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[*] posted on 21-12-2014 at 14:21


Just acquired a pump for my condenser, so I'll be doing a lot of reactions involving my distillation apparatus, as I can now use it with ease. Excited in that regards.



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[*] posted on 22-12-2014 at 09:03


I haven't been doing nearly enough chemistry lately. I just got off school for winter break a couple days ago, so I have a couple weeks available. I was thinking of making ethyl salicylate today.



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[*] posted on 22-12-2014 at 15:59


Quote: Originally posted by zts16  
I haven't been doing nearly enough chemistry lately. I just got off school for winter break a couple days ago, so I have a couple weeks available. I was thinking of making ethyl salicylate today.

Same, just got off too. How do you plan on making ethyl salicylate?




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[*] posted on 22-12-2014 at 16:56


Guess what, I'm on break too! I'm working on a synthesis of benzocaine, (p-nitrotoluene->p-nitrobenzoic acid->p-aminobenzoic acid->benzocaine). I might also make anthranilic acid, using o-nitrotoluene.

Oh, and I haven't forgotten about the OTC TEMPO challenge. I'm going to try a zinc amalgam reduction of the oxo compound.

[Edited on 23-12-2014 by Cheddite Cheese]




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[*] posted on 22-12-2014 at 23:43


Quote: Originally posted by Cheddite Cheese  
Guess what, I'm on break too! I'm working on a synthesis of benzocaine, (p-nitrotoluene->p-nitrobenzoic acid->p-aminobenzoic acid->benzocaine). I might also make anthranilic acid, using o-nitrotoluene.


[Edited on 23-12-2014 by Cheddite Cheese]


Lambdasyn has an excellent procedure on that; http://www.lambdasyn.org/synfiles/benzocain.htm. Will you post some picture and or notes on your experiences?
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[*] posted on 23-12-2014 at 05:59


Here is another excellent benzocaine write up, in German but still easy to follow or translate:

http://www.versuchschemie.de/topic,7754,-Benzocain.html
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[*] posted on 23-12-2014 at 12:33


That write up is beautiful.

Knowledge of German is hardly required.




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[*] posted on 23-12-2014 at 12:39


I haven't been doing much chemistry either, but this week or the next I'll have time to work on some big projects I've been planning for a while.
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[*] posted on 23-12-2014 at 13:46


Pyrolysing plastics ...

... followed by a LOT of glass cleaning, using up all of my toluene, and about 70% of my acetone too.

Makes a HUGE mess of the glassware.

Some bits are sitting overnight in H2SO4 +H2O2 in a desperate attempt to get rid of the gooey gunk.

This thread should be in Whimsy.

All of the other threads really encompass this one.




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[*] posted on 30-12-2014 at 15:48


Well, the ethyl salicylate that I mentioned in my last post didn't work out. Not sure exactly what went wrong, but I'm sure I probably made some silly mistake sometime during the process that messed it up.

Yesterday I distilled some nitric acid for the first time. I opted for the azeotropic concentration, and obtained a little over 100 mL. It's only slightly yellow. I'll probably use some for dissolving copper and lead, and I may possibly make some ETN, since tomorrow is one of the two days a year that one can detonate things without being questioned. ;)

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This thread should be in Whimsy.

All of the other threads really encompass this one.

I disagree. I feel like it's a good thread to just mention the little projects you happen to be working on, when they aren't worthy of a separate thread, just so people know you're still alive and doing chemistry. That's basically what my last couple of posts here have been.

[Edited on 12-30-2014 by zts16]




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[*] posted on 30-12-2014 at 16:04


I'll be in a lab course this quarter, hopefully I can do a little something with the lanthanides I'm buying...

I also hope to synth some tosyl chloride, just for fun.




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[*] posted on 30-12-2014 at 23:50


been producing some Ethyl ethanoate, will be doing some solvent cleaning up (toluene) and some other cool stuff.



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[*] posted on 2-1-2015 at 09:35


Quote: Originally posted by HeYBrO  
been producing some Ethyl ethanoate, will be doing some solvent cleaning up (toluene) and some other cool stuff.




How'd you make it?




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[*] posted on 2-1-2015 at 09:50


I went to a camp, then sprained my ankle on a half pipe the first day. Guess how that week went...:mad:


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[*] posted on 2-1-2015 at 16:14


Quote: Originally posted by The Volatile Chemist  
Quote: Originally posted by HeYBrO  
been producing some Ethyl ethanoate, will be doing some solvent cleaning up (toluene) and some other cool stuff.




How'd you make it?


With ethanol, acetic acid and sulphuric acid. I'm writing a prep on it for my blog, however i probably won't post it here due its trivial nature (unless people want me to post it)

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[*] posted on 3-1-2015 at 13:07


I'm almost done building a fume hood (it should be done within a week). I found a great blower motor at Ax-Man (a local surplus store) for $9.95, which is about 15% of what it's worth. The most expensive part was actually the acrylic front panel (I know acrylic isn't very chemical-resistant, but it was the only thing I could get for a sane price).



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[*] posted on 3-1-2015 at 13:30


I set some lithium on fire!

God, them fumes...




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[*] posted on 5-1-2015 at 03:46


Bought some Condy's crystals from the chemist and had a taste of my 20Kg bag of food grade citric acid... Maybe i should make ridiculously sour lollies.



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[*] posted on 5-1-2015 at 07:38


Quote: Originally posted by Pasrules  
Bought some Condy's crystals from the chemist and had a taste of my 20Kg bag of food grade citric acid... Maybe i should make ridiculously sour lollies.


20kg of citric acid? Wow, that is a lot. I have some, but only a 500 grams.

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[*] posted on 5-1-2015 at 07:59


I have successfully run a ketene lamp for 14 hours now and I have almost 200ml of raw acetic anhydride starting from about 40ml of tap water and $12/gal technical acetone. So far about 400ml pyrolyzed, scrubbed, and bubbled into the water, which has quadrupled in volume. A resounding success as evidenced by extremely strong acetic acid smell in initial cuts.

Video coming soon, following the carbon monoxide special.




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[*] posted on 5-1-2015 at 08:05


That's awesome! Acetic anhydride is one of the few chemicals I refuse to make or own, there's too many laws around it, and too many poppies growing in my garden. Can't wait for the video though!
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[*] posted on 5-1-2015 at 08:19


I have been slowly gathering materials to make a tesla coil. Hopefully I can start building soon.
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[*] posted on 5-1-2015 at 10:11


Quote: Originally posted by Tdep  
That's awesome! Acetic anhydride is one of the few chemicals I refuse to make or own, there's too many laws around it, and too many poppies growing in my garden. Can't wait for the video though!


...why are you growing poppies in your garden?




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[*] posted on 5-1-2015 at 14:40


Quote: Originally posted by Brain&Force  
Quote: Originally posted by Tdep  
That's awesome! Acetic anhydride is one of the few chemicals I refuse to make or own, there's too many laws around it, and too many poppies growing in my garden. Can't wait for the video though!


...why are you growing poppies in your garden?

Why not? Besides, so often they are left over by past owners.
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I have been slowly gathering materials to make a tesla coil. Hopefully I can start building soon.

Sounds interesting! You aught to post some pictures!




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[*] posted on 5-1-2015 at 17:55


Lately I have been writing a book and you tube videos will follow.

It's just basic chemicals that can be made to sterilize things for use in case of social break down.

While these methods are great for most things even E.coli. I have learned that it does jack for staphylococcus aureus. I havn't figured out anything as of yet that will kill this bacteria.

I think next I may have to see if any clorine compound would work.




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