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Questions tagged [solvents]

A liquid, solid, or gas that dissolves another solid, liquid, or gaseous solute, resulting in a solution that is soluble in a certain volume of solvent at a specified temperature.

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Is there an inexpensive solvent I can use to dissolve thermal paste without scrubbing?

I'm removing large voltage regulators from circuit boards which are often coated with a generous amount of thermal grease. I've found that 70% isopropyl alcohol works great for softening this and ...
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Ethyl Acetate and other Solvents in a mixture: miscibility and stability

I was wondering about a heterogeneous solvent mixture containing multiple alcohols such as IPA, Ethanol, methanol etc. Would EtOAc (Ethyl Acetate) play nice in these mixtures at low volumes such as 1 ...
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Is it considered safe to sonicate with flammable solvents?

I use a sonicator at work in a cleaning process. It involves sonicating acetone, NMP, and IPA. We would like to move forward with other flammables as well. We currently do the work in a hood, but no ...
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How do you tell if a liquid will evaporate cleanly? [closed]

Background: I'm working on developing a process to extract compounds from plant material in order to place the medicinal compounds from plants into a small capsule, instead of having to take large ...
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Why are hydrogen-bonded compounds (such as NH3) excellent solvents for most lab reagents? [closed]

Hydrogen bonds are said to be one of the strongest molecular interactions in nature. Then why can most substances that interact through hydrogen bondig such as water and $\ce{NH3}$ able to dissolve a ...
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Do substances dissolved in a solvent oxidise? [closed]

If a substance is dissolved in a solvent does it still oxidise? Does it depend on weather the solvent can dissolve oxygen?
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Why is fluoride the most nucleophilic halide in aprotic solvents? [duplicate]

I am confused on the topic of electronegative nucleophiles, and polar aprotic solvents. From my understanding, the more electronegative a nucleophile is, the weaker of a nucleophile it will be, ...
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Suitable safe cleaning solution for aliphatic urethane

I am looking for a suitable cleaning solution for a sprayed on coating that is an acrylic aliphatic urethane. My end goal would ideally be something that can neutralize rust, whiten and brighten the ...
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Acids using different solvents [closed]

Many polar protic solvents exist and ionic compounds are able to dissolve inside these substances for the same reason as water. So, theoretically, if a substance were to steal a $H^+$ ion from a polar ...
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Why is hexane called skellysolve-B

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/hexane Another name for hexane is skellysolve-B, is that just to be silly?
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What are solvents that can dissolve sebum that is safe for topical use? [closed]

I do not know much about these properties and I need some feedback regarding these. Sebum is a semi-fluid that in humans contains a mixture of triglyerides, cholesterol, ester waxes, and squalene. 57....
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Are there any fluids which are both viscous and volatile? [closed]

I'm looking for a viscous fluid which will evaporate (completely) rather quickly. If propylene glycol evaporated like acetone, that would be the dream ticket, but neither the viscosity nor the ...
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Deperoxidation of ethers via alumina: what happens?

I was reading about the procedures for the removal of peroxides from ethereal solvents, and a procedure which seems to have survived to our days is filtration through a column of "activated alumina" (...
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Why Benzene is a good solvent even while it is not polar [closed]

Consider for a moment, ether, THF, benzene and hexane. Why is the solubility of many organics in these solvents in the following order THF > ether / benzene > hexane What makes benzene a good ...
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How can I prevent the effervescence of a solvent during evaporation? [closed]

How can I prevent the effervescence of a solvent like petroleum ether when I evaporate it on a water bath?
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Solvent resistant coating?

I want to make a vessel for a dry ice bath (with either acetone or methanol--the two cheapest liquids I can find that stay liquid at -80C). I know I could just insulate a metal vessel, but what I ...
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What is the proof of complete ionic dissociation in water?

