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What happens when para-water ice is suddenly melted?

Background (hydrogen) In the case of recently liquified hydrogen (which is quite cold of course) it must be re-equilibrated before loading on to a rocket as fuel to avoid a sudden exothermic ...
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What might serve as an initial starting photocatalyst for this large water-splitting solar simulator?

Question: What might serve as an initial starting photocatalyst for this large water-splitting solar simulator? Surely there must have been some planned experiments! The Gizmodo article Insane Light ...
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Will the sulfur-iodine cycle and Haber Method work at lower pressures and temperatures?

I have a year-long research project next year in my senior year of high school, in which we have to make some product or prototype to solve some issue. My interest was in the Liquid Fluoride ...
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Dry water using graphite

Dry water or "powdered water" is essentially a bunch of extremely small water droplets surrounded by $\ce{SiO2}$. Some time ago, I was messing around and mixed some powdered graphite with water. (The ...
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Conductivity measurements of demineralized water - Unexpected results. Looking for explanation

I'm trying to measure the conductivity change of demineralized water over a few days. But I get results I can't explain. Setup This is the circuit and cell I'm using: Where $R_x$ is the ...
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How to dissolve slime jelly?

Suppose I have a small kid that had two cans of slime jelly (a Jelly made of water, glycerin, thickeners, dispersant, flavorings and pigments). And that two cans were inside a backpack, and somehow ...
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What acids, solvents is lithium-6 fluoride soluble in (other than HF)?

$\ce{LiF}$ is quite insoluble in water, and I'm trying to use some water-soluble acid or solvent to dissolve $\ce{^6LiF}$ (95% enriched) in. I'm not a chemistry person, I'm a radiation detection ...
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Protons and osmotic potential

In a hypothetical enclosed membrane only permeable to water (including hydronium), where inside the pH is lower than the outside, would water move inside?
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What would superionic water ice look like?

Phys.org's Giant lasers crystallize water with shockwaves, revealing the atomic structure of superionic ice links to Nature Physics: Experimental evidence for superionic water ice using shock ...
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Does increasing # of hydrogen bonds decrease the strength of these bonds?

I saw the question, "Is the strength of hydrogen bonding greater in hydrogen peroxide or water?" and it made me think of a question on hydrogen bonding: If an oxygen on a water has a ...
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Why does pKw first decrease but eventually increase when temperature rises?

I understand the initial decrease in pKw. $\ce{Heat + H2O (l) <=> H+ (aq) + OH- (aq)}$ Temperature increases, reaction shifts to the right, so $\ce{H+} \text{ and } \ce{OH}$ ...
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Why does my drierite turn bright bright blue, instead of pink?

Drierite a brand name of a commonly-used, calcium sulfate-based dessicant in many chemistry labs. The lab I work in has a dessicator box we use to store hygroscopic materials. It isn't a a true dry ...
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How much 'stronger' is water vapor than carbon dioxide, molecule-per-molecule, over the course of a day, in terms of global warming potential?

I have read, many times, that water molecules are far more effective than CO2 molecules at trapping heat... But, the 'relative G.W.P.' value of water vapor (or its 'radiative forcing') is not listed ...
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Does water really have strong EM absorption at 3 kHz in solid and 2 GHz in liquid? Why the huge shift?

While writing this answer to the question Transmitter receiver coil separation for Electromagnetic Terrain Conductivity Measurement I ran across this large PDF file of a book Soil and Environmental ...
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Is there anyway to derive the number of water molecules in a hydrated salt, given just the formula for the anhydrous salt?

Is there anyway to derive the number of water molecules in a hydrated salt, given just the formula for the anhydrous salt? That's pretty much it. If not, why? For coordinated water, my guess is ...
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Can this happen to superheated water?

Superheated water refers to water that is heating well beyond its usual boiling point under extreme pressure. This cause it to display anomalous property. I noticed that as temperature increases, so ...
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Should I add more of a trihydrate chemical to a solution if recipe calls for hemihydrate?

