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Hello Chemistry Forums,

I am an aero student, so please go easy on me!

As part of my PhD I am required to be able to take samples of dust with a stick of crystalbond(https://www.agarscientific.com/crystalbond-adhesives), then apply a solvent (acetone) in order to dissolve the crystalbond and extract the dust. The problem is that doing this through a paper filter will start to trap dust in the pores of the filter and will leave me with much less sample than I really need (and the source is very sparse).

Does anyone know of a high yielding technique to extract the particles from the solvent? I have thought about using soxhlet but i dont know if it is the best way to attack the problem?

Thank you all for reading and have a great day


If one removes acetone via rotary evaporation, what will happen to the crystal bond?


--- Quote from: billnotgatez on June 18, 2021, 09:59:51 AM ---evaporation?

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--- Quote from: Babcock_Hall on June 18, 2021, 10:54:11 AM ---If one removes acetone via rotary evaporation, what will happen to the crystal bond?

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My suggestions are wild stabs at a possible answer to the problem and @Babcock_Hall  has rightly called me on them.

But in the spirit of wild debate

Suppose that the crystalbond goes into solution with the acetone.
Suppose the dust particles are then floating in the solution.
Suppose that the dust particles eventually settle to the bottom or are encouraged to go to the bottom via centrifuge.
Suppose that the liquid is evaporated and leaves behind the crystalbond and dust in distinct layers
Could one harvest the dust from the bottom.
Sounds too optimistic to me

another possibility is combination of crystalbond and acetone evaporates together
highly unlikely don't you think?

The suggestion by the OP of using a soxhlet to somehow tease away the crystalbond from the solution is up for discussion.

Thank you for your suggestions.

RotoVap might be a good call. The question posed by Babcock_Hall is an interesting one however and might need some testing.

The acetone would likely boil and evaporate rather quickly and whether or not the crystalbond volatilizes *with* the acetone/soon after would be also interesting. I think the problem of heating the round bottom flask is interesting also, since some of the minerals I want to analyse will possibly be affected by heating. How much heat would be applied?

We have tried using a simple paper filter and washing, but the slow drawdown of the acetone allowed some of the crystalbond to crystalize on the filter and stick the dust to the paper, rendering the extraction useless.

I might be in favour of centrifuging. How would people feel about that?


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