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Questions tagged [reference-request]

This tag is for questions looking for a single specific, or a small number of (citable) references.

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Order of acid-carbonate reactions [on hold]

For an assignment I am investigating the reaction $$\ce{MCO3 + 2HCl -> H2O + CO2 + MCl2}$$ where M is a group 2 metal and zinc. I am investigating changes in the rate of reaction and for that I ...
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Storing hydrofluoric acid before the invention of plastics

The first person to synthesize hydrofluoric acid in large quantities was Carl Wilhelm Scheele in 1771. This acid is known for its ability to corrode glass and metals. What materials were the ...
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Is isobutyl chloride or ethyl chloride more reactive in an SN1 reaction?

Compare the rate of $\mathrm{S_N1}$ reaction in the following compounds: We see that both compounds form primary carbocations. However, there is more hyperconjugation in the second compound as ...
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Which of these chlorides is more reactive? [duplicate]

We do learn that for $\mathrm{S_N1}$ reaction the rates are tertiary > secondary > primary > methyl. The reasons mentioned are usually inductive and hyper-conjugative effect. But which of the ...
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How to determine omitted units in a publication

I have found a 1954 paper in J. Am. Chem. Soc. which gives various temperatures in degrees but does not specify units. A snippet of the introduction is: Titanium reacts appreciably with fluorine ...
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How to get the second electron affinity of tellurium?

I need the value of the second electron affinity of Te, i.e. the energy change associated with the attachment of an electron to a $\ce{Te-}$ anion $$\ce{Te- + e- -> Te^{2-}}$$ In the books (e.g. J. ...
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Kb values of N,N-dimethylaniline derivatives [closed]

I need the $K_\mathrm{b}$ values for ortho-, meta- and para- positions of the following compounds: I've looked and couldn't find them anywhere.
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Melting point of aspirin, contradicting sources

Querying wolfram alpha for the melting point of aspirin (link) returns $\pu{140 °C}$. The Wikipedia page for Aspirin lists $\pu{136 °C}$ instead, citing this book. How am I supposed to know which ...
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Is there any book or text where ionic radius of elements are given?

So my research has me looking for ionic radius characterization. If anyone could post any link or give the name of any book where ionic radius of all elements are given that would be really great?
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Equilibrium constant for complex cobalt ion

What is the equilibrium constant for the $\ce{Co(H2O)_6^{2+}(aq) + 4 Cl-(aq) <=> CoCl_4^{2-}(aq) + 6H2O(l)}$? I've looked at various sources but none seem to yield the actual equilibrium ...
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Inorganic chemistry handbook with reaction lists

There is a handy handbook on common inorganic substances' properties called "Reactivity of Inorganic Substances" (eds. R. A. Lidin, V. A. Molochko, and L. L. Andreeva). It was originally written in ...
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Cerium (CeO) behavior in Glass Polishing?

I am basically working in semiconductor industry and I specifically taking care of CMP (Chemical Mechanical Polishing). We did polish glass (borosilicate type of glass) and we are using slurry (which ...
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What is the molar extinction coefficient of azorubine (carmoisine, E 122)

I'd be grateful for the molar extinction coefficient ε of azorubine at the absorption maximum (about 520 nm), with an authoritative reference.
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What is a good resource for learning about the intermolecular bonding in water beyond high school? [closed]

I'm writing a paper for school on boiling water at various temperatures and pressures, but only noting cases wherein high temperatures were achieved without boiling under low pressure (metastable ...
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How to show a band structure for water?

This question is generated by my attempt to answer this one. I thought I could demonstrate that electronic conduction in water is possible because of the impact of an electric field on the band ...
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What could some good source for problems in organic chemistry for undergrad level? [duplicate]

I have read Morrison Boyd Organic Chemistry and the exercises given at the back are quite interesting and some of them require a lot of critical thinking. I want to practice more such problems. Do ...
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Looking for experimental data for titration curves

I am looking for real, open source and free experimental dataset (not image, scan of table) of acid/base titration curves: pH versus titrant volume for many combination (strong/weak acid/base, ...
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Model of an ideal liquid in chemistry

In chemistry there are ideal models/concepts of ideal crystal, ideal gas and even ideal solution, but there is no model/concept of ideal liquid. In physics (fluid dynamics, to be precise) there is a ...
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How can benzaldehyde have a pKa of 14.9?

