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Gases and Non-polar Solvents


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This morning I was heating up a large pan of oil and I noticed that when the oil got to a certain heat, small bubbles of gas would form on the bottom of the pan and rise to the top as water does when it boils. This confused me a little as I always assumed gases cannot dissolve in non polar solvents. Does anyone know what was going on?

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Air can dissolve in oil and non-polar solvents. For example, sodium is sometimes used to store sodium, but the sodium can still slowly oxidize because oxygen from the air can dissolve in the oil.

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