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What Are the Uses of Glycerin?

Last week we took a look at the structure and production of glycerin, and how this everyday substance is also found in dynamite. Today, we’re talking about its many uses and how different industries utilise the properties of this multi-dimensional liquid. Glycerin is a sugar-alcohol with the chemical formula C3H8O3. While this is remarkably similar to the structure of isopropyl...

What Is Glycerin?

It’s in our food, our moisturisers, our cars and even our rockets. We’re talking about glycerin, of course, and today we’re looking into its structure, how it’s made and even its role in dynamite. Glycerin was discovered by Carl Wilhelm Scheele in 1783. Even then, it was immediately known for its characterising sweet taste. Scheele even referred to it as...

What Do % V/V, % W/W and % W/V Mean?

When buying chemical products online, you will notice that the concentrations are either marked as v/v, w/w or w/v. These are common expressions, so what do they mean exactly? % V/V Volume concentration of a solution is expressed as % v/v, which stands for volume per volume. This is used when both chemicals in a solution are liquid. For example, when...

How is Ethanol Converted into Ethanoic Acid?

Ethanol (CH3CH2OH) is the primary alcohol that is used in alcoholic drinks and denatured alcohol. Among its many applications, it is used to form ethanoic acid which is most popularly found in a kitchen essential: vinegar. What is Ethanoic Acid? Ethanoic acid (CH3COOH), also known as acetic acid, is the most typical example of a carboxylic acid. A versatile chemical recognised...

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At the Chemistry Blog, we want to inform and educate people about chemistry, the chemical industry, and the uses, benefits, and applications of chemicals. You'll find plenty of chemical information here, from how to remove sticky labels with rubbing alcohol to the differences between distilled and deionised water.