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Ruthenium too good to be true?
Ru is by far the cheapest of the platinum group metals. This price seems low, but not entirely out o ...
4-12-2019 at 10:13
by: clearly_not_atara
Did I accidently make Titanium tetrachloride?
Ti metal is very reactive when depassivated, SEP -1.63 for Ti2+ <> Ti which is comparable to t ...
28-11-2019 at 18:48
by: clearly_not_atara
Snowfall Amounts Follow a Weibull Distribution?
The Weibull distribution traditionally models "lifetimes" and things that act like lifetimes.

It ...
28-11-2019 at 09:26
by: clearly_not_atara
Lab reagent challenge
Um, ok. Let's go with urea -- I have to choose some kind of nitrogen source, and as long as we're as ...
23-11-2019 at 10:49
by: clearly_not_atara
sulfur monochloride
I'm afraid I'm pretty much quoting Wikipedia, which references Feher in the [i]Handbook of Preparati ...
21-11-2019 at 19:56
by: clearly_not_atara
sulfur monochloride
Se2Cl2 is [i]much[/i] easier to produce than S2Cl2 -- simply dissolving SeO2 in HCl gives some monoc ...
19-11-2019 at 13:22
by: clearly_not_atara
Stocking the Lab:OTC
Food: Brewing stores often have potassium bicarbonate and tartaric acid, used to adjust the flavor o ...
12-11-2019 at 17:53
by: clearly_not_atara
Dissolving a bit AL in liquid Bi-Sn alloy in place of using Hg-AL for reduction ?
Usually Al/Hg reductions are done in MeOH, bp 65 C. Bi-Sn eutectic is at ~145 C. See the problem?
11-11-2019 at 16:14
by: clearly_not_atara
Selectively complexing copper at low pH
I think unionized is on the right track here wrt precipitation. But Cu+ forms CuCl2[sup]-[/sup] in a ...
7-11-2019 at 15:29
by: clearly_not_atara
Formic acid production by electrochemical reduction of CO2
There are some simpler sounding systems that produce oxalate:

https://www.nature.com/articles/nco ...
3-11-2019 at 20:50
by: clearly_not_atara
Reddit: the word chemist is like calling someone a biolist or physist. Chemistrist seems more appropriate
lol buggers
3-11-2019 at 20:37
by: clearly_not_atara
OTC PTC?
Yes but no -- a conventional "soapy" surfactant forms micelles, which are oriented nanospheres with ...
29-10-2019 at 13:21
by: clearly_not_atara
OTC PTC?
Choline is not a PTC, no. It's not just too small, it has a hydroxyl group which reduces its solubil ...
27-10-2019 at 16:13
by: clearly_not_atara
OTC PTC?
Orgsyn for trimethylamine from ammonium chloride + paraformaldehyde

http://www.orgsyn.org/demo.as ...
26-10-2019 at 19:53
by: clearly_not_atara
Which should I use H2O2 of NaOCl to clean/sterilize virgin fibers/silk
Hypochlorite is more damaging than H2O2 because it has a lower barrier to reaction (activation energ ...
19-10-2019 at 07:42
by: clearly_not_atara
Konrblum oxidation of 2-(chloromethyl)-2-methyl-1,3-dioxolane
Some data on the aliphatic Sommelet:

https://pubs.rsc.org/-/content/articlelanding/1953/jr/jr9530 ...
17-10-2019 at 11:24
by: clearly_not_atara
Diethylamine Hydrochloride Synthesis
http://www.orgsyn.org/demo.aspx?prep=CV3P0820

[i]"Pure white needles of o-toluic acid may be obta ...
2-10-2019 at 20:00
by: clearly_not_atara
HVZ bromination with S instead of P?
It’s well-known that S + Br2 converts many acids to their anhydrides. The rxn byproduct HBr can re ...
15-9-2019 at 12:24
by: clearly_not_atara
TiCl4 substitute
TiBr4 from Ti + Br2
12-7-2019 at 12:52
by: clearly_not_atara
Acetic anhydride preparation
IIRC tests by SM members showed that the method does work for propionic anhydride but does not work ...
11-7-2019 at 16:36
by: clearly_not_atara
Mechanochemistry - is it a way?
Awesome! I've been trying to set up a ball mill of my own lately, actually. I'm trying to make a (no ...
10-7-2019 at 13:02
by: clearly_not_atara
Which number you like more: 1.99 vs 2.01?
2.001, because you can just blame the one-loop correction.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anomalou ...
8-7-2019 at 22:55
by: clearly_not_atara
KI+HNO3->KIO3 fail?
"The oxidation of iodine to iodate by hydrogen peroxide", Guy Schmitz, [i]Physical Chemistry Chemica ...
5-7-2019 at 09:40
by: clearly_not_atara
reduction of carbonyls without NaBH4 and LiAlH4
Anhydrous Chromium (II) salts are soluble in some aprotic solvents and react with electrophiles. The ...
3-7-2019 at 09:26
by: clearly_not_atara
H2O2 as bleach replacement in laundry & effectiveness of pretreatment
Simply put, H2O2 is much weaker than chlorine. This is however a huge advantage because chlorine rea ...
2-7-2019 at 16:21
by: clearly_not_atara
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