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What Does Sodium Hydroxide React With?

Sodium hydroxide (NaOH) is a strongly basic organic compound that is also very hygroscopic. Also known as caustic soda or lye, it reacts with a number of compounds to produce very different results. Dissolving in Water Sodium hydroxide ionises when it is dissolved in water. While this may not necessarily be a chemical reaction, it is an important characteristic of how [...]

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What is Sodium Hydroxide?

Also known as caustic soda or lye, sodium hydroxide is a diverse chemical compound that is used in the manufacture of everyday products like soaps, detergents and paper. It was even used by a famous serial killer to help destroy the evidence… Properties Sodium hydroxide is an inorganic, white solid that is strongly alkaline. As an ionic compound, it is comprised [...]

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What is the Difference Between Propan-1-ol and Propan-2-ol?

Propan-1-ol and propan-2-ol are both alcohols that share the same general chemical formula (C3H8O), so what is the difference between them exactly? It all comes down to their atomic arrangement and how the hydroxyl group is positioned. In a nutshell, the difference between propan-1-ol and propan-2-ol is the position of their respective hydroxyl (-OH) groups. Propan-1-ol has an –OH [...]

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How Does Sodium Thiosulphate Cure Cyanide Poisoning?

Sodium thiosulphate (Na2S2O3) is considered one of the most important medicines in the health system because of its ability to treat rare diseases, like pityriasis versicolour, calciphylaxis and, most famously, cyanide poisoning. Cyanide poisoning is very rare yet very sinister. It works by depriving cells of oxygen which leads to the death of critical cells. The properties of sodium thiosulphate [...]

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