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pH (or the potential of hydrogen) is a scale used to measure how acidic or basic an aqueous solution is.

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What is the pKa of the O-17 hydronium ion?

At low concentrations of a conjugate acid/base pair in aqueous solutions, the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation gives a good approximation of the ratio of acid and base: $$ \frac{[\ce{A-}]}{[\ce{AH}]} = ...
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What pH value of 1M sodium crotonate solution supposed to be?

I need to prepare the $\pu{1M}$ solution of sodium crotonate, however, I don't have one in lab, but I do have sodium hydroxide and crotonic acid. Thus, I calculated that for $\pu{100 mL}$ of $\pu{1M}$ ...
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Why does pKw first decrease but eventually increase when temperature rises?

I understand the initial decrease in pKw. $\ce{Heat + H2O (l) <=> H+ (aq) + OH- (aq)}$ Temperature increases, reaction shifts to the right, so $\ce{H+} \text{ and } \ce{OH}$ ...
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Slow acidification process

I'm trying to find a substitute of Glucono delta-lactone (GDL). This food additive is usually used to produce silk tofu. Because of its slow hydrolysis the pH decreases very smoothly, which results in ...
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Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide Catalysed by Potassium Iodide in Basic Solution

As part of my high school project, I had to measure the initial rate of decomposition of hydrogen peroxide catalysed by potassium iodide at different pHs. At higher pHs (alkaline conditions), I found ...
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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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Naming convention for buffer solutions/systems

Is there an official naming convention to follow for buffer solutions/systems? I've noticed that the name of the buffer usually just follows the name of the salt (ex. sodium acetate buffer), but what ...
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Reading and adjusting pH of reverse osmosis water

I grow things for a living and regularly use pH meters + strips to read and adjust the pH of various nutrient and pesticide solutions. Oftentimes, I have a need for nearly naked water with the pH ...
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Measuring [A-]/[HA-] with Buffer and Indicator

I'm very confused on how to calculate the [A-]/[HA] value, given the fact that my dilution series uses buffers at various pH values with the same indicator (supplied at the same concentration to each ...
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Calculating the ionic strength of a histidine solution

I'm trying to repeat the calculation of the ionic strength of a solution containing histidine as a buffer I recently read in a paper. In their paper, the authors calculate the ionic strength of a 20 ...
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What are the compounds in oxygen and carbon dioxide indicator solutions that gives their color?

My brother had some leftover oxygen and carbon dioxide indicator solution for one of his take-home experiments from school, so he let me have them. I want to use them for an experiment and write out ...
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How to control pH in a fermenter based on the acid produced by mircoorganism

I have got a bioreactor with an aqueous medium which produces biomass (yeast; S.cerevisiae) after inoculation. I am observing and collecting data over the whole process via probes/etc. on different ...
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Effects of gamma irradiation on pH buffer

Does anybody know if it is possible to gamma-irradiate a bottle of pH buffer to sterilise it? Are there any known effects (short-term or long-term) of the irradition process on the pH qualities of the ...
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How does a pH glass electrode work?

Every source I read mentions the potential difference building up at the glass membrane (according to the Nernst equation). But how is this difference actually measured? Sticking an electrode into a ...
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How can I preserve chlorophyll for long periods of time?

I'm currently working on a XIX century photographic process called Anthotype. It relies on organic colored substances that fade when exposed to sunlight. For the substances I've tried alcoholic ...
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What pH indicators are commonly used for non-polar medium?

Compounds, commonly used as pH-indicators, are soluble in aqueous media and polar solvents (DMSO, DMF, NMP etc.) and are functional pretty much across all these solvents. However, practically none ...
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How much hydrolysis will likely occur of the following bonds at pH 1-4 in the time period of 1-3 hours?