There are numerous websites out there which claim that the pKa of benzaldehyde – C6H5CHO – is 14.90. (Just do a Google search for benzaldehyde pka to see what I ...
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Carbon monoxide from activated charcoal filters

We use activated charcoal in air filters of the ventilation system to remove pollutant vapours from the exhaust air. Before the filters, the air is heated a bit to avoid condensation of water. ...
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What studies show that d orbitals don't play an important role in covalent bonding? (> period 2 elements) [closed]

Take a look at all the following molecules: $\ce{SO3^{2-}}$, $\ce{SO2}$, $\ce{SO4^2-}$, $\ce{PF5}$ and many more you can add. In all these there is a controversy of one of these two types: Is formal ...
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What is Nesbet's theorem?

In a talk by Frank Neese there was a slide with title "Nesbet's theorem" and an equation indicating something like "if your wavefunction has the double excitation amplitudes correct, then you can get ...
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Does CF3COOH undergo decarboxylation ? Why or why not? [closed]

Does $\ce{CF3COOH}$ undergo decarboxylation ? Why or why not? Attempt: I feel it should decarboxylate because $\ce{CF3-}$ carbanion must be stable due to fluorine's -I (electron withdrawing) ...
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Where can I get potential energy surface for simple molecules?

I'm looking for potential energy functions for simple molecules, such as water or hydrogen sulfide. I only need the region around the equilibrium geometry, preferably as a Taylor series expanded in ...
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Reduction of 2-cyclohexenone to cyclohexanol

Is $\ce{NaBH4}$ a suitable reducing agent for the conversion of 2-cyclohexenone to cyclohexanol? In Clayden (page 506, second edition), I have found the reduction of cyclopentenone to cyclopentanol ...
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Proof of the chemical potential formula

My textbook as well as Wikipedia both state the formula $\mu_A = \mu_A^0 + RT\ln\{A\}$ which gives the chemical potential $\mu_A$ of a chemical species $A$ as function of the standard chemical ...
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What is the solublity of water in liquid carbon dioxide at low temperature?

The solubility of water in liquid carbon dioxide has been investigated by Hosmer W. Stone in 1943 from -29 to about 22 °C. Is there any research done on the solubility of water in liquid $\ce{CO2}$ ...
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Where can I find the standard molar entropy for ammonium bicarbonate?

I'd like to know the standard molar entropy S0solid for ammonium bicarbonate to use in an example in class, to calculate ΔS0 for the reaction, NH4HCO3(s) → NH3(g) + H2O(g) + CO2(g). Already checked: ...
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Entropy change of evaporating NaCl [closed]

What is $\Delta S$ for this process? $$\ce{NaCl(s) -> NaCl(g)}$$ (A reference that I could quote would be ideal.)
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Source for medium quantities of salts [closed]

Where are good sources for medium quantities (10-1000kg) of chemicals, particularly salts? For quantities <10kg, I know of lots of options from lab suppliers (Sigma Aldrich, Alfa Aesar, etc). ...
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How to synthesize tetrabutyl titanate from titanium dioxide powder?

How do you synthesize tetrabutyl titanate $(\ce{[CH3(CH2)3O]4Ti})$ from titanium dioxide ($\ce{TiO2}$) powder? As I know, we can get $\ce{TiO2}$ from tetrabutyl titanate, but how can we do the ...
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A basic question about tetramethylammonium hydroxide

This is a follow-up to the question here. There is an answer claiming that tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) is a suitable strong base that can be used instead of the usual alkalies to reach pH 14....
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Readings about chiral resolutions at the undergraduate level

Does anyone know of a resource which clearly explains the scientific theory and experimental methods involved in chiral resolutions? I have access to the American Chemical Society, Tetrahedron, ...
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How are polarizabilities measured experimentally?

