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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Which potentials are suitable for molecular dynamics simulation of simple explicit solvents?

Which potentials (force fields) are suitable for adequately simulating (mixtures of) explicit solvents? Interesting rheological properties include viscosity, surface tension, heat capacity.
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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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Dissolving ability of octane vs nonane on neoprene

I have been working with straight chain octane and nonane. The neoprene seals in some parts of the apparatus are allegedly far more vulnerable to the deleterious effects of octane than nonane - why? [...
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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 to dissolve a strong resin in difficult situation?

The resin is made up from two components: Component A: silicic acid, sodium salt (less than 10% sodium silicate) Component B: Diphenylmethane-4,4'-Diisocyanate, isomers and homologs (MDI,Polymer-MDI)...
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2-Iodoxybenzoic acid oxidation reaction

I was thinking about using 2-Iodoxybenzoic acid to selectively oxidize primary alcohols to aldehydes. I've found papers using various solvents like acetone/water mixture1, 2-methyl-2-propanol2, DMSO ...
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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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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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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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Expedient phosponium synthesis (for Wittig)

I have been making ethyltriphenylphosphonium bromide (somewhat of a time crunch, would have used iodoethane instead of bromoethane if we didn't have to wait for it). All the syntheses I see of Wittig ...
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Why do different products form when alkali halide reacts with zinc in polar protic and aprotic solvents?

Let's take an alkali halide such as $\ce{CH3CH2Cl}$ the two reactions in polar protic and aprotic solvents are as follows: $$ \begin{align} \ce{CH3CH2Cl &->[Zn, CH3OH] CH3CH3}\tag{R1} \\ \ce{...
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In solvent extraction from plant cells, what is the static organic solvent film formed?

I am researching the mechanisms behind solvent extraction of oil from microalgal cells, and it is stated in one paper that in the process of transferring the lipid out of the cell, the solvent-lipid ...
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How can the activity of ions be more than 1 if the activity of water is 1?

Now, I am quoting Chemlibretexts when they give the activity coefficient of $\ce{LiCl}$ to be $\pu{1.026}$ at the molality of $\pu{2.5 mol kg-1}$ For simplicity, assuming this is aqueous, I'll just ...
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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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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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Can the directionality of an SN2 reaction depend on solvent polarity?

Because of the effects of solvation, halide ions have differing nucleophilicity in protic solvents vs aprotic solvents, iodide being the best nucleophile in protic solvents and fluoride being best in ...
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Solvent for Norland Optical Adhesive

I'd like to know if there is any solvent that dissolves Norland Optical Adhesive 65 (and Rhodamine 6G), but does not dissolve PMMA that is used in e-beam lithography. I've tried acetone, methanol, ...
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Why anhydrous acetic acid is differentiating solvent?

Anhydrous acetic acid is differentiating solvent in which strong acids show different strength but water isn't. Why anhydrous acetic acid shows the strength of acids clearly, but water solvent cannot ...
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Solubilizing ability of dichlorobenzenes

I am trying to understand why 1,2- and 1,3-dichlorobenzenes are such good solvents, able to solvate many organic compounds known to be hard to get dissolved. Any precise answer? It has something to ...
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How do I calculate the viscosity of a mixture of toluene and isopropanol?

I am trying to understand why my nanoparticles will only electrophoretically deposit in a non-polar solvent and a non-polar/polar solvent mix but not in the polar solvent. I am hoping to use zeta ...
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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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Solvent choice in imine formation from quercetin and poly(allylamine)

I am trying to react quercetin and poly(allylamine) to form imine on the repeating units. Poly(allylamine) is dissolved in water. The problem is the choice of solvent. Poly(allylamine) is soluble in ...
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DEG monobutyl ether pH change

We are using DEG monobutyl ether (CAS 112-34-5) in our production. Normally it is pH neutral, however suddenly we noticed that it has shifted to being acidic (pH=3.4). What has changed in the material?...
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How to model a molecule of benzene surrounded by 100 molecules of water with molecular dynamics?

I have experience calculating molecular properties (mostly DFT). However, I would like to spend some time on molecular dynamics methods. I would like to ask your advice to direct me towards a program ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the difference between concentration and effective concentration?

What exactly is effective concentration in simple terms? From what I can understand it is the 'real' concentration taking part in the reaction instead of the concentration of the solute. Also, if I am ...
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What would be a safe/good surfactant for ultrasonic cleaning vinyl records + distilled water and isopropyl alcohol

Title pretty much says it all besides the type of records I believe are pvc (60s - current, someone correct me if there may be other materials but I absolutely don't have any shellac records) and I ...
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Alternative to water as solvent for lithium metaborate?

I want to prepare a sample of lithium metaborate ($\ce{LiBO2}$) and need to dissolve it for this purpose. The only solvents I found so far are water and ethanol. In ethanol, one cannot dissolve ...
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Make pure phthalocyanines from phthalocyanine dyes

We need a pure copper phthalocyanine for our experiments. Of course, we can buy it from Sigma Aldrich, but this means we'll have to wait a while. In local area we can buy only dyes which are about 98% ...
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How paper-tag survive in the dry-cleaning process?

This prevent the clothes from being ruined by ink on the paper tag. To put the garments attached with this paper through the whole process of dry-cleaning, I have the questions listed below paper ...
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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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By what chemical process does shellac in alcohol degrade over time?

It is well established that shellac dissolved in alcohol ('liquid shellac') has a limited shelf life. The actual shelf life is highly variable, depending on the source, manufacture, storage. But after ...
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How do dielectric molecules in a liquid phase align when polarized?

As seen in the diagram, when a dielectric material becomes electrically polarized, the molecules align themselves in a manner where the respective charges are parallel to each other horizontally. ...
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Is there a easy way to estimate how quickly something will dissolve depending on its surface area?

How exactly does the surface area of a solid for example a cube of sugar, affect the speed of its solvation. I guess everyone has observed that a batch of fine grounded sugar or salt dissolves much ...
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Are there any tests which distinguish between triglycerides and polar lipids/impurities that can be conducted in a high school setting?

I am currently writing a research essay about using a mixed polar (methanol) and non-polar (heptane) solvent system to extract oil from mango seed kernels. One of the difficulties of using polar ...
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What can be used as substitute to dichloromethane for breaking optical cement bonds?

An optics supply company recommends using a dichloromethane solution to break bonds between optical elements joined with its UV-cured optical cement.1 The page mentions that dichloromethane-based ...
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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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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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Epoxide with solvent vs with water

The answer given is an epoxide. But is an epoxide stable at room temperature? And also epoxides tend to open in presence of water. Even if methyl alcohol is treated as a solvent, then too methyl ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...