Pure Silicon Dioxide from Sand

Introduction

Quartz is the second most common mineral in the surface of our planet. It also happens to be a crystalline form of Silicon Dioxide. The most common component of sand happens to be quartz. In this experiment we’re going to take sand, something everyone can get their hands on, and turn it into pure Silicon Dioxide that can be used in future chemical experiments.

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Synthesis of Lead(II) Nitrate

Introduction

Lead(II) Nitrate is a soluble compound of Lead, and so, a reliable source of Pb2+ ions. It is also an easy and interesting compound to make. I’m going to use it, in a future post, in an attempt to produce anhydrous Nitrogen Oxide gas (NO2/N2O4).

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