automotive clip (painted plastic with a yellow (epoxy?) hard adhesive backing) which secures a trim piece back onto the vehicle's roof sheet metal (unpainted (primed?) area)...
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How do dielectric molecules in a liquid phase align when polarized?

As seen in the diagram, when a dielectric material becomes electrically polarized, the molecules align themselves in a manner where the respective charges are parallel to each other horizontally. ...
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Are oxides of sulphur and carbon adsorbed into limestone/marble?

Oxides of sulphur and carbon are commonly present in the atmostphere in areas close to industries, can such oxides get adsorbed into the surface of limestone and marble and cause discolouration and ...
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Passivation of metals in acids

It is commonly taught in chemistry textbooks that metals such as $\ce{Fe, Al, Cr}$ is "passivated" in cold concentrated $\ce{H2SO4}$ and $\ce{HNO3}$ due to them forming oxide films on the ...
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