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Chemistry General #1 Anonymous 09/27/2020 (Sun) 12:47:20 No. 3
First general dedicated to chemistry, chemical engineering and related topics. As long as it is for the most part related to chemistry: post interesting papers, discussions and problems.
Let's start of lightly: Will Any Crap We Put into Graphene Increase Its Electrocatalytic Effect? https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsnano.9b00184 Probably the best meta paper I've read so far.
All my chemicals have arrived last week. Syntheses are going swell, a little less yield than I had hoped but very much OK to start the rest of the steps.
>>55 Well shit, the NMR spectra did not look too great. My product is present, but there is acetone in it and the signal is really weak. I hope I can purify it some more, but this might be a problem for future syntheses. A not too shit yield of 75% though, which is good.
>>58 Product was pure but just contaminated. Washing helps a lot. Nearly finished my catalyst, just €1000 and 6 weeks later.
>>59 wet, not contaminated
Dried the catalyst and tested it. Currently waiting for the results but the cat itself looks great. Also made a modified version; 90% yield and excellent purity. Very productive week so far. Might try and analyze some plastic and the yellowing of the old Nintendo consoles since I have the ability anyways. Could be a fun side project; I posted this a while ago in the Infinity magazine thread but that anon vanished I think.
Shit's going awesome - nearly done with my final product. If it's a success, I can basically call it a day and just try different reagents. Nope, not at all. So much optimization to be done - but that's just sooth sailing from there on, just a fuckload more of testing. Hardware is also on the way, can't wait to give it a spin.

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