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Poll: Poll: Which solvent smells the best?
Acetic acid --- 2 (2.33%)
Acetone --- 5 (5.81%)
Acetonitrile -- 0 (0%)
Benzene --- 3 (3.49%)
Carbon tetrachloride --- 3 (3.49%)
Chloroform --- 13 (15.12%)
Cyclohexane -- 0 (0%)
Dichloromethane --- 3 (3.49%)
Diethyl ether --- 10 (11.63%)
Dimethylformamide -- 0 (0%)
Dimethyl sulfoxide --- 1 (1.16%)
Ethanol --- 5 (5.81%)
Ethyl acetate --- 10 (11.63%)
Hexane -- 0 (0%)
Isopropanol --- 4 (4.65%)
Methanol --- 2 (2.33%)
Methyl ethyl ketone --- 2 (2.33%)
1-propanol -- 0 (0%)
Pyridine --- 2 (2.33%)
Tetrahydrofuran --- 3 (3.49%)
Toluene --- 3 (3.49%)
Water --- 10 (11.63%)
Xylene --- 5 (5.81%)

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[*] posted on 12-3-2015 at 13:49


Quote: Originally posted by Etaoin Shrdlu  
I'm amused by how chloroform skyrocketed just now.


It seemed to happen just after woelen mentioned he voted for it. Hmm...




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[*] posted on 12-3-2015 at 14:42


Well, I voted for chloroform, because it's my favorite on the list (can't comment if CCl4 is better or not). Ethyl acetate is nice too, but I get very sick of the smell quickly.

And for anyone who voted for pyridine,

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[*] posted on 12-3-2015 at 15:06


While I too like chloroform, I voted dichloromethane as I find it less poignant (to me at least) and it's less hazardous. THF and ethers are too strong smelling, though I find them more bearable than ethyl acetate.



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[*] posted on 12-3-2015 at 16:36


I love chloroform, if you build an ammunity to it its not dangerous at all. Just ask all the junkies who get high on it.



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[*] posted on 13-3-2015 at 09:40


Quote: Originally posted by Molecular Manipulations  
I love chloroform, if you build an ammunity to it its not dangerous at all. Just ask all the junkies who get high on it.


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[*] posted on 13-3-2015 at 13:01


"Pyridine,smells 'best'". I can't believe that. I know smell is subjective but it is one of the most unpleasant things I have smelt in the lab.



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[*] posted on 14-3-2015 at 06:53


Xylene <3.If it wont be toxic I will smell it all day long...
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[*] posted on 24-3-2015 at 04:19


I voted for DMSO, because i like the sweet smell of it, not the technical grade, with nearly always dimethylsulfide in it... bad stench...
Only smelled this impurity when i did a bromohydrin formation in aqueous DMSO with NBS on styrene, phew, really bad.
But pure it is very sweet smelling.
Second to this I would vote for Hexane, third DCM or TCM.

Ethyl acetate is one of the worst smelling things on the list, Pyridine is not that bad compared to EtOAc´s, bad, glue-like stench.
I dont like Et2O too. Very harsh.
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[*] posted on 24-3-2015 at 06:29


You are all wrong here :D,
seriously, D-Limonene is absolutely the best smell ever. Used to solve HIPS filaments in 3D printing.
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[*] posted on 24-3-2015 at 07:30


D-limonene indeed has a good smell, it is like oranges.
When left in contact with air, however, it becomes thick, yellow and rancid, I think it is oxidized and forms polymeric species.




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[*] posted on 24-3-2015 at 07:32


If Limonene was on the list, i would have chosen this too!
I like the smell of all those terpenes, except citral which is a bit too lemonlike for me, but citronellal and citronellol are along with limonene among my favourite smelling chemicals :D
I consider it more as a reagent than solvent, but ive read of its usage in some plant (bark) extractions.
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[*] posted on 24-3-2015 at 07:46


Quote: Originally posted by woelen  

When left in contact with air, however, it becomes thick, yellow and rancid, I think it is oxidized and forms polymeric species.

No it doesn't form any polymers,
It oxidizes easily in moist air to produce carveol, carvone, and limonene oxide acc. Wikipedia.
Limonene at elevated temperatures cracks to form isoprene.




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[*] posted on 6-4-2015 at 17:43


Awww. Gee Whiz, fellas. It is obvious Toluene must be the best smelling. Hereabouts, ya gotta sign for it to buy it. They keep it locked up in the back room, on account of it being so popular. Folks pour it right out on rags, and hold the rags over their faces, in order to be able to smell-ify it better.
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[*] posted on 6-4-2015 at 17:46


I'm a tetrahydrofuran man through and through! edit - ahhh fresh from the still through the gored septa blasting into your face. Nothing quite like that.

Where's my THF freaks at?

[Edited on 7-4-2015 by smaerd]




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[*] posted on 11-4-2015 at 13:51


You people who said Xylene have got to be kidding, it just smells toxic. And I didnt think to put water... am I missing something does the whole world except me smell it?

[Edited on 11-4-2015 by szuko03]




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[*] posted on 15-4-2015 at 12:12


Xylene smells like shit its too heavy.

I bet u guys are masochists
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[*] posted on 15-4-2015 at 12:15


Quote: Originally posted by szuko03  
And I didnt think to put water... am I missing something does the whole world except me smell it?


No, it's just better to smell nothing at all than to smell pyridine, etc.




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[*] posted on 15-4-2015 at 12:48


Pure bromine isn't on this list...

And that makes me a sad chemist.




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[*] posted on 15-4-2015 at 13:14


Quote: Originally posted by elementcollector1  
Pure bromine isn't on this list...

And that makes me a sad chemist.

You use bromine as a solvent... ?




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[*] posted on 30-4-2015 at 11:45


Benzene definitely, has something "sci-fi/mysterious" Toluene is missing, can't describe. Too bad one should not sniff it for too long (not for a "kick", just the smell). The mother of aromatics has the smell it deserves:D

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[*] posted on 30-4-2015 at 11:51


Quote: Originally posted by szuko03  
You people who said Xylene have got to be kidding, it just smells toxic. And I didnt think to put water... am I missing something does the whole world except me smell it?

[Edited on 11-4-2015 by szuko03]


Water does have a smell to me, but I think it could be more than just sensory, but also associative as well.
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[*] posted on 30-4-2015 at 11:56


And congratulations... SM has decayed into the equivalent of Chemical Forums
I've only smelled water and ethanol, acetone and isopropanol. I voted water...




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[*] posted on 30-4-2015 at 18:56


Quote: Originally posted by The Volatile Chemist  
And congratulations... SM has decayed into the equivalent of Chemical Forums
I've only smelled water and ethanol, acetone and isopropanol. I voted water...


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