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Is it possible to separate/remove sugar from common drinks, such as juice?

Is it possible to remove sugar from a drink (for example, juice) using common household equipment?
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What is the scientific term to describe the operation of a bong?

What is the scientific term for the separation of dust particles from air by suction through a specialized flask in a way similar to the operation of a bong? The thing that led me to this was a ...
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Reaction of amines with diethyl oxalate (Hofmann amine separation method)

Why does only one molecule of secondary amine react with diethyl oxalate and two molecules of primary amine react with diethyl oxalate? I feel secondary amine also should have reacted similar to ...
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Distilling milligram quantities of oil like it's late 1970s

In a currently retracted* manuscript by Tomas Hudlicky [1, Retraction Watch] the following has been noted: Fifty years ago professors took an active part in all laboratory instructions and they ...
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Shea Stearin Extraction by Dry Fractionation

I have been able fractionate palm oil and extract palm stearin using the following method: Melt the palm oil (over 80 °C) Keep the melted oil at 33.5 °C for 24 hours (using an immersion circulated ...
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Recover Solder (Sn-Pb) from wires

I have began to do an "art project" which utilizes solder as main material. While I know that solder is cheap and easily found in multiple shops, I have set my mind on using recycled solder from out ...
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How to remove sugar from juice

My son has autism and we noticed that blueberries make him feel much better. The problem is blueberries contain sugars which interfere with diet he has (low carbohydrate). How do I filter out the ...
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How can should one separate and purify benzophenone from salicylic acid?

I am working with two solids and I know that they are benzophenone (s)(ketone) and salicylic acid (s) (carboxylic acid). I am curious to know what is/are the best method of extraction and ...
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Separating lanthanides using ion-exchange method

Following statements are on Separation of rare earth metals (lanthanides) via in-exchange method The tripositive ions are strongly sorbed by cation exchange resin: $\ce{La^{3+}}$, the largest is ...
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Do companies recover carbon dioxide and water from the purification step of cryogenic air separation, and how?

In the 3rd step of cryogenic air separation, filtered air is purified to remove water, $\ce{CO2},$ and hydrocarbons from the $\ce{N2}$-$\ce{O2}$-$\ce{Ar}$ stream. Im interested in knowing what happens ...
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etymology of supernatant

Why do we call a solution that has been centrifuged a supernatant? It seems to me that a "natant" should be something that floats (from Latin "natare" meaning "to swim"), and a "supernatant" should be ...
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Using cryptands to make a negatively-charged solution?

In our discussion group, my friend mentioned that metal cations can be separated from other cations in solution using cryptands. After addition of the cryptands to the solution of the cations, ...
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How to conveniently separate Cd impurities from ZnO without contaminating it?

How could I separate Cd impurities from ZnO without contaminating it and without using overly expensive equipment or extremely dangerous solvents? I don't want to contaminate it by introducing other ...
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Is the pressure in an HPLC system the same throughout?

I'm not sure if I'm articulating myself well enough, but here's my problem: I have a current HPLC system, where we typically have backpressure readouts of around 15 MPa. We are looking to get a new ...
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Separating glucose and fructose

If I have a mixture of glucose and fructose in aqueous solution, what is the simplest method to separate them? Heating to 110 °C to melt only the fructose would probably work theoretically, but this ...
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Why does HgCl2 react with HCO3^- but not with CO3^2-?

I have started learning Qualitative Salt analysis recently. When I was reading about tests to distinguish $\ce{CO3^2-}$ and $\ce{HCO3-}$, I came across a line in a book which states $\ce{HgCl2}$ ...
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HPLC Columns For Compounds Not Soluble In Non- Or Low Polar Solvents [closed]

Can someone recommend HPLC columns for compounds which are not soluble in no- or low polar solvents (hexane, isopropanol, toluene, and dichloromethane)?
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Does the distillation of alcohol cause the fractioning of isotopes and carbon-12 enrichment?

In water, distillation causes fractioning of the $\ce{^{18}O}/\ce{^{16}O}$ oxygen isotopes (Wikipedia). Does something similar happen to the $\ce{^{13}C}/\ce{^{12}C}$ and possibly $\ce{^{14}C}$ ...
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How to separate sodium carbonate from sodium hydroxide?

I got a drain cleaner in dust form, which consists of $\ce{Na2CO3}$ and $\ce{NaOH}$. I wanted to extract the $\ce{NaOH}$ so I tried to heat the mixture in order to just melt the sodium hydroxide, but ...
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Separating specific components of a PUREX raffinate

The PUREX extraction in nuclear fuel reprocessing leaves behind a nitric acid raffinate full of (mainly) 'fission products', which are a diverse set of elements produced by fission in a nuclear ...
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Is there a way to form only ortho product without using fractional distillation?

Using benzene and ethane as your only source of carbon in the final molecule, synthesize the following using any useful reagents. Reaction must form pure ortho compound. I have to form the product ...
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What is the principle of “scrubbing” in liquid extraction or solvent extraction?

There are many steps in solvent extraction: Extraction Scrubbing Back extraction I understand the 1st and the 3rd. What is the principle of scrubbing? Is it just washing the organic phase? How ...
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How to separate two liquids with both having the same properties?

I was curious if it was possible to separate such liquids e.g. two vegetable oils that happened to have different ingredients, so it is a different liquid, but the same density etc.
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How can I separate these two alcohols from each other out of the aqueous solution?

