Tag - Solvents

What Is The Role Of A Solvent In A Chemical Reaction?

Chemical reactions involve the breaking and the joining of atomic bonds (ionic, covalent, polar, and hydrogen bonds) in which the role of a solvent is crucial.  About Atomic Bonds Ionic bond - using the transfer of an electron between atoms Covalent bond - sharing electrons between atoms (the most common type of atomic bond) Polar bond - where different atoms...

What’s The Difference Between Ethanol And Methanol?

Ethanol and methanol sound similar and look the same, and they are both types of alcohol. But that’s really where the similarities end. There are some very important differences between ethanol and methanol and they have different properties, uses, and effects. Mistaking the two can have potentially very harmful consequences. The main differences between ethanol and methanol are: Characteristic Ethanol Methanol Chemical formula Contains the...

Is Acetone Harmful?

Acetone, also known as 2-propanone, dimethyl ketone, and propanone, is a commonly used chemical both domestically and in industry and has a reputation for being a strong substance – but is it harmful? Acetone is mainly used as a solvent, chemical intermediate, and in household products such as furniture polish, rubbing alcohol, and nail varnish. It’s a clear, volatile liquid...

Is Ethanol Hazardous?

Ethanol is a strongly-smelling, volatile, flammable liquid - so yes, the short answer is that ethanol is hazardous! Ethanol was first discovered as a by-product of fermenting alcohol, has been used in chemistry since the 1850s, and due to its versatility is now widely used in industry and homes around the world. Despite being common and having myriad uses, ethanol...