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[*] posted on 20-4-2014 at 15:31


I spayed the awful smelling stuff into a beaker up to 50ml. It was hard to keep it in the container well I was spraying but I got it all into the beaker. Any way I used a wash bottle filled with water to add water into the beaker and as I expected it formed two layers. The bottom one was diethyl ether and water, the other was heptane.

Heptane won't mix with the water but the ether will right?

Am I right?

If I am then I can distill or salt out the ether and use the heptane after drying?
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[*] posted on 20-4-2014 at 15:50


Diethyl ether is not miscible with water, and neither is heptane. Distilling will, however, work perfectly for this! Just don't use an open flame or approach the flash point ;).

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[*] posted on 20-4-2014 at 16:56


See the fourth post in this thread, by garage chemist. Just fractionate the starting fluid.
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