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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Method to find out the amount of solvent replaced by another solvent

So I am performing a relatively simple coprecipitation experiment to synthesize ceramics. All my precursors are in aqueous solutions. But due to the high surface tension of water, drying the water is ...
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Can triethylene glycol be used to remove polypropylene from the die during the glycol bath process?

We use the glycol bath die cleaning process in order to clean our die which are used to extrude materials from PBT and PET. Can triethylene glycol be used in order to clean a die containing ...
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Can compounds dissolved in different miscible solvents react?

For example, can crystal iodine dissolved in ethanol react with sodium thiosulfate dissolved in water when mixed together?
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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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How many times should I run a solvent extration experiment through?

For advanced higher chemistry project, I am extracting cinnamaldehyde from cinnamon via first steam distillation and then solvent extraction using hexane. I'll be adding sodium chloride to the water/...
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Dissolving plastic resin without damaging aluminium surface

I have an aluminium surface covered with some plastic, which I intend to dissolve in order to clean the surface. On the note for the plastic I have applied, it says that it contains the following: 2-...
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What is dielectric constant and how does it explain the reason why water is one of the best solvents

When i was reading solublity of ionic compounds,they mentioned that polar compunds are fairly soluble in polar solvents and water is better solvent due its high dielectric constant.Can anybody explain ...
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Polystyrene properties after dissolved by acetone

Polystyrene plastic can be dissolved in acetone. I would like to understand: If the dissolved polystyrene will take-out of the acetone and becomes solid again (after all the acetone evaporates), will ...
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Methylammonium lead(II) iodide perovskites in bulk form

I am trying to obtain $\ce{(MA)PbI3}$ as a bulk powder using lead(II) iodide and methylammonium iodide as precursors. I have not yet tried simply mixing the two in methanol/ethanol and removing the ...
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Mixing solvents, or how does paint thinner work?

I would like to understand how a mixture of solvents works together. For example, there are two solvents combined, and each one alone can dissolve some material, but one acts faster. How do they ...
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Molybdenum ditelluride (MoTe2) single and few-layer liquid exfoliation? [closed]

In 2D nanomaterials like Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMD) exfoliated using liquid exfoliation methods, the solvent will play an important role in determining the final thickness and quality of ...
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Could I make a lava lamp using diluted oil paint for the blobby part?

So, on a whim I decided to try making a lava lamp for my roommate. I know that lava lamps are made with dyed water/salt water and a trade secret mix of paraffin/wax/dye/heavy solvent that is just ...
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Ingredients for cleaning optical elements

I have recently purchased a cleaning solution for precision optics which has the following ingredients (amounts were not specified): Ethyl Alcohol Methylethylketon Aqua Diethyl Ether Isopropyl ...
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Why polar aprotic solvents don't surround negatively charged nucleophiles?

Protic solvents can form a tight shell around a nucleophile. But what's stopping any polar solvent from doing so? Shouldn't a polar solvent surround negatively charged $\ce{F-}$ with its partially ...
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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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How does acetone help to make a liquid cleaner stronger? [closed]

Acetone, as a solvent, seems to behave somewhat different than other solvents. It seems to solve things other unpolar solvents do not. For example, I have two cleaner sprays from the same brand, and ...
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Methanol mixed with varsol [closed]

If I have varsol in a tank and methanol is put into the same tank will methanol rise to the top or will it separate? Or will it mix together ?
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What classifies as a solvent/base in SN1, SN2, E1, and E2 reactions?

I need to clarify some terminology for an intro to organic chem class. We are studying substitution and elimination reactions and it has not been made clear what exactly these terms describe. For ...
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Are hydroxides soluble in each other?

Let's say I have molten potassium hydroxide and then I add some Calcium hydroxide. I imagine, since there are hydroxide groups floating around, it would be energetically neutral for the calcium ions ...
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What solvents can solve aromatic urethane resins?

Do you have any information about chemical resistance of hexa-functional aromatic urethane acrylate? I want to know what solvents can solve aromatic urethane resins.
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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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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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Will acetone dissolve the structure of Spandex?

We are trying to remove rubber from spandex, it's been super-glued on. We know that acetone will dissolve superglue, but we're unsure if acetone will harm Spandex. Anyone that can help us, your input ...
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Remineralization of ro water [closed]

Hello we are trying to prepare a solvent based solution of different kinds of minerals which can be added to reverse osmosis permeate water so that some of the essential minerals can be added back to ...
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Calculating amount of base needed to achieve a specific pH in a mixed ethanol-water solvent

I'm looking for some way to calculate how much base I will need to add to an unbuffered solvent consisting of a mixture of ethanol and water in order to basify it to a specific reading (10) on an a pH ...
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Best way to dissolve/emulsify beeswax and carnauba wax in water-based solution

What I can use to dissolve beeswax and carnauba wax and keep it in an aqueous solution? I do not want to use ethanol or acetone as they are too harsh. I am adding about $\pu{5\%}$ wax to a $\pu{16oz}$...
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Electrolysis of a calcium salt in polar aprotic solvent

If i found a calcium salt that is soluble in acetone or ethyl acetate, which are polar aprotic solvents, and attempted electrolysis, what would happen? Since polar aprotic solvents are used in metal-...
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In situ preparation of Potassium Tert-Butoxide

I am attempting to prepare potassium tert-butoxide. I was going to suspend anhydrous toluene and anhydrous tert-butanol, dissolve (reflux) the potassium metal (pure), then distill the excess tert-...
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Does ethanol “decompose” or “remove” phosgene from chloroform?

