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My "knock on the door" incident
I had the police come around to my lab at a previous address a while back, got quite a scare. All my ...
28-6-2015 at 05:55
by: CycloKnight
Aluminium amalgam
I've always had better success with sliced up aluminium pie tins. When thin aluminium foil has been ...
30-4-2014 at 23:41
by: CycloKnight
Prototocatechualdehyde methylenation. Photo-essay.
Yes, sunshine and rainbows indeed, interesting medicine this. :)

A note regarding this methylenat ...
31-1-2014 at 07:59
by: CycloKnight
Prototocatechualdehyde methylenation. Photo-essay.
Thanks, no I didn't add salt but that sounds like a good suggestion - I'll give it a try next time ! ...
30-1-2014 at 10:53
by: CycloKnight
Prototocatechualdehyde methylenation. Photo-essay.
What follows is a slight variation of the commonly referenced catechol methylenation procedure, easi ...
30-1-2014 at 06:51
by: CycloKnight
Aluminum amalgam problem...Help needed
Not sure if I can help here, but just thought I'd wade in and say your 4 hour amalgamation time seem ...
1-12-2013 at 17:17
by: CycloKnight
Sciencemadness file hosting
Thanks bfesser, I'm relieved at least now I can now stop trying to fix a non-existent problem ! :D
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29-11-2013 at 18:59
by: CycloKnight
Sciencemadness file hosting
Could someone please tell me if the scipics directory is still accepting uploads? I've been trying f ...
29-11-2013 at 16:54
by: CycloKnight
toluene --> benzaldehyde
[rquote=297150&tid=2223&author=questions]I cant get my dropper funnel to keep a constant rat ...
5-9-2013 at 08:05
by: CycloKnight
toluene --> benzaldehyde
Here are a couple short video I made during the run, no sound though.
Steam distillation
http://w ...
28-4-2013 at 14:50
by: CycloKnight
toluene --> benzaldehyde
No worries chaps, this retro-aldol variation is actually one of my favourite reactions so it's all g ...
28-4-2013 at 14:08
by: CycloKnight
Lets cook up some benzaldehyde..
Photo update to my last post.

Chemicals needed:
1 kg cinnamon oil
10g NaOH
10g lecithin

Eq ...
27-4-2013 at 13:35
by: CycloKnight
Hairline Crack - Repair With Epoxy?
[rquote=282314&tid=24044&author=Oscilllator]I think I've posted this somewhere else before, ...
27-4-2013 at 11:58
by: CycloKnight
The short questions thread (3)
Thanks for the suggestion, I'll be trying it soon.
27-4-2013 at 09:37
by: CycloKnight
Picric acid yellow stains
Help !
Can someone please tell me how to remove yellow picric acid stains? They've been on my kitch ...
27-4-2013 at 06:17
by: CycloKnight
toluene --> benzaldehyde
Okay finally have some results now. I'll post the pics in a few days.

No sooner had I set up all ...
19-4-2013 at 15:47
by: CycloKnight
toluene --> benzaldehyde
1 kg cinnamon oil feedstock
[img]http://www.sciencemadness.org/scipics/P4160045.JPG[/img]

Either ...
17-4-2013 at 06:41
by: CycloKnight
toluene --> benzaldehyde
Volumetric flask making itself useful
[img]http://www.sciencemadness.org/scipics/P4170061.JPG[/img] ...
17-4-2013 at 06:33
by: CycloKnight
toluene --> benzaldehyde
General setup:
[img]http://www.sciencemadness.org/scipics/P4160049.JPG[/img]

Between the free oi ...
17-4-2013 at 06:23
by: CycloKnight
toluene --> benzaldehyde
No problem, any and all input appreciated. :)
I plan to first run through the 1 kg of oil using th ...
16-4-2013 at 08:52
by: CycloKnight
toluene --> benzaldehyde
Not sure what about a "peach style", but I can do a CycloKnight style retro-aldol follow up to my ea ...
15-4-2013 at 09:58
by: CycloKnight
toluene --> benzaldehyde
Sometime this week I'll be revisiting the cinnamon oil to benzaldehyde method utilizing insitu steam ...
15-4-2013 at 06:29
by: CycloKnight
toluene --> benzaldehyde
[rquote=232141&tid=2223&author=questions]I love benzaldehyde, not just for it's broad uses, ...
17-2-2012 at 06:15
by: CycloKnight
Manganous-Ammonium alum and derivatives for use of toluene oxidation to benzaldehyde
Nice work Hilski, lots of potential with this manganous-alum route. Great pics BTW !
This thread su ...
13-2-2007 at 15:31
by: CycloKnight
toluene --> benzaldehyde
[quote] CycloKnight, I donĀ“t understand why you use a not even insulated Vigreux in your steamdisti ...
11-8-2006 at 02:46
by: CycloKnight
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