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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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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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Is pH in a charged hydrogel and its supernatant solution constant?

Let us assume we deal with ideal systems without interactions. The gel phase and the supernatant solution phase are in thermodynamic equilibrium. The supernatant solution shall consist of different ...
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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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How to measure chlorine content using ORP sensor?

In my project I need to measure pH, turbidity, and chlorine level of treated drinking water. I found sensors for measuring pH, turbidity, and also chlorine. The actual problem begins is that the cost ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hydrochloric acid substitute in an Iron-gall ink solution

Recently I started experimenting with making my own ink to be used in fountain pens. I was wondering if hydrochloric acid in an iron-gall ink is used to prevent sediment ONLY by lowering the pH of ...
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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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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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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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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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Tap water pH adjustment using citric acid

I've lowered tap water pH from 7 to 6 using citric acid. After couple of hours pH raised again to 7. What is the reason for this raise? Citric acid overcomes waters buffering feature then raise the $...
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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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MgO as food supplement - solubility in water

A number of magnesium food / sports supplements contain it as MgO - which is practically unsoluble in water. The recommended quantity is somewhere around .3g / day, so not an insignificant amount. How ...
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pH Dependency of IR Stretching Frequency in CO-binded Heme Protein

If one consumes CO, then CO binds with Heme Protein forming a Fe-CO bond. My question is if there will be any pH dependency on IR Stretching Frequency, i.e. ν(CO) and ν(Fe-CO). And if there is, then ...
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How does flocculation in paint work?

I recently learned that you can clean up latex paint wash-up water by flocculating it: adding aluminum sulfate and hydrated lime. I vaguely remember how flocculation works in clay slurries (change in ...
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Why is aqueous solution of lauyl glucoside alkaline?

What is the reaction of dissociation of lauryl glucoside? It's aqueous solution pH is much higher than 7, it's definately alkaline. Why is that? It's nonionic surfactant and as far as I know it only ...
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Is it possible to make a solution of zinc oxide in a high school chemistry lab?

As part of my IB Chemistry curriculum, we are required to conduct our own experiment researching our own question. I'm in the preliminary research phase and wanted to conduct an experiment looking at ...
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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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pH indicator that will fluoresce under UV light

I'm interested in a pH indicator that will strongly fluoresce under a typical black light that anyone could buy. I want to use an acid base reaction to get an idea of how fast two liquids mix in a ...
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How to clean pocket pH meter before storage?

Hello. I read about different methods how to clean this specific(attached photo)pocket pH meter before storage and i can't figure out what is the right way. One method says to stir the pH meter(...
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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_\...