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[*] posted on 21-12-2005 at 14:21
Using lithium to dehydrate ether?

Sodium is a very hard to come by substance nowadays, but lithium can still be had in batteries...

Can it be substituted for sodium when drying ether?
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[*] posted on 21-12-2005 at 15:14

It can probably be substituted, not speaking from experience though. There is an off hand chance that some of the lithium may cleave the ether, but not enough to notice, usually it takes the Na/K alloy to attack the ether linkage appreciably.

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