Most common spectroscopies that produce either a full spectrum, a tensor, or a scalar value have a specific instrument associated with them that is relatively self-contained and not custom. For ...
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Reaction rate constants for methane combustion

I can't find a rate constant or activation energy for the methane combustion reaction given by: $$\ce{ CH4 + 2O2 -> CO2 + 2H2O}$$ Do all reactions have a rate constant? The NIST web site lists ...
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Thermal oxidation of gold(I) sulfide

As far as I know the chemistry of $\ce{Ag}$ and $\ce{Au}$ are almost the same; because $\ce{Ag}$ belongs to the 4d series and $\ce{Au}$ belongs to the 5d series, we know the size of 4d and 5d are ...
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Is it possible to self-teach yourself most of organic chemistry and biochemistry without access to a lab or university resources? [closed]

I'm stationed on a US Navy warship and I often wonder if its possible to master these subjects without access to a college instructor. I've been reading introductory books on organic chemistry and ...
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Image of crystal structure

Is there any websites or resources where I can get a good image of a certain crystal structure? In my case I'm looking for lead(II) tungstate $\ce{PbWO4}$ and I can't find a vivid graphic on google (...
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How to tell 'orthokinetic' apart from 'perikinetic' based on their prefixes?

During a test in colloid and surface chemistry, students were asked to distinguish between two terms: orthokinetic and perikinetic coagulation. The rate of aggregation is in general determined by ...
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What is “physicist's water”?

There is a statement on page 60 of this dissertation: the "physicist's water molecule" ($\ce{O-H = 1.1 \mathrm{\mathring{A}}, \angle HOH = 104^\circ}$) I understand it to be a model similar to the ...
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Can someone suggest me important references for deriving EOM in MCSCF?

I am currently starting a project dealing with MCSCF method. Can someone please give me references (papers or lecture notes are preferred) which may be considered as the "corner stones" in the history ...
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Do auto-catalytic aromatic compounds capable of forming self-replicating molecules exist?

I want to know are there any aromatic compounds able to catalyze their own synthesis? Do aromatic compounds with molecules capable of self-replication exist? P.S.I'm looking specifically for ...
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What are introductory level books on chemical engineering?

I'm currently enrolled in a chemical engineering course in my college, and in my first year, I'd like to get a nice introductory book on that field of study. I'd prefer that the book covers several ...
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What is the reaction mechanism of a selective catalytic reaction with urea?

What is the reaction mechanism of the following reaction: $$\ce{4NO + 2(NH2)2CO + O2 -> 4N2 + 4H2O + 2CO2}$$ I expect that the catalyst is vanadium oxide and titanium oxide. Where can I find a ...
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How close are we to building an actual nanobot? [closed]

I want to know how far current nanotechnology is from creating an actual real-world nanorobot? Also, does such a thing actually exist, or is it just a nice name for an umbrella term to show off to the ...
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What is “chemical pressure”?

While reading some publications on solid superconductors, I encountered a term "chemical pressure" a few times, which is usually attributed to the changes of superconducting transition temperature $T_\...
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Do any efforts to construct artificial biochemistries exist and what compounds are they based on? [closed]

I'm a researcher interested in the fields of origins of Life, astrobiology and theoretical biology in general but I must admit I think my knowledge of chemistry outside biochemistry is a little bit ...
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What is the nature of the bonding in cyclotriphosphazene?

The bonding in $\ce{(NPCl2)3}$ (and other compounds of the form $\ce{(NPR2)3}$) has historically been described using the ‘Dewar island model’. By analogy to benzene, $\ce{(NPCl2)3}$ is π-electron ...
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House-hold chemistry experiments for a high-school student [closed]

I want to experiment the things which we learn in chemistry as a twelfth grader.I want to do them at my home but I'm not supplied with enough reactants.What can I do by using such reactants. I tried ...
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Possibility of π–π stacking in non-aromatic systems

Is it possible to have π–π stacking for non-conjugated double bond systems? For example, can the carbonyl groups of two urea molecules participate in π–π stacking? Although urea prefers to stay in ...