I used to do only theoretical chemistry and am rather new to applied chemistry as a hobby.
During my experiments, I tried (and failed) to produce pure potassium nitrate from ammonium nitrate and potassium hydroxide.
What happened is, that the ammonia gas (which was released from the reaction of ammonium ions and hydroxide ions) went into solution again, leaving me with a solution of ammonium nitrate and potassium hydroxide.
So I figured that the key of getting pure potassium nitrate is to have as little water as possible.
My thoughts on this are that I should have used saturated NH4
and KOH solutions?
What are your thoughts? Since chemistry is such an expensive hobby (at least on my budget), I'd like to avoid more mistakes
Thanks for your input!