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About Hephaestus

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    The University of Sydney, PhD Chemistry
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  2. Can we clean up this thread to keep it to topic? Is a very useful idea!
  3. many water agers do contain large amounts of bacteria which convert the ammonia into nitrite/nitrate. Not sure what else could do it. EDTA would not.
  4. Sulfuric acid Hydrazine sodium nitrite Bromine 4,4-azopyridine chromium trioxide ruthenium cobalt nitrate selenium vanadium oxide
  5. Can make some Prussian Blue blueprints, "canned heat" - dissolve CaCl2 in minimum water, add alcohol and it gels. Burn the gel.
  6. or, the cheaper option, go buy some from your local supermart impure and distaill. heck even purchase in bulk from a perfume supplier. nice detail though, and would cost a lot!
  7. Hi from Sydney, designed, synthesised and investigated the host-guest interactions and exchange properties of nanoporous molecular materials. If that makes sense to anyone. Was honours and then PhD project. Finished last year.
  8. Not interested in the economical prep of acetone. Just nice to say Ï've done that. Would you believe all those oxidants are now illegal for purchase by individual in Australia without licence. Not hard to make though, and got plenty. Anaerobic digestion of tartaric acid by microbes yields butanoic acid. Does citric acid get converted to anything interesting?
  9. Whats the voltage you need to make acetone? Interesting.
  10. Add vinegar to milk to precipitate out the protein. Squeeze this dry and you can turn this into a mouldable "plastic". An excellent old book if you can find it is "Chemistry at home for boys and girls"
  11. Make a stink- buy some tartaric acid or cream of tartar. Dissolve say 1g in 100mL of water. Place in a sealed vessel. Place in a peice of badly aged cheese, seal up the vessel and leave in a warm, dark place for a week or so. Open up the vessel and whiff- the bacteria in the cheese (works best with parmesan, romano and bluevein) have converted the tartaric acid to butanoic acid.
  12. Also, mechanically, a bubble cannot form without a surface to form on. In order for a bubble to stabilise and grow, it needs to build up a certain internal pressure. Any solid object, and especially one with sharp corners will catalyse / initiate and stabilise the formation of a bubble. The stronger the adhesive forces between the surface and the bubbling liquid, relative to the cohesive forces of attraction within the liquid, the easier to bubbles will form.
  13. NaBH4 + HCl -> B2H6 B2H6 + NH3 ->(300C) borazine (inorganic benzene) Dont want to waste the sodium borohydride, but I tried yesterday it and it worked. Product decomposes in water though. Keep you all posted on other B expts.
  14. So, theres some 50mL of old Radium paint lying nearby. How much radium you think is in that? Grandpa's old dial making odds and ends are stored in handy reach. I'd never want to attempt this prep though.
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