I am running phosphate by the ascorbic acid method (SM 4500-PE, PDF), and making the antimony potassium tartrate reagent. Standard methods uses $\pu{1.3715 g}$ of $\ce{K(SbO)C4H4O6 * 1/2 H2O}$ per $\...
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Can someone help me finish this reaction?

This question revolves around sodium percarbonate (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_percarbonate) and its reaction with sulfuric acid. I didn't find anything, so I tried assembling it myself. ...
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How to break down soap and detergents?

I am building a greywater harvesting system. It is a 3-stage system: The 1st stage breaks down soap and detergents. The 2nd stage filters the water. The 3rd stage pumps water out of system. What ...
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Does the temperature of water change during electrolysis?

Applying an electric potential to impure water splits water into its constituents H/O. Does the temperature of the electrolyte change during this electrolysis?
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How do xanthan gum and other hydrocolloids work?

Does anyone know what causes things like xanthan gum to make water into a slimy substance on the molecular level?
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CCSD and CISD size consistency problem

I have performed a Gaussian16 calculation to explore the size-consistency problem for the CISD and CCSD methods. The system I am studying is the water dimer and the results are not what I expected at ...
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For what chemical purpose did soldiers in WW2 carry small ion exchange resin columns in their survival kits?

My textbook [Chemistry Live, Declan Kennedy] states that ''During WW2 small ion exchange resin columns were part of a soldier's survival kit.''. I can't find any further info about this online or ...
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Normal Mode Analysis of proteins

I'm trying to do Normal Mode Analysis for my MD trajectory. I'm following Amber tutorial (http://ambermd.org/tutorials/advanced/tutorial3/py_script/section5.htm) which uses an example of estrogen ...
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Thermal decomposition of steam to hydrogen and oxygen; at what temperature is half decomposed and how to calculate?

In comments below this answer in Space Exploration SE I've said: (Wikipedia) says that dissociating water costs about 4.4 eV per bond. If 𝑘𝐵𝑇= 4.4 eV and $k_B$ is 8.617E-05 eV/K then that ...
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Calculating total volume mixing NaCl and water

I'm (as a non chemist) trying to calculate the the volume of a NaCl solution. The problem is that I know the volume of water prior to mixing in NaCl, but I want to know the volume of the solution ...
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Gel in water machine

I have a hot and cold water dispensing machine from my water company. I use 5 gallon water jugs delivered ever 3-4 weeks. The machine has a tank in it where water is kept cold until dispensed by ...
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How to prepare a water sample for photometry

The purpose of measuring N P K Ca Mg S is to determine the amount of material consumed by different types of plants in different periods. The initial solution, which is prepared as a nutritious ...
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Cheap spectral analysis to analyze water quality

I need some guide about spectrometers I saw a lot of DIY spectrometers to analyze light. Does anyone try to use those DIY spectrometers to analyze water? To detect heavy metals? or a chemical? or ...
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The Health Effects of Alkaline Ionized Water?

I came across alkaline ionized water as my aunts bought a system called Kangen Water from Enagic Inc. The water produced by this system is claimed to contain smaller water clusters (4-6 molecules) ...
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How can DI water inhibit peroxidase activity?

I'm troubleshooting an IHC staining issue, and according to Thermo-Fischer's website, "Deionized water can sometimes contain peroxidase inhibitors that can significantly impair enzyme activity.&...
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Does correct bond lengths and angles imply that water is in a potential minimum?

So I come from the math community (so please disregard my ignorance on the topic). If I have a water molecule and write the potential energy surface associated with it, my understanding is that I will ...
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How much D2O is in Vienna Standard Mean Ocean Water?

I'm curious how much $\ce{D2O}$ (heavy water) is in Vienna Standard Mean Ocean Water. I am interested in $\ce{D2O}$ molecules and not $\ce{HDO}$/$\ce{D+}$/ $\ce{DH2O+}$/$\ce{D2HO+}$/$\ce{D3O+}$ or any ...
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Will charcoal briquettes (not activated) absorb water out of the air in the house in a subtropical climate?

