Making a simple perfume (orange blossom)

2011-03-27 17:45 by Ian

Every spring, the citrus trees in Arizona bloom. The blossoms are the origin of a volatile oil that smells wonderful. I decided to make a simple perfume from them. The girlfriend will approve.

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Nitrogen Triiodide

2010-06-29 07:42 by Ian

There are certain things that I would rather do for the first time on purpose, so I can avoid ever doing them on accident. Making nitrogen triiodide is one of these things.

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Inorganic flowers

2010-06-29 07:00 by Ian

I cleaned out my waste beakers last week. There was one in particular that had evaporated to dryness and left some interesting crystals.

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Mercury (II) Chloride

2010-05-22 21:35 by Ian

In an endeavor to make higher-purity mercury, I decided to reduce it from one of its salts. But first, I have to make and purify the salt.

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Preparation of bromoethane

2010-03-06 17:37 by Ian

This is an attempt to brominate a primary alcohol.

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Concentrating sulfuric acid (chiller test)

2010-03-06 14:34 by Ian

In my area, sulfuric acid can be purchased at automotive supply stores as battery electrolyte. This acid is useful as it stands, but higher concentrations are frequently required. This is the operation that was used to test the thermal load capacity of the coolant chiller.

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Extraction of ibuprofen from Advil tablets

2010-02-02 03:02 by Ian

After cleaning out a medicine cabinet in my house, I found a bottle of Advil tablets that was expired in 2007. As long as I was going to discard them, I decided to satisfy a curiosity about how they were constructed. This is my first attempt at isolation of ibuprofen from Advil gel-tabs.

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Mercury distillation

2009-08-26 20:30 by Ian

These are my lab notes and photos for the mercury distillation.

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Liquid metal

2009-08-20 10:44 by Ian

Picked up about 11.5kg of mercury yesterday and cleaned it up. This was my procedure and pictures of the results.

Cross-filed under photography because I took lots of photos of the mercury while I was cleaning it. The pictures can’t do it justice. The stuff is beautiful.

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The coolant chiller

2009-06-25 19:52 by Ian

For doing distillations and extractions using solvents with low boiling points (such as diethyl ether or chloroform), the coolant in the condenser must be below the temperature of tap water.

This is my solution to the problem of reliable sub-zero cooling.

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