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Be nice to the lab manager. :-)
This week I had some free time so I've been helping our overworked lab manager with chores that she ...
18-1-2018 at 16:48
by: Reboot
Copper sulphate and vacuum question
I assume it just doesn't want to give up the water. Perhaps it would in time. Normally I would jus ...
15-1-2018 at 17:50
by: Reboot
What Happens if...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYkC6ocDdR4

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wacker_process

Kind ...
14-1-2018 at 07:02
by: Reboot
What Happens if...
Cloves, eh?

What happens if...

Ground cloves in uncle Jimmy's high-test moonshine with a pinch ...
13-1-2018 at 07:22
by: Reboot
Fire & Explosion risk vs. scale
PLAN for failure.

Assume the glassware will break/get knocked over. Got a spill kit? Can your ...
12-1-2018 at 19:18
by: Reboot
Anyone interested in shared lab space somewhere near NYC?
[quote]"Hackerspaces" are much more common, presumably because they aren't as dangerous.[/quote]

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12-1-2018 at 05:34
by: Reboot
What even?!
Acetylene itself produces a remarkably dirty flame without enough oxidizer available; all those happ ...
12-1-2018 at 05:13
by: Reboot
Hydrogenation of isopropanol
A reducing agent might strip off the (weakly) acidic hydrogen of the alcohol group, giving you isopr ...
7-1-2018 at 09:26
by: Reboot
Ti-(and DABCO) doped alanes as possible catalytic hydrogenation catalysts? (Aka AlH3 from Al and H2 in situ at low pressure)
[quote]A similar experiment should get more promising with THF as solvent in a diving bottle (and ma ...
7-1-2018 at 07:36
by: Reboot
Ti-(and DABCO) doped alanes as possible catalytic hydrogenation catalysts? (Aka AlH3 from Al and H2 in situ at low pressure)
A lifetime ago, when I was a stupid kid, I tried something, well, stupid.

I set up a bog standard ...
6-1-2018 at 19:33
by: Reboot
Question about Iodine beads
The larger grained stuff I've seen is fairly erratic in size. It might have been created by heatin ...
6-1-2018 at 16:14
by: Reboot
Synthego offers FREE samples of CRISPR for human cells lines
Neat!

Strange and interesting things are coming, to be sure. It's a much more advanced project, ...
6-1-2018 at 06:09
by: Reboot
Buy PdCl2 from Alibaba; Recover Pd; Profit?
[rquote=502572&tid=79484&author=DaftStrategery]and some of the results were a bit alarming a ...
4-1-2018 at 16:41
by: Reboot
Schiffs base / imine with an amine salt?
The reaction of an amine with a ketone is driven by the attraction between the electron poor carbon ...
3-1-2018 at 18:25
by: Reboot
the right choice of PTC catalyst
I can't claim to know much about it, but since this is the internet, allow an ignorant hack to wildl ...
3-1-2018 at 17:29
by: Reboot
So I bought an (Agilent) HP 5890 gas chromatograph...
[rquote=501574&tid=79261&author=NEMO-Chemistry]Grab yourself a pc controller (under $150) an ...
28-12-2017 at 16:33
by: Reboot
So I bought an (Agilent) HP 5890 gas chromatograph...
[rquote=501576&tid=79261&author=unionised]That first pic looks like a cotter pin.
What doe ...
26-12-2017 at 12:48
by: Reboot
So I bought an (Agilent) HP 5890 gas chromatograph...
Merry Christmas to me! This beautiful old warhorse got dumped on eBay for $600 (with shipping.)

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26-12-2017 at 10:27
by: Reboot
"Draining" a fluorescent bulb (tube)
[rquote=501186&tid=78989&author=vmelkon]
That's amazing. I can't believe it.[/rquote]

I ...
22-12-2017 at 12:08
by: Reboot
Rocket
Seltzer water. :) The ozone could oxidize the carbon to CO2. The water gives you a place to st ...
22-12-2017 at 11:15
by: Reboot
Sources of chemicals ?
If you don't act like a professional, they won't treat you like one. I would laugh at you and hang ...
16-12-2017 at 17:31
by: Reboot
IMA- hedging bets
Well, that's confusing.

SDS sheets are commonly 'rough justice', with numbers rounded off to whol ...
14-12-2017 at 04:43
by: Reboot
To my fellow Australians: Police and Glassware shipments
[quote]Active dose is 3-10mg so 140 000 people using 3 times the active dose should be pretty bad ri ...
11-12-2017 at 19:06
by: Reboot
Fuming HNO3 distillation from drain cleaner + KNO3
Nicely done. Residual brown color from nitrogen oxides in high concentration nitric acid isn't unus ...
2-12-2017 at 19:33
by: Reboot
Hydrogen Generator
Let's say the goal is steady, consistent H2 production with minimal interference. I would probably ...
27-11-2017 at 18:24
by: Reboot
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