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[*] posted on 9-12-2018 at 21:49
REMINDER: It's cold outside!


Hi everyone. I was doing a distillation outside earlier tonight (I don't have any sort of fume extractor), but my pump wasn't working right, so I stopped halfway through to take a break. In a moment of incredible, unbelievable, shitheaded stupidity, I got distracted and forgot to drain my cooling system. I live in northern New Hampshire, and it was 15 degrees Fahrenheit tonight, so when I was away, the water in the cooling system froze, expanded, and shattered my >$50 condenser to bits. That's a lot of money gone, just like that, especially for a college student like me who rarely has the money to spend anything on hobbies. I guess that's the end of a lot of chemistry experimentation for a while. I'll edit and post some photos in the morning when I feel more up to it.

Don't be stupid like me. Remember that water freezes.

[Edited on 10-12-2018 by CRUSTY]




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[*] posted on 10-12-2018 at 01:48


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ywL_zokELE



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[*] posted on 10-12-2018 at 10:11


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[*] posted on 10-12-2018 at 10:32


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[*] posted on 10-12-2018 at 10:47


One of the research groups in my (well, the one I got my degree in) department, way back when, had trouble making a particularly thermally-unstable complex because they couldn't get the apparatus uniformly cold. So one of the grad students simply moved his vacuum manifold outside into the university courtyard and did the reaction at night in the dead of an Edmonton winter.

Thus, the "polar night synthesis" was born.

Vancea, L.; Graham, W.A.G. (1977). "Stereochemically Nonrigid Six-Coordinate Metal Carbonyl Complexes". J. Organomet. Chem. 134 (2): 219. doi:10.1016/S0022-328X(00)81421-7.




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[*] posted on 10-12-2018 at 13:26


If it makes you feel any better, you aren't the first...

https://www.sciencemadness.org/whisper/viewthread.php?tid=24...




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[*] posted on 10-12-2018 at 13:29


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVIRcnlRKF8

Play it with some nice subwoofer, it gives me chills

Too bad about your condenser!

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Thus, the "polar night synthesis" was born.

Vancea, L.; Graham, W.A.G. (1977). "Stereochemically Nonrigid Six-Coordinate Metal Carbonyl Complexes". J. Organomet. Chem. 134 (2): 219. doi:10.1016/S0022-328X(00)81421-7.


Haha, nice, my science friends in real life also had a laugh.

[Edited on 10-12-2018 by Tsjerk]
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[*] posted on 10-12-2018 at 13:40


My most miserable experience was trying to condense chlorine when it was -36°C outside.



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[*] posted on 10-12-2018 at 14:02


Quote: Originally posted by BromicAcid  
My most miserable experience was trying to condense chlorine when it was -36°C outside.


But did it work?
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[*] posted on 10-12-2018 at 14:26


I've condensed SO2 in a Minnesota winter, but I don't think I'd want to try chlorine.



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[*] posted on 10-12-2018 at 17:16


Quote: Originally posted by BromicAcid  
My most miserable experience was trying to condense chlorine when it was -36°C outside.
I'll bet the Dry ice& acetone bath lasted a lot longer, though..



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[*] posted on 10-12-2018 at 17:34


Quote: Originally posted by Tsjerk  
Quote: Originally posted by BromicAcid  
My most miserable experience was trying to condense chlorine when it was -36°C outside.


But did it work?


I have tried to ampule Cl2 once, its very tricky.

I used acetone and CO2(solid) for the coolant.




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