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[*] posted on 24-10-2015 at 16:04


Quote: Originally posted by mayko  
Chloromethylethers, from the reaction of formaldehyde and hydrochloric acid, have always struck me as a disaster lying in wait for a home chemist.


Am in 100% agreement, the reagents are ubiquitous, and the hazards of this mixture are the scariest thing this side of dioxin. And both reactants are among the small molecules likely to be generated in situ as reaction by-products in other transformations, further complicating the picture.

This mixture is my nomination for the most dangerous, easily accessible mixture around, and one that has undoubtedly killed more people than we'll ever know, across a range of industries.



[Edited on 25-10-2015 by Dan Vizine]





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[*] posted on 25-10-2015 at 14:08


Phosphorus pentoxide and wet solvents.
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