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Abstract Volume 17 (2012) pp 098-099
DOI 10.1007/s00897122422a

Are All Types of Sublimation Equivalent?

Vladimir Petruševski*,†, Marina Stojanovska, and Bojan Šoptrajanov

Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Ss Cyril & Methodius University, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia,; Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Received March 27, 2012. Accepted May 16, 2012.

Published: 8 June 2012

Abstract. The process of sublimation is defined unequally in various chemistry sources. Its standard definition is, in a way, analogous to that for evaporation. However, there is no special term for the sublimation equivalent to boiling! Being so, one should perhaps not be surprised that a number of misconceptions related to sublimation, (especially sublimation of iodine) exist. Here we make an attempt to explain the desirability of introducing a new term such as bolimation, for the special type of sublimation that is analogous to boiling, and hope it might help fighting the old and persistent misconception about iodine only subliming but not melting at atmospheric pressure.

Key Words: In the Classroom; general chemistry; bolimation; sublimation; evaporation; boiling; misconceptions; iodine

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