The bonds are: (I have given pictures of what I mean in case there's any ambiguity that I leave open in these questions. Also so that if you want to number the R groups you've got a head-start) ...
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Finding concentration and moles given final and initial pH

Questions: How many moles of $\ce{NaOH}$ are needed to change $500~\mathrm{L}$ of solution with $\mathrm{pH}\ 2$ to $\mathrm{pH}\ 11$? A swimming pool contains 2 million litres of water at $\mathrm{...
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Find the concentration of the HCl solution when mixed with 1.265g of ACES-K+

$\pu{1.265 g}$ of N-(2-acetamido)-2-aminoethanesulfonic acid potassium salt ($\ce{ACES^-K+}$, $M=\pu{220.29 g/mol}$) is dissolved in $\pu{88.42 mL}$ of water. $\pu{27.59 mL}$ of $\ce{HCl}$ is added to ...
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Positive charge on a zwitter ion at pH=7?

I faced this question. But I am having some problems understanding the solution to this: How can the negative charge on the peptide vanish on $\pu{pH = 7}$? Suppose, we have some $\ce{H+}$ donor on ...
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Assessing stability of protein used for interaction experiments after changing buffer from tris to HEPES

I have a protein with a theoretical $\mathrm{pI}~9.0$ currently stored in $\pu{25 mM}$ tris and $\pu{250 mM}$ $\ce{NaCl}$ $(\mathrm{pH}~8)$ at $\pu{−80 °C}.$ I need to do experiments in HEPES at $\...
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Alternative pH sensing methods?

I am looking for alternative methods to measure the pH of water (swimming pools, tap water, rivers,...) with (ideally) the following properties: Durable: no maintenance or calibration required for 5-...
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Water dissociation constant $K_w$ in vapour, or are there charges entities ($\ce{H3O+}$, $\ce{HO-}$,...) in water vapour?

When water is in vapour state, to which degree is there still some dissociation with the existence of charged species like $\ce{H3O+}$ and $\ce{HO-}$? (I would be interested by any reference to ...
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Is there any way to measure or otherwise quantify the extent of caramelization experimentally?

I've been trying to design an experiment where I want to compare the efficacy of caramelization of a monosaccharide under different pH conditions (the sugar would be placed in buffers of varying pH). ...
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How to compute a needed volume of solution to adjust to a target pH

I am a software engineer and I would like to solve a chemistry problem. I have revised the subject a bit to understand the basics :) My goal is to maintain a constant pH of a water tank (tap water). I ...
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DEG monobutyl ether pH change

We are using DEG monobutyl ether (CAS 112-34-5) in our production. Normally it is pH neutral, however suddenly we noticed that it has shifted to being acidic (pH=3.4). What has changed in the material?...
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Why are colloidal sol particles of acidic dyes negatively charged and basic dyes positively charged, when it should be the other way round?

From NCERT Class 12 Chemistry; Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi, India; January 2019; p. 136: Colloidal solutions of basic dyes like methylene blue are positively charged whereas colloidal solutions of ...
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Is lauryl glucoside stable in low pH?

I wish to use lauryl glucoside in the solution of citric acid. I tried to add it to 5% w/w solution of citric acid in water but after about 24h in the concoction which was previously clear I observed ...
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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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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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Acidity comparison on R-PO3H2

Question Compare the acidity $(K_\mathrm{a1})$ of the following three acids: $\ce{H3PO4},$ $\ce{Ph-PO(OH)2}$ and $\ce{H3C-PO(OH)2}.$ Thoughts These three acids are of type $\ce{R-PO3H2},$ where ...
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What is the pH and pKa relationship of LaCl3 in water and its precipitant La(OH)3?

