Uses of Isopropanol

Uses of Isopropanol

Isopropanol –also known as isopropyl alcohol – is a colourless highly flammable solution with a strong odour. With the formula C3H7OH, it’s the simplest secondary alcohol with the carbon atom in the hydroxyl group (-OH) attached to two methyl groups (-CH3). To reflect this structure, the formula can be written as … [Read more...]

How is Potassium Permanganate Used to Treat Koi?

How is Potassium Permanganate Used to Treat Koi?

The effects of potassium permanganate (KMnO4) to treat koi’s external parasites have been known for over 200 years, but this product can be very dangerous to the fish if not used correctly. If you google it, you’ll find many accounts of very high doses applied to a pond, consequently killing all the fish. Potassium … [Read more...]

What are Researchers Doing to Stop the Ebola Outbreak?

What are Researchers Doing to Stop the Ebola Outbreak?

The latest Ebola outbreak is already considered to be the worst since the disease was first identified in 1976. In previous outbreaks, careful containment regulations have successfully stopped the spread of the virus, maintaining the number of infected to only a few hundred per year. This time however the virus is … [Read more...]

Uses of Phosphoric Acid: from fertiliser to anti-nausea medication

Uses of Phosphoric Acid: from fertiliser to anti-nausea medication

In simple terms, you can say phosphoric acid is a weak inorganic acid with the formula H3PO4. However, it’s not as simple as it may seem … and phosphoric acid needs to be seen as a family and not an individual compound. In this family, the simplest “member” is referred to as orthophosphoric acid and it represents a … [Read more...]

How Big is your Electronic Footprint?

How Big is your Electronic Footprint?

It’s so easy to forget when you get a new shiny phone, what can be lurking inside this cool polished look. The fact that some toxic compounds are used in the manufacture of electronic devices is not new. For example, in 2011, 137 Chinese workers needed hospitalisation to treat n-hexane poisoning, after complaining of sweaty … [Read more...]