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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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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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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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Why does saline have a pH of 5.5?

I am a physician and administer 0.9% NaCl in water ("normal saline") to patients frequently. The bag says it has a pH of 5.5 (compared to the human body of 7.4). I am asking why the pH is so low. It ...
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How does pH affect the degradation of ascorbic acid (vitamin C)?

I know that vitamin C degrades over time (as I understand through oxidation). However, I am having trouble understanding how changing the pH of the solution in which the vitamin C is affects the rate ...
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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 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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Help with idea for an optical ph sensor

I am experimenting at home with the idea of making an optical ph sensor that can read the colour of ph indicator using photodiodes. I am wondering if there is some kind of ion permeable membrane ...
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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 $\...
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Find the concentration of the HCl solution when mixed with 1.265g of ACES-K+

$1.265\ \mathrm g$ of N-(2-acetamido)-2-aminoethanesulfonic acid potassium salt (ACES-K+, $M=220.29\ \mathrm{g/mol}$) is dissolved in $88.42\ \mathrm{mL}$ of water. $27.59\ \mathrm{mL}$ of $\ce{HCl}$ ...
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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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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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Confusion regarding calculating the pH of a salt of weak acid and weak base

I need to calculate the $\mathrm{pH}$ of a salt of weak acid and weak base in an aqueous solution. Method I used for calculation For a salt of weak acid and weak base (assuming complete dissociation ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Isoelectric point pH, mV, for a metal oxide nanopowder

I'm trying to make a solution of $\ce{TiO2}$ that will coat stuff in as dense a monolayer as possible. To do so, I'm using nano sized $\ce{TiO}$ particles and trying to get them to get as close to ...
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Measuring or calculating the pH of 4M NaOH? I prepared the solution in Milli Q water

I prepared $4\ \mathrm{M}$ solution of $\ce{NaOH}$, and the glass electrode I use cannot measure it the $\mathrm{pH}$ correctly. What are the other options do I have to exactly know the solution's $\...
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pKa of Tris corrected for ionic strength

I have a question regarding the molar fraction calculation of Tris buffer at different temperatures. Tris dissociates according to the following equation: $$\ce{Tris + H2O -> Tris+ + OH-}$$ So, ...
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Calculating amount of base needed to achieve a specific pH in a mixed ethanol-water solvent

I'm looking for some way to calculate how much base I will need to add to an unbuffered solvent consisting of a mixture of ethanol and water in order to basify it to a specific reading (10) on an a pH ...
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Why might litmus paper and universal indicator give conflicting pH readings in an acid-carbonate reaction?

The resulting neutralised (which wasn't actually neutralised due to not realising CaCO3's insolubility) solution between Hydrochloric Acid and Calcium Carbonate, as per balanced equation CaCO₃ + 2HCl ...
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Measuring pH in ferric oxalate solutions

I have a problem with measuring $\mathrm{pH}$ in ferric oxalate solutions ($\sim 5~\text{to}~\pu{10 g L-1}$ $\ce{Fe},$ $\pu{0.8 M}$ oxalic acid, $\pu{25 °C}$). While I am sure about the $\mathrm{pH}$-...
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Why is the pH level of carbonation loss decreasing then increases afterwards?

We have done an experiment of the titration of unsealed sprite soda to find the amount of carbonic acid being loss on various duration (0 to 1 hour), due to decrease pressure. The calculation was to ...
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Do TDS meters measure HCO₃⁻/CO₃²⁻?

I am trying to add $\pu{2 g}$ of $\ce{KHCO3}$ to $\pu{20 L}$ of RO water $(\mathrm{pH} = 5.2)$ which theoretically it will add $$ \begin{array}{lr} \hline \ce{K+} &\pu{10.32 ppm} \\ \ce{HCO3-} &...
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Is it possible to raise pH in RO water without Na, Mg, K, Ca, S addition?

Maybe the question in the title is simple (=stupid) and the answer is 'simple No' but I have the urge to ask. Some background, I have an aquarium which I use RO water and I use some portions of $\ce{...
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Impact of pH? Change in Binding Affinity of protein-ligand complex based on pH and Kd?

When the $\mathrm{pH}$ was $5.0$, the temperature was $\pu{25 °C}$,the $K_\mathrm{D}$ was $\pu{5 μM}$, and [L] was equal to $K_D$, the protein(s) were half bound. If $K_\mathrm{D} = \pu{20 μM}$ ...
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Why is maximum buffer capacity for some diprotic buffers not when pH = pKa?

According to Rajkovic et al. [1]: $$β = \frac{[\ce{H+}]}{K_\mathrm{w}} + 2.303\cdot\frac{[\ce{H+}]\cdot K_\mathrm{a}\cdot c}{[\ce{H+}] + K_\mathrm{a}}$$ where $K_\mathrm{a}$ is the ...
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Understanding how the definitions of pH and activity are compatible

At $T=\pu{25 ^\circ C}$ and $P=\pu{1bar}$, the density of water is $\pu{0.997 kg L-1}$. Neglecting nonideality of the mixture $\ce{H2O(l), H+}$ and $\ce{OH-}$ (all activity coefficients are close to $...
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Calculating the pH of a weak acid from the Kb of its conjugate base

I'd start off by saying it's been many years since I was in chemistry lessons and have forgotten much, but recently I have had to relearn a lot of basic chemistry. The following doesn't really impede ...
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Does negative pH mean it is a stronger acid than one with positive pH?

I've searched this site but I don't think this has been asked yet. Does negative pH indicate a stronger acid than a positive pH (since it's further down the scale)? I'm asking this because in one of ...
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Is endpoint pH concentration dependent? Choosing an acid/base indicator

We use titrations to determine analyte concentrations with a standardized titrant and an acid/base indicator, BUT how do we choose the indicator? It is my understanding that indicators are supposed to ...
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Henderson-Hasselbalch approximation

The Henderson-Hasselbalch approximation gives us a method to approximate the pH of a buffer solution. The basic equation is as follows: $$\mathrm{pH} \approx \mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a} + \log\dfrac{\ce{[...
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Why does [H3O+] of a buffer change very slightly when diluted?

I am confused as to why the [H3O+] of a buffer changes very slightly when diluted (at least in an intuitive sense). Consider: $\ce{HNO2 + H2O <=> H3O+ + NO2-}$ [$\ce{HNO2}$] = 0.45 M and [$\...
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pH at different concentrations

In making gummies with pectin, the pH is very important and needs to be at or below 3.4. USP indicates dissolving it in a 10% solution to test the pH, while some use a 50% solution. I'm told the ...
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Can buffers regulate the pH, or do they just smooth out pH bumps?

Hydrogen carbonate can react with hydrogen ions to create carbonic acid which degrades into water and carbon dioxide that can be exhaled or excreted otherwise. That lowers the pH, yes. However, in ...