Is there any way to prove that ionic compounds, for instance $\ce{NaCl}$, completely dissociate into singular $\ce{Na+}$ and $\ce{Cl-}$ ions within water by hard experimental evidence? Besides ...
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Cobalt Chloride in various solvent/water mixtures - tested

In a recent post the solvatochromic behaviour of cobalt chloride in acetone was discussed. There were some ideas how the acetone might influence the ratio between the blue $\ce{[CoCl4]^2-}$ and the ...
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Why any non polar compounds dissolve in nonpolar substance like Benzene what is the reason behind it? [duplicate]

In case of ionic solvent the ionic solute dissolve in it because due to polar nature of water it break the bond between the ions through hydration energy and the ionic solvent dissolve in it. So I ...
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what would happen if someone smell just a little chloroform? [closed]

I'm new in labratoary and a few days ago I smelled chloroform just for a second, out of curiosity. The next day I became very sick with symptoms like nausea, vomiting, fatigue and pain in my muscles. ...
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Nucleophilicity of halides in solvents [duplicate]

I have studied that as electronegativity increases nucleophilicity decreases. But in the aprotic solvent the order of nucleophilicty is: $$\ce{F- > Cl- > Br- > I-}$$ but how is this possible ...
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Will vegetable oil and kerosene mix?

Is it possible to mix vegetable oil with kerosene? If not, what other solvents can be used to reduce the viscosity of cooking oil/vegetable oil.
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is syringaldazine soluble in water?

Would it be better to use water or ethanol as a solvent for syringaldazine? Why? Would water interfere with the oxidation of syringaldazine if laccase enzyme was added?
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Filtering dry magnesium sulfate from anhydrous acetone

I've got some anhydrous acetone which I store over magnesium sulfate to prevent the accumulation of water. Even slight movements make the still-dry MgSO particles quickly disperse throughout the ...
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How can I solvent exchange from water to alcohol?

Given an aqueous colloidal solution, is there a way to transfer the colloidal particles into an alcohol (assuming the colloidal particles are also stable in the alcohol)? I see in the literature that ...
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What is a good solvent for pentacene?

I am doing an experiment with pentacene molecule ($\ce{C22H14}$). I want to clean my sample reservoir after using it. But I show in some literature that it is slightly soluble in organic solvent. ...
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What is the function of nitrobenzene as a solvent in Friedel Crafts alkylation reaction?

I would like to know what is the function of nitrobenzene as a solvent in Friedel Crafts alkylation reaction. Answer to this question suggests that Friedel Crafts reaction is not possible with ...
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How do quaternary ammonium salts catalyse SN2 reactions?

I am asked to identify the "best catalyst" for the reaction: $$\ce{CH3(CH2)8CH2Br->[\ce{KCN}][\text{benzene}]CH3(CH2)8CH2CN}$$ The options are (A) benzyl chloride (B) aniline (C) N,N,N-...
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How to make dichloromethane human-friendly and safe for storage?

I use dichloromethane to polish 3D printed object as postprocessing step. Most of it is stored in darkened glass on my balcony (now at $\pu{-15^\circ C}$). What chemical reactions I need to make it ...
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Is it absolutely necessary to use centrifuge to separate ethylene glycol from precipitate?

I've been trying to synthesize intermetallics of $\ce{XY}$ type using transition metal salts and main group element salts. For my system, EG, DEG, and TEG are good solvents. However, because of them ...
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How to determine crown ether cavity size? [closed]

I want to determine the cavity radius/ dia of crown ether. Which technique should I follow?
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Is polylactic acid (PLA) soluble in ethylacetate?

