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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In what solvents does ionic association occur?

When a ionic compound like $\ce{NaCl}$ dissolves, it doesn't always full dissociate due to ionic pairing. This is measured by the van 't Hoff factor. Now, this is what I'm looking at for my chem ...
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Evaporating volatiles to get bitumen powder

I'm trying to source gilsonite/bitumen powder in Canada. It's available with costly shipping, but I also see that foundation coating is 75%-90% bitumen, 3-5% sulfur, 1-2.5% xylene and naphta solvents. ...
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Can you make n-Hexane a supercritical fluid? [closed]

When making aerogel using supercritical fluids the liquid in the gel is replaced by a gas. Can this be achieved using n-Hexane as the supercritical fluid? What would the resulting gas be? Would it be ...
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“Nivea Sun protect & refresh” melted my tub

I stupidly applied spray sunscreen on my children inside our white, acrylic bathtub and the floor ended up with a white, very sticky residue that rubs off on things, but will not wash away with ...
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Permanent ink from urethane, 99% IPA, and pigment?

I’m an artist and I started working with recycled plastic bottles as a material recently. I want to paint the plastic and retain its transparency, but acrylic paint won’t stick without priming and ...
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Performing an SN1 reaction in a polar aprotic solvent

Straightforward question What would be the outcome of having an SN1 reaction carried out in a polar aprotic solvent? I have found this question approached scarcely and with unsatisfactory answers. ...
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What is the mixing enthalpy of oxygen and water? [closed]

If the question has to be narrowed down it means temperature will be around 35 °C = 95 °F.
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Is propanol 1-2 diol 178 the same as propylene glycol?

I clean vinyl records in an ultrasonic vinyl record cleaning machine the manual states it uses propanol 1-2 diol 178 as a surfactant. I think this is the same chemical as propylene glycol. Is it?
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Polar protic solvents with melting point between between 0 °C and 25 °C [closed]

Need a solvent for a freezing point depression experiment. Acetic acid is the only one I know of, but it is not ideal due to the low freezing point depression constant. Any suggestions?
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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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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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Powdered Dipropylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether [closed]

Entrepreneur here, background in electronics, so thank you in advance for your patience with me. Question: Is Dipropylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether available as a powder? If not, is there a powdered ...
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Pyridine: Protic or Aprotic

I know pyridine is a polar aprotic solvent (owing to a permamnent dipole generated), but if acidified it forms pyridinium cation. So, does it then function as polar protic solvent?
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How to dissolve cat hair without effecting fabric?

I am wondering if it is possible to create some sort of a solution that will dissolve cat hair (or dog hair), but, is not harmful to the surrounding fabric? I am picturing a solution you would soak a ...
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Zinc salt with a very high relative aqueous solubility?

Zinc bromide, iodide, and chloride are highly soluble in water, both in absolute terms, and relative to other metals. I think however that there is a zinc compound with even higher relative aqueous ...
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Why would a polar protic solvent favor the addition of HBr to an alkene?

I understand that a polar solvent will help dissociate the $\ce{HBr}$ into ions. But why a protic solvent? Why would we want a solvent that would encage the $\ce{Br}$ and $\ce{H}$ ions? Why is the ...
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Can a solvent be a gas?

A solvent is an element which dissolves something, basically the solute. Normally, all the solvents we encounter are in liquid phase. So, I was wondering if there could be any solvent in a gaseous ...
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Controlled burn with colored flames (Gender Reveal) [closed]

Is there a single solvent that can dissolve chemicals/elements that when burned, will produce the color of its respective chemical/element? If so, what chemical/element can be dissolved in this ...
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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 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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Choise of solvent for extraction

In the synthesis of (S)-Diphenyl(pyrrolidine-2yl)methanol, I need to extract the product using an organic solvent and water. Which organic solvent is the most suitable in this case? Ethyl acetate: I ...
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Which solvent is good for using SU-8 particle in Optical tweezers?

I'm studying Optical tweezers. I've used Polystyrene for samples. Nowadays, I've got SU-8 pillar. I wanna use that for sample, but its density is heavier than water. I can't use that. So I wanna know ...
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Are Hansen solubility parameters available for inorganic salts or ionic molecules?

Are Hansen solubility parameters available for inorganic salts or ionic molecules (e.g. potassium oleate, potassium stearate, sodium dioctyl sulfosuccinate (AOT), sodium dodecyl benzol sulfonate (SDBS)...
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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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Plasticisers and other impurities from polyethylene laboratory bottles?

Does polyethylene (PE), widely used for wash/squirt bottles in labs, contain soluble compounds such as plasticizers that can accumulate in organic solvents (e.g. alcohols, acetone) after prolonged ...
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Leaving group ability and solvent's effect

Regarding leaving groups and solvent effects (SN1 and SN2 reactions), I would like to ask some questions. As the nucleophilic character is also influenced by the solvents, there is some indication (to ...
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Organic solvent for cleaning autosampler syringe

I work in a laboratory where gas chromatography is used extensively. We handle phthalates. What are the possible wash solvent for autosampler syringe? I've been using acetone.
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Why are alkali metal compounds like sodium hydride or sodium amide strong bases but weak nucleophiles?