I live in Florida, an incredibly wet environment where it's very difficult to get moisture out of house without using a dehumidifier 24/7, which is too expensive. Would charcoal briquettes be of any ...
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What is the ideal temperature and pressure to crack water?

Using sun mirrors and solar cells for electricity. What temperature, pressure and voltage ideal for cracking water. Source: NPR Source Would it take more or less electricity to crack water under ...
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Hydrogen Bonding in Water (MO theory)

Valence Bond Theory tells us that each of the “sp3” (in reality, 44% s character) oxygen line pairs in water can act as electron donors, but observing the MO diagram for water tells us that the 2 non-...
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Is there a non toxic moisture indicator that can be applied on a wall?

I am looking for a substance that could serve as an indicator for a risk of mold growth, e.g. by a change of its hue. Cobalt chloride is both irritant and carcinogenic so is not an option. I've found ...
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How much energy water “captures” at it evaporates in room temperature?

As explained in Why does water evaporate spontaneously at room temperature despite ΔG > 0? water evaporates in room temperature because partial pressure of water is less than "standard" conditions ...
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Relationship of CO2 in water

We have an evaporative cooling system here at the power plant that uses city water. The water is pumped up and cascades down across a filter media cooling the intake air to the gas turbine. This is ...
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What kind of water would Oxygen-15 and tritium create?

I've recently become interested in chemistry, and have some questions about water. I've heard of semi-heavy, heavy, tritiated, and oxygen-heavy water. However, what about various combinations of ...
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Color Visible in Large Quantities of Ethanol

I am currently writing a sci-fi novel and have come upon a rather ponderous question that I have thus been incapable of discerning an answer for. If a planet were to have oceans composed not of water, ...
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Why is it difficult to measure the pH of environmental water samples accurately (near 7)?

I've read in several places (edit: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. 9, 10, 11, 12) that there are many practical factors that make accurate pH measurements of roughly neutral environmental water samples more ...
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Purple rinse water

After forming a white substance while on the stove, I rinsed the Pyrex pot under tap water (from a well), whereupon the water in the pot turned purple. Why did this happen? Iron and sulfur are ...
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Behaviour of oleophobic and hydrophobic object in an oil and water solution

I am wondering what would happen if I put a small (between $\mathrm{5mm}$ and $\mathrm{1\mu}$, density between $\mathrm{1}$ and $\mathrm{2\: g/mL}$) item with both oleophobic and hydrophobic ...
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Measuring the effect of increasing salinty on the concentration of Dissolved oxygen

I want to investigate the effect of increasing salinity on the concentration of dissolved oxygen, in a water sample being distilled water. Would that work? My concern is, that since its not a true ...
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Why does egg yolk turn white when washed with water?

I recently noticed that whenever I washed the egg yolk stuck on some utensils the water becomes milky white. It has to be the egg yolk that turns white and give off the white color to water right?
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Is there something which will block liquids but is dissolved by blood?

Is there a material which can be applied to a surface that will block liquids but is dissolved by blood? The idea is to use the liquid to close a circuit, but only if blood is present. I'm wondering ...
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Analytically combining Dynamic Equilibria that have a two way affect?

Lets say I want to model a water system as the following set of equilibria: $\ce{H2O <=> OH- + H3O+}$ | $\ce{A=[OH^{-}][H3O+]}$ $\ce{CO2 + H2O <=> H2CO3}$ | $\ce{B=\frac{[H2CO3]}{[CO2]}}$...
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Tap water pH adjustment using citric acid

I've lowered tap water pH from 7 to 6 using citric acid. After couple of hours pH raised again to 7. What is the reason for this raise? Citric acid overcomes waters buffering feature then raise the $...
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Density of water increases from 273 to 277 K due to increase in entropy?

In a set of questions that I was solving, the answer to one of the questions asking why the density of liquid water increases from 0 to 4 degrees C had the above answer: due to an increase in entropy. ...