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Chemical solvents that were/most likely were discovered before the 16th century
Sulfuric acid nee vitriol comes to mind, although it isn't that often considered a "solvent". Wikipe ...
25-9-2017 at 13:46
by: clearly_not_atara
Eliminating NO2 from HNO3
[quote]Doing nothing may be the proper action, but it is not an answer that removes NO2 and preserve ...
25-9-2017 at 09:04
by: clearly_not_atara
phenyl acetic acid from phenylalanine
Another thought: hypobromite is an effective Strecker reagent, so H2O2 with bromide present might ta ...
23-9-2017 at 23:28
by: clearly_not_atara
Eliminating NO2 from HNO3
Classic AJKOER: 14 year old thread, impossible sol'n to an easy problem.

The correct answer is t ...
23-9-2017 at 13:56
by: clearly_not_atara
Easily available solvents (polar & non polar). BP less than 70 C
Methanol is common as windshield wiper fluid; diethyl ether is common in starter fluid. Acetonitrile ...
23-9-2017 at 12:37
by: clearly_not_atara
What are "synthetic iron oxides"
Fougerite? Technically an oxide-hydroxide-carbonate:

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=fougerite&t=lm ...
22-9-2017 at 18:57
by: clearly_not_atara
phenyl acetic acid from phenylalanine
chemplayer: H2O2 can under some conditions (acids present) oxidize aldehydes to acids (Baeyer-Villig ...
22-9-2017 at 14:14
by: clearly_not_atara
Optimizing Henry reaction conditions (substituted benzaldehydes + nitromethane)
Zn/HCl reduces terminal nitrostyrenes efficiently. It fails to efficiently reduce secondary nitroalk ...
13-9-2017 at 09:42
by: clearly_not_atara
KOMe from K2CO3 and possibly MeOCO2iPr?
The solubility of potassium bicarbonate in alcohols is extremely low. So, when K2CO3 is added to anh ...
12-9-2017 at 15:40
by: clearly_not_atara
Does this seem a safe and effective way to alkylate ammonia?
[quote]The second reason is that according to this post ethylating diisopropylamine with bromoethane ...
12-9-2017 at 14:10
by: clearly_not_atara
Does this seem a safe and effective way to alkylate ammonia?
I think you are making it too hard for yourself. It should be much easier to add ethyl iodide to dii ...
12-9-2017 at 08:54
by: clearly_not_atara
What did I make from bromoethane that smells fruity/flourescent?
Acetaldehyde?
9-9-2017 at 11:11
by: clearly_not_atara
Most hydrophilic: MgO, CaCl2, Cu(NO3)2, Ca(NO3)2, CuSO4, NH4NO3 - Very interesting Results!!
MgO also absorbs CO2 from the air over time. This adds more weight than water. Copper nitrate is vol ...
9-9-2017 at 11:09
by: clearly_not_atara
Should I talk to the police before starting my lab?
The [b]best[/b] thing to do is to talk to a lawyer, who can tell you the legalities of what you're d ...
8-9-2017 at 18:35
by: clearly_not_atara
OTC pyrazole synthesis
nitro-genes: paraformaldehyde is not an alkene, but acetylene works, giving a monosubstituted pyrazo ...
7-9-2017 at 10:31
by: clearly_not_atara
Crystallizing my own piezo pickups (Rochelle salt)?
You might recognize me as one of those infuriating members of this forum who never really gets any c ...
5-9-2017 at 12:50
by: clearly_not_atara
Sodium Ethyl Sulfate
Ca(EtSO4)2 >> Et2SO4 + CaSO4 is my guess. You didn't smell sulfur dioxide, and SO3 should not ...
4-9-2017 at 22:10
by: clearly_not_atara
Preparation of cyanides
Could you trans-ligate ferricyanide to ferrioxalate? I.e.:

K3Fe(CN)6 + 3 K2C2O4 >> K3Fe(C2O ...
1-9-2017 at 14:58
by: clearly_not_atara
Decarboxylation of amino acids (phenylalanine, tryptophan) in various solvents
A quick Google for "tryptamine hydrochloride" turns up several suppliers selling it, including the o ...
1-9-2017 at 13:34
by: clearly_not_atara
Decarboxylation of amino acids (phenylalanine, tryptophan) in various solvents
I'd be surprised if tryptamine hydrochloride were soluble in DMSO. Is it?

Also, DMSO is boiled a ...
31-8-2017 at 17:26
by: clearly_not_atara
OTC pyrazole synthesis
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethyl_diazoacetate

1,3-cycloaddition of this with an alkene should ...
31-8-2017 at 13:49
by: clearly_not_atara
Alkyl Chloride preparation without anhydrous zinc chloride?
I really don't understand why you would need anhydrous ZnCl2 when you are going to drop it right int ...
31-8-2017 at 10:42
by: clearly_not_atara
OTC Oxalyl Chloride Challenge
Sulfuryl chloride will not work for this reaction, so it doesn't matter.

Melgar: What route? Ben ...
31-8-2017 at 10:34
by: clearly_not_atara
Recrystallization of Calcium Acetate
Have you tried acetone instead of alcohol? Alcohols form complexes with calcium ions but I think ket ...
30-8-2017 at 14:33
by: clearly_not_atara
Can sodium metal really be transparent ?
It's possible that sodium metal reacts with formed hydrogen to sodium hydride which could be transpa ...
30-8-2017 at 14:32
by: clearly_not_atara
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