5 Uses of Sodium Hypochlorite

5 Uses of Sodium Hypochlorite

The most common use for Sodium chlorite (NaClO) may be as bleach, but it is certainly not the only one. Other examples include cleaning water and disinfection for the treatment of eczema, to name just a few.  How is it produced? In 1789, Claude Berthollet was the first to synthesise potassium chloride (KClO) by mixing … [Read more...]

Is it Time for Fake Tan?

Is it Time for Fake Tan?

On one of our recent blogs, we looked at the chemistry of the sun. However, we all know how too much of it can be dangerous, which means a natural tan without the aid of any products is totally out of the question. If you’re looking for “the look” (more importantly without risking your health), then some sunless tanner may … [Read more...]

Use of Sodium Chlorate as Weed Killer

Use of Sodium Chlorate as Weed Killer

With the formula NClO3, sodium chlorate forms white crystals highly hygroscopic and easily dissolved in water. It's stable at room temperature, but it decomposes at high temperatures (above 300 degree Celsius) to generate sodium chloride (NaCl) and free oxygen. Industrially, this compound is produced via an electrolysis … [Read more...]

The Chemistry of the Sun

The Chemistry of the Sun

Just about all of us will be looking for it this summer …. It makes us feel happy and eat ice-cream! It gives a tan that is the envy of our friends! In fact, at a much more fundamental level, we could not live without it … no, not the ice-cream … the sun! But how much do you know about this vital star? I think it’s … [Read more...]

Hazards of Dichloromethane

Hazards of Dichloromethane

Dichloromethane – also referred to as methylene chloride or DCM for short – forms a colourless and volatile solution with a sweet smell. This halogenated aliphatic organic compound, with the formula CH2Cl2, may not be easily miscible with water but miscibility with a wide range of other solutions make it a popular solvent … [Read more...]