I understand why compounds such as $\ce{NaH}$ or $\ce{NaNH2}$ are weak nucleophiles: as they aren't very soluble in organic solvents, they react only on the clusters' surface. But why are they strong ...
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Will toluene vapors damage a mirror made from PETG?

I'm working on a project for work and trying to avoid using an acrylic mirror because I know that doesn't hold up well against toluene, but I'm wondering if a mirror made out of PETG would?
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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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Can a solvent be a solid?

Can a solvent be a solid? I do not think so. But is it possible for a solvent to be a solid?
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Determining solvent and solute [closed]

On which conditions does determining solvent depend on? 1. the higher boiling indicates the solvent the material with the higher concentration is the solvent the solvent is kept first in a pot. ...
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Does the amount of solvent interaction energy depend on the absolute gas phase energy?

I've been performing Gaussian 16 DFT optimization and single-point energy calculations on different conformers of a rather large organic molecule. My first series of calculations was without solvent ...
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Covering conformers in a molecular modelling; consider them as a static entity or work with modelling shifts as well?

I am currently working with a molecular docking project, examining potential affinities of a solvent on a protein in an assay to evaluate potential error margin. The solvent is cyclohexanol (referred ...
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How is carbon-halogen bond broken during Finkelstein reaction?

Finkelstein reaction is a halogen exchange reaction between haloalkane and a salt of a different halogenide: $$\ce{R−CH2−Cl + KI -> R−CH2−I + KCl}$$ From an answer of a previous question: As ...
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Why do azeotropes boil at constant temperature? [closed]

As given in the Wikipedia page, An azeotrope (/əˈziːəˌtroʊp/) or a constant boiling point mixture is a mixture of two or more liquids whose proportions cannot be altered or changed by simple ...
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What chemical should I use to thin UV cure epoxy?

The epoxy that I am working with is UV curable with a cycloaliphatic epoxy resin base. I am trying to reduce the viscosity. Whatever I add to thin the epoxy, it needs to be able to evaporate off so ...
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Solvents adequate for dissolving overheated polyethylene terephthalate glycol-modified (PETG) residue?

I work in 3D printing. One of the materials we use is polyethylene terephthalate glycol-modified, or PETG. It is a pretty good material, both in strength and appearance. It is melted and pushed ...
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Salt concentration and electrical permittivity of water

We know that the electric flux density $D$ can be related to electric field intensity $E$ as $$D = \epsilon(\omega) E$$ where $$\epsilon(\omega) = \epsilon_0 \epsilon_r(\omega)$$ and $\epsilon_0$ ...
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Do aprotic solvents “slow down” SN1 reactions?

SOLVENT EFFECTS. Predict if using the polar, non-protic, solvent N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF, $\ce{Me2NC(=O)H})$ will speed up or slow down the following reactions and BRIEFLY justify your answers. a) ...
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Redox reactions of halides in hexane

When we have two test tubes and we add: In the first test tube: hexane, aqueous solution of $\ce{NaCl}$ and aqueous solution of $\ce{I2}$ In the second test tube: hexane, aqueous solution of $\ce{...
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Could metal hydride storage tanks for hydrogen store helium as well, given their repective atomic radii? [closed]

With atomic radii very similar, could helium dissolve into metallic foam about as well as hydrogen, thus making metal hydrite hydrogen tanks suitable for helium as well?
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Electrical conductivity of organic solvents

Do organic solvents such as pure ethanol and pure methanol conduct electricity? why is this so? I have done some research and have not been able to find anything conclusive. I would think it would ...
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Miscibility of Hexane and Ethanol (Anhydrous vs 96%)

In my lab, I mixed 8:2 (mass:mass) of Hexane:Ethanol (Hexane: 0 ppm of water content, ...
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Solubility of alcohols in non-polar solvents

The solubility of an alcohol in a non-polar solvent (like hexane) increases with size of the alcohol, as the non-polar chain increases. However, as the chain keeps increasing, will the solubility ...
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Decarboxylation of THCA during CO2 Extraction of Cannabis

We have a strange problem. We are performing CO2 extraction on cannabis and we are seeing considerable decarboxylation of THCA to THC. We have high quality temperature sensors at the heat exchangers, ...
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Acetone-resistant clear plastic

Is there a plastic that's clear, acetone resistant, and ideally sold in sheet stock that's ~1/8" or 1/4" thick? Both acrylic and polycarbonate are out, they turn cloudy on contact with acetone. I ...
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Suspension liquid for ferrofluid that makes it float [closed]

I am currently devising a project to create a kinetic sculpture, similar to Sachiko Kodama. Does anyone know any suspension liquids that when applied, the ferrofluid floats on top?
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What are common solvent removal methods?

In a laboratory setting, the most common solvent removal method is rotary vacuum distillation. This is something I have performed many times, starting in organic chemistry labs. However, I am ...
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Molarity of two solutions

Question: Two solutions of ethanol marked as X and Y are labeled as 25% ethanol by mass and 25% ethanol by volume respectively. If the density of solution Y is 0.789 g/mL and that of solution X is 0....

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