I have the following question for homework and am stumped. I am tasked with separating 3-(2-methoxyphenoxy)propane-1,2-diol and (1​R,2​S)-2-(methylamino)-1-phenylpropan-1-ol. They are both solvated in ...
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Can separated and purified substances be obtained from a chromatogram?

I am studying chemistry, and I am learning about chromatography. But I am confused about how chromatography is used to ‘separate and purify’ substances. I have learnt about chromatography paper, ...
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Separating sodium sulfate from chromium trioxide solution

I was looking at the industrial process for the production of chromium trioxide by treating sodium chromate or the corresponding sodium dichromate with sulfuric acid. This results in the formation of ...
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How to separate a racemic mixture of 1,2-diols

[upjohn dihydroxylation]2I want to ask that i synthesise R-substituted-1,2-Diol with (ee=1:1) ratio of R-, S- with the help of Upjohn Dihydroxylation. i try to seprate it by different mobile phasese ...
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How do you get contents of large flask into a smaller separatory funnel?

Separatory flasks that I use have a ground glass joint, but it is not clear how that joint is to be used. Videos I have seen just show people pouring stuff into the throat of the funnel. Normally the ...
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Can a combustion process be more energy efficient with oxygen enrichment?

I wonder if a combustion process with air as oxidant can benefit by oxygen enriching the air intake? By benefit I mean if the net energy output would be positive, or negative, since the enrichment ...
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Theoretical plates in Plate theory of chromatography

In "Chromatography theory" by Scott and Cazes, The plate volume is given as ($v_m+Kv_s$) where $v_m$ and $v_s$ are the volume of stationary and mobile phase in the column and $K$ is the ...
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How do you separate microcrystalline cellulose from amino acids in a powder mixture?

I am looking to separate out the microcrystalline cellulose that has been mixed in with amino acids in a powder mixture. I have tried suspending the powder mixture in water and then filtering out the ...
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Protein purification pressure limits confusion, about the X-MPa limit for FPLC?

I have always been a bit confused about column pressure limits. I have to elaborate a bit on the problem to get to my question: In protein purification we use the äkta purification machines (e.g. ...
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Hypothetically, can sufficiently powerful centrifugation separate normally miscible chemicals of differing densities?

Centrifugation is used to separate phases in suspensions by density. I read that this is not possible with colloids and solutions, but the distinction between the three seems to be optical properties ...
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Removing chloride ions from humic acid purification

I used HF and HCl in humic acid purification, and now I need to remove the Cl ions from solution. What should I do to remove the Cl ions? Do I just wash it with distilled water, or is there another ...
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Why does a molecular sieve work for gas separation?

I was looking at membrane separation of air to nitrogen / oxygen and saw some details on the molecular sieve which on Wikipedia states you can get much higher purity from an adsorber / sieve, but when ...
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What are some Qualitative test/s that you can use for benzophenone? [duplicate]

I have determined one of my unknowns to be benzophenone and in a lab setting (but that isn't possible because of COVID-19) I would conducted the 2,4 DNP test which should yield a positive result. ...
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How to store small amounts of gas

I need to store small amounts of gas. I already saw devices that look similar to the image below, but I don't know how they are called. Does someone here know how these devices are called? I am also ...
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method of separating product and conserving the catalyst

I'm looking for a way to separate reaction product of iodobenzene with ethyl 2-methyl-3-oxopentanoate in 1,4-dioxane (toluene is an alternative as a solvent). The catalyst being used is Pd2(dba)3 with ...
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coffee concentrate and water separated after 2 hours. How/why?

I'm asking because this makes no sense to me and making sure I'm not stupid. I brewed 10 gallons of cold brew concentrate(TDS 12.2) and mixed it with 10 gallons of water. I moved 10 gallons of the ...
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Reasoning about a separation problem [closed]

Describe exactly how you would go about separating a mixture of the three water-insoluble liquids, aniline (b.p. 184 °C), n-butylbenzene (b.p. 183 °C) and n-valeric acid (b.p. 187 °C), recovering each ...
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How would you separate sodium chloride and copper sulfate?

I've tried dissolving both compounds in water and evaporating the mixture, but this leaves a combination of brown and green crystals. Is there was any way to cleanly separate both compounds? Any ...
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Separating 2 chemicals [closed]

Is it possible to separate two chemicals with slightly different melting points? Can this be done with the use of a lab freezer? As MP is -44 and The other is -61 - -59 °C. Will it solidify these ...
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What is the physical property used in choosing the separation techniques for CaCO3 and KCl and NH4Cl [closed]

I've been scrolling through a chemistry past question but when I came across this I tried to solve it but it keeps confusing me
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Titration/ Separating Soluble Salts/ NaHSO4

When performing titration between NaOH and H2SO4, both Na2SO4 and NaHSO4 are formed (both are soluble in water), is there any method to obtain crystals of NaHSO4? (Maybe by separating two soluble ...
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Reaction between HCl and NaHCO3 [duplicate]

I want to know why in the reaction between HCl and NaHCO3, we have CO2 and H2O instead of H2CO3 ?
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How would I separate a solution of sodium iodide and water in order to obtain the sodium [closed]

I am an amateur in this field of science and I am trying to separate a solution of Sodium Iodide and water. How would I separate the solution so I can obtain sodium?