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[*] posted on 10-6-2014 at 20:20
Elemental Scientific Acid Containers

I noticed that my sulfuric acid from Elemental Scientific was becoming slightly dis colored. If I let the acid move away from one edge by tilting the bottle I noticed a sort of rim of a substance. Anyone else have this problem? Does it ruin the acid?

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[*] posted on 10-6-2014 at 21:04

The containers are polyethylene and should not react with the acid, my acid is slightly discolored too, but my guess is contamination from the air. I have two containers, one still sealed, the other opened for about 3 months, the sealed is still crystal clear, the open one has a tan hue. So exposure to air had something to do with it.

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[*] posted on 11-6-2014 at 04:00

I have this issue as well. It is only true of H2SO4 that I have stored for a significant period. I also noticed that if I keep it refrigerated, it stays clear for years. I thought maybe some carbon contamination or something. I haven't used it for anything critical after it discolors but it's still plenty potent for nitric distillation.
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[*] posted on 11-6-2014 at 05:40

I have noticed the same thing with the sulfuric acid from Elemental Scientific.
Slightly brown, and the floating rim stuff.
I guess that the container might be attacked very slowly, even though it shouldn't. My container only holds 4 Fl OZ's (I prefer mL) so I go through it pretty fast. I have a liter or so of it stored in a glass bottle, which I use to refill the easier to use plastic container.
The color is barely noticeable, so it's not a big deal, but I wouldn't use those containers to store it - use glass.

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