I'm searching for polylactic acid (that used in 3D printing) solvent, that is less toxic. It's used to postprocessing to polish object. Dichloroethane is toxic, acetone and dichloromethane less, but ...
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Halogenation of Phenol [closed]

Why does only one $\ce{Br+}$ ion get generated in a non-polar solvent (such as $\ce{CS2}$), while more $\ce{Br+}$ ions are generated in aqueous or polar solvent (such as $\ce{H2O}$)?
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Using Nanodrop for UV/Vis analysis of compounds at limited amounts [closed]

I am no chemist, but a biologist who knows some biochemistry. I have some natural extracts at limited quantity, which I have been evaluating using mainly GC-MS. These extracts are rich in liquid ...
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How to evenly mix NaCl and Lactose

Q: You have 10 g NaCl (s) and 90 g Lactose (s) (both easily soluble in water.) You want to achieve a 100 g mixture of these two compounds in solid form where they are completely evenly mixed. (A 1 mg ...
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How to choose alcohol solvent for organic extraction?

Assuming I have an organic substance that is known to be "soluble in alcohol" (e.g. capsaicin) I want to extract, which alcohol should/can I use? I know that both ethanol and methanol are commonly ...
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For what reasons, is isopropyl alcohol widely used as a cleaning solvent?

I have worked in electronics and aeronautics industry 30 years ago, and I have always wondered, what were the specific properties of isopropyl alcohol, which make it used instead of other alcohols ...
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Isopropanol in contact lens solution plastic bottle

I have a rather large plastic bottle of isopropanol ($99.7\%$), and I wanted to store some of it in a smaller, more handy container. I have two empty plastic bottles from contact lens solution that I ...
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Questions regarding the preparation and recrystallisation of methyl 3-nitrobenzoate

I have a procedure for the synthesis of methyl 3-nitrobenzoate (via nitration of methyl benzoate): Weigh 2.0 g of methyl benzoate into a dry 50 cm3 conical flask. Add 4 cm3 of concentrated ...
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Is there a substance that will eat through and completely dissolve carbon but not damage engine cylinder, piston nor rings?

I'm afraid that when I was instructed to be specific in the title of my post, I kind of said it all... Here is the issue: I have a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. It has been going through excessive amounts of oil....
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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 to remove formaldehyde (smell) from clothes/jeans?

Bought several jeans, then to discover they have a really nauseating smell, that is not removed by washing. Reckon it's formaldehyde, from what I can read. Anyway, assuming you have jeans with ...
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Is supercriticality dependent on partial presssure, or total pressure?

Supercritical CO2 is commonly used as a solvent in organic chemistry (notably in industrial processes like decaffeination). I presume that in such cases, the CO2 is typically pure, or very close to it....
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Synthesize camphene

How does one easily synthesize camphene in the modern day? The old 1902 patent says to combine ammonia and pinene hydrochloride in an autoclave at 210-220C for 20 hours. Would alpha-pinene work with ...
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How to calculate he equilibrium constant change for acid-base reactions in a different solvent?

So we know that $K_\mathrm w$ is $10^{-14}$. But what if I am working with non-aqueous systems? Suppose I were to add LDA to liquid ammonia, or dissolve HCl in concentrated sulfuric acid. How would I ...
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Why is enol content higher in non-polar solvents?

Apparently, for keto-enol tautomerism, the enol content of a given carbonyl compound increases when in a non-polar solvent. What is the reason for this?
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How to dissolve PLA (polylactic acid)?

I'm a maker and I've been interested in 3d printing for years. I have found a technique for dissolve the PLA supports in a model printed in 3D in HIPS I have printed the model in HIPS and the ...
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Mechanism of Halogenation of Alkene

In the above reaction, we use a non-polar compound (such as CCl$_4$) as a solvent. Then, why does the Br$_2$ polarise on attack by the alkene, even though a non-polar solvent does not encourage ...
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How to accurately abbreviate solvents?

IUPAC Red Book in section IR-4.4.4 Ligand abbreviations [1, p. 63] states the following: N.B. Abbreviations for solvents that behave as ligands should also be in lower case letters [e.g. dmso for ...
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Looking for a Solvent for Fragrance Oils [closed]

Hi I am looking for a solvent for fragrance oils, that has low evaporation and high diffusivity (low molecular weight and hence spreads well in the air). The solvent should also be soluble in water ...