In light of this question and its answers, I hope to get some insights into the $\mathrm{pH}$ of $\ce{LaCl3}$ in water and its $\mathrm{pH}$ relationship to $\ce{La(OH)3}$ precipitant's $\mathrm{p}K_\...
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Calculation of resultant pH

A solution with $\mathrm{pH}=4$ is mixed with a solution with $\mathrm{pH}=10$ in equal volumes. Calculate resultant $\mathrm{pH}$. Please note both solution consists of strong acids and/or bases i....
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Water values and water hardness

We have drinking water with the following values: Calcium mg/l 62.7 Magnesium mg/l 10.3 total hardness 7.) dH 11.1 Total hardness 7) mmol/l CaCO3 1,99 Carbonate hardness °dH 8.5 Hydrogen ion ...
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Alternatives to EDTA for calcium ion chelation

Are there any $\ce{Ca^2+}$ chelating agents (other than EDTA) that are as good as EDTA in terms of binding calcium ions and effective in a pH range of $5$ to $9$?
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Relationship of CO2 in water

We have an evaporative cooling system here at the power plant that uses city water. The water is pumped up and cascades down across a filter media cooling the intake air to the gas turbine. This is ...
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How fast does atmospheric carbon dioxide dissolve into strongly basic solution?

I'm conducting some pH measurements with solutions containing NaOH and I'm a bit concerned that carbon dioxide will dissolve and affect my measurements by lowering the pH according to the reaction: $$\...
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How to determine concentration limits of a buffer that's limited by solubility?

I need to maintain a certain range of % of ionisation from a buffer. For e.g. Histidine buffer. When making high concentration of this buffer at (say) pH 7.2, 25'C, [concentration] is limited to 75mM ...
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Potassium phosphate buffer + EDTA

Given 10 mM potassium phosphate buffer (pH = 7.0), 50 mM potassium propionate and 20 mM EDTA (acid). After addition of all 3 components pH becomes 4 since EDTA has 4 $\ce{OH}$ groups. How to ...
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Why is it difficult to measure the pH of environmental water samples accurately (near 7)?

I've read in several places (edit: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. 9, 10, 11, 12) that there are many practical factors that make accurate pH measurements of roughly neutral environmental water samples more ...
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How to slow/prevent corrosion of a steel post

I have a steel post set in limestone, about 18-20 inches deep, with some concrete around it. I just noticed that I have about 6 inches of water inside the post. The limestone had a small seam in it ...
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How does increasing ionic strength affect the pH of solution?

I'm having trouble interpreting the data for an experiment. With increasing ionic strength, I found lower solubility but also lower pH of the solution. What is the effect of the ionic strength on the ...
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Does water acidity affect sugar solubility?

For example, when making lemonade: will mixing sugar in water after adding lemon juice lead to a slower sugar dissolving rate, than if sugar were mixed in before adding lemon juice?
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Calculating the pH of buffer solution made of two salts of a polyprotic acid

When we are making a buffer solution by solutions of a weak acid and its salt like $\ce{CH3COOH}$ and $\ce{CH3COONa}$, or by a weak base and its salt like $\ce{NH3}$ and $\ce{NH4Cl}$, we can use the ...
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pH and solute solubility in waste mixed water

I was reading a module on waste management. There were two interesting points. High pH results in higher solubility of $\ce{CN-}$. I understand that for HCN: $$\ce{HCN ->H+ + CN-}$$ Higher pH ...
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Effect of protein hydrophobicity on metal interaction

I'm studying how metals and proteins interact (metal-protein complexes). I've found that almost all proteins could bind with metal at higher $\mathrm{pH}$ values, but also found some proteins showed ...
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pH, conc vs activity

After studying a somewhat overview of "gamma" activity coefficient (it is not actually in our course but may come in exam as a part of unknown paragraph in ionic equilibrium) I can understand most ...
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How to calculate concentrations when dissolving two salts?

Some solid silver bromate was dissolved together with solid silver acetate what would be the highest achievable pH? \begin{align} K_\mathrm{sp}(\ce{AgBrO3}) &= 5.38 \times 10^{-5}\\ K_\mathrm{sp}...
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Buffer capacity of different types of milk

Currently I am tasked with designing an experiment that that I will have to perform in 2-4 weeks, but I don't have to decide on on a topic soon. I was thinking of performing an acidometric titration (...
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pH meter and paraformaldehyde

We have had an ongoing debate in our lab and several bad pH electrodes. I would like to ask the following question Do paraformaldehyde soloutions (2-4% w/v) damage pH meter electrodes? If so, why?
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