Tag - Solvents

What Is Chloroform?

Chloroform (CHCl3), also known as trichloromethane, is an organic and highly volatile compound that is produced both naturally and industrially. Previously used as an anaesthetic during surgery, and now as an industrial solvent in manufacturing chemicals, chloroform has a wide variety of applications. This article will explore the many aspects of chloroform, from how it is used and how...

What Is The Role Of A Solvent In A Chemical Reaction?

Chemical reactions involve the breaking and the joining of atomic bonds (ionic, covalent, polar, and hydrogen bonds) in which the role of a solvent is crucial.  About Atomic Bonds Ionic bond – using the transfer of an electron between atoms Covalent bond – sharing electrons between atoms (the most common type of atomic bond) Polar bond – where different atoms exert different attractions...

What’s The Difference Between Ethanol And Methanol?

Ethanol and methanol sound similar and look the same, and they are both types of alcohol. But that’s really where the similarities end. There are some very important differences between ethanol and methanol and they have different properties, uses, and effects. Mistaking the two can have potentially very harmful consequences. The main differences between ethanol and methanol are: Characteristic Ethanol Methanol Chemical formula Contains the...

Is Acetone Harmful?

Acetone, also known as 2-propanone, dimethyl ketone, and propanone, is a commonly used chemical both domestically and in industry and has a reputation for being a strong substance – but is it harmful? Acetone is mainly used as a solvent, chemical intermediate, and in household products such as furniture polish, rubbing alcohol, and nail varnish. It’s a clear, volatile...