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Re: asbestos
« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2013, 02:23:31 AM »
As has already been said, what reacts with silicates such as asbestos?
Hint: it is used for etching glass.

If that doesn't work then melt it down into a glass, but that's not a chemical method.
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Re: asbestos
« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2013, 10:29:22 AM »
HF but how does this change the structure

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Re: asbestos
« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2013, 01:06:00 PM »
Presumably HF will react with the complex magnesium silicates to give magnesium fluorides, silica and fluorides of any other element in the structure.
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Re: asbestos
« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2013, 01:43:18 PM »
Ok thank you. If you wouldn't mind taking a look at the 2 other posts I made in inorganic chemistry (unstable oxidation state and pourbaix diagrams) I would appreciate it since you seem to know what you're talking about

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Re: asbestos
« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2013, 02:04:40 PM »
I'll look, but my speciality is organic chemistry.
You could look here for the chemical structures.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asbestos
This may help you see how they could react with HF
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