A question I was asked was: "Why is ethanol added to chloroform bottles?". I know that chloroform can be slowly converted to poisonous phosgene gas, and that ethanol is added to prevent phosgene ...
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Investigating the effect of solvents (protic vs aprotic) on the alkaline hydrolysis of ethyl acetate using a conductivity meter

What different areas about solvents can be explored with the conductivities collected of the alkaline hydrolysis of ethyl acetate in propanone and ethanol? $$\ce{CH3COOC2H5 + NaOH -> CH3COONa + ...
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Investigating the effect of solvents on the alkaline hydrolysis of ethyl acetate

In the following reaction, I believe a polar aprotic solvent like propanone will be more favorable since the partial negative charge on the oxygen atom in propanone will attract the sodium ion from ...
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What chemical could dissolve low-density polyethylene?

What chemical could dissolve plastic aside from acetone? Preferably, low-cost and environmentally friendly. Any suggestions would be helpful. I'm targeting for thin plastic (low-density polyethylene)....
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Is sodium acrylate soluble in ethanol?

I am trying to make sodium acrylate by neutralizing acrylic acid with sodium hydroxide. I further want to photo-pattern it, which requires the addition of photoinitiator to sodium acrylate. The ...
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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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What organic solvents are suitable to use with potassium permanganate?

I'm attempting to oxidize a substance with potassium permanganate and I was wondering what organic solvents I have at my disposal. The compound is soluble in chloroform and ethanol, but obviously ...
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Polar Protic and Aprotic Solvents

I know $\mathrm{S_N2}$ is favored polar aprotic solvents, which means that they may have hydrogens on them somewhere, but they lack $\ce{O-H}$ or $\ce{N-H}$ bonds, and therefore cannot hydrogen bond ...
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Dry ice and acetone

In my organic chemistry class there are several reactions that I’ve been told are generally conducted at $\pu{−78^\circ C}$, which is apparently also the temperature of dry ice in acetone. This is ...
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How good is 2-Butoxyethanol as a replacement for acetone?

I have recently bought a bottle of acetone from my local hardware store. When I opened the bottle, I was surprised about the absence of the strong smell of acetone. Only then I discovered the smaller ...
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How do I remove traces of denatured alcohol?

Accidentally cleaned nylon plastic with denatured alcohol. What is the best way to insure I've removed all traces of it? btw, I'm not a chemist so if you could dumb-down your answer that would be ...
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Qualitative Comparisons of Dielectric Constants of Organic Solvents

This question is inspired by the discussion around this earlier question. It is relatively simple to do a qualitative comparison of the polarities of different molecules (for example by analyzing the ...
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Acetic Acid type of solvent

I want to ask a question about polar/non-polar (a)protic solvents. The following information was given to me in the lecture hall today regarding solvents in organic chemistry. I recall the ...
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Why Benzene is a good solvent even while it is not polar

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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What polymer can be dissolved in ethanol and is insoluble in water?

I need a polymer with parameters noted above. How to determine the solubility theoretically? Hansen/Hildebrand solubility parameters? Wypych is not the ultimate solution...
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How to effectively get rid of 2-propanol acetate vapors and smell

I need to get rid of 2-propanol acetate vapors and its smell and need some chemistry help. Some possibilities I came up with: soap and water to rinse surfaces because soap might help increase its ...
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Is there a quantitative test/analysis technique that can determine if some chloroform has degraded into phosgene?

Before I go to use any chemical that I've had in storage for a while, I try to check if it's degraded into something else (e.g.: checking the $\ce{H2O}$ content of $\ce{H2O2}$, checking for $\ce{H2O2}$...
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Proton NMR chemical shift of water peak in different solvents

Why does the water peak appear at different chemical shift values (ppm) in different solvents in proton NMR spectra? For example, the water peak in DMSO-d6 appears at nearly 3.33 ppm, but the same ...
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Solvent for tire rubber

I want to apply tire rubber on surfaces, for various reasons - including protection against water. I think of tire rubber, as it is so widely available - helping in reducing pollution (infinitesimally)...
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Why mixing water with ethanol produces heat energy? [closed]

Sorry if I'm asking something stupid but I'm trying to understand where this energy gets from. As far as I could find, it is not a reaction as both chemicals left unchanged, so it might have something ...
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Solubility of Iodine in Some Organic Solvents

The solubilities of iodine in $\ce{CCl4,n-Hex,Et2O,PhCH3}$ were given respectively as 19 g/kg, 13 g/kg, 337 g/kg, and 182 g/kg. These results puzzle me for the following reasons: 1) Iodine, being a ...
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How do I calculate the total volume when i mix 1000 kg of glucose with 5000 L of water

I want to know how to calculate the resulting volume when I mix 1000 kg of glucose into 5000 L of water. How does the calculation change if I'm mixing NaCl into the water, instead of glucose? Or ...