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shocked.gif posted on 6-12-2009 at 10:59
Bubbles in Sodium

I have 50g of sodium metal in mineral oil in a glass jar with a plastic lid. It always gets bubbles inside it on the bottom surface of the sodium and every few days I have to shake them out.

How do I stop the bubbles? Should I replace the mineral oil with oil that has been dehydrated? Or will all the residual water be eventually consumed?

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[*] posted on 6-12-2009 at 11:38

It will eventually be consumed, but you may not want to use the sodium to dry it all out.
Maybe try heating some oil in a vac to get out all of the water present?

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