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ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 1 Issue 1 (1996), S1430-4171(96)01009-6

The Salting Out of Ethanol and Water

Eugene T. Smith

Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL 32901-6988, USA

Published online: 25 March 1996

Abstract. Water and ethanol are made immiscible by the addition of potassium carbonate. This effect can be visualized in a large lecture hall through the initial addition of a few drops of bromothymol blue and a drop of acid to a water/ethanol solution. After addition of potassium carbonate, the yellow solution separates into two phases, a colorless aqueous and blue organic phase. This demonstration can be used to introduce or illustrate the concept of intermolecular forces.

Key Words:  Laboratories and Demonstrations; salting out; intermolecular forces; acid/base reaction; immiscible; demonstration

(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: Smithg@roo.FIT.edu)

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Issue date: March 25, 1996

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