The coolant chiller

2009-06-25 19:52 by Ian

For doing distillations and extractions using solvents with low boiling points (such as diethyl ether or chloroform), the coolant in the condenser must be below the temperature of tap water.

This is my solution to the problem of reliable sub-zero cooling.

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Couldn't bring myself to work indoors today

2009-06-24 00:26 by Ian

I couldn’t bring myself to work indoors today. I setup my gear outside to determine the alcohol concentration in a co-worker’fs home made cider.

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Introduction to Soxhlet extractor

2009-06-13 20:49 by Ian

My extractor was delivered today, and I chose to test it by extracting essence of eucalyptus using methanol as a solvent.

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Q&A About Mercury

2009-04-04 21:56 by Ian

Some assorted questions and my responses to an online contact regarding the chemistry of mercury.

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Making Nickel (II) chloride hexahydrate

2009-03-09 22:58 by Ian

Some simple home chemistry.

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