nitrous351 (Newbee)
06-24-03 06:28
No 442099
      Mystery drying agent?  Bookmark   

I need some help with this please... I have access to a dessiccant (free), but I don't know what it is. It comes in a rectangular, sealed brown pouch. The beads inside are off-white/grey, and some of them are blue (indicator). I know it's dessiccant because I use it in a machine to prevent ice buildup in sub-zero temperatures. The texture of the beads is a lot like chalk...they're not smooth like silica beads. I put about 200g in a plastic bucket, and poured about 200 mL of water on top. The resulting reaction was exothermic, with the evolution of a white gas (hydrogen gas). The blue beads turned grey, and the off-white beads turned brownish. Anybee have any ideas what my mystery drying agent is? If nobee can identify it, does anybee think it would be safe to try in a dream for the crystallization of mdma from xylene? Thanks...
PS- there are no labels on the pouches...just lot numbers and such.
EDIT: ok after some intense searching, I found out I have some molecular sieve 4 angstrom. I read rhodium's post on drying agents, and the links he gave, but no direct answers for this question: is this material safe to use for the crystallization in xylene? ie, will it react chemically (other than with the water?)If it can be used, do I just add it in small bits til the solution is no longer cloudy (since they're beads they won't clump) thanks peace

D.A.R.E. = Drugs Are Really Exciting
(Chef d'Equippe)
06-26-03 04:30
No 442584
      Why don't you just spend $2 on some epson...  Bookmark   

Why don't you just spend $2 on some epson salts and forget that other crap.

Shoot Narcs, Not Drugs
(Chief Bee)
06-26-03 04:34
No 442587
      Molecular sieves  Bookmark   

Molecular sieves is one of the best drying agents you can get, and it is completely reusable (heat them to 250C for 2h).
I highly reccommend it for your non-polar solvents (unless they are really wet (as in >1%), then you should pre-dry them with MgSO4 first (xylene will always have less than 1% water, or it will sink to the bottom).

The molecular sieves does not react with anything, it works because it is full of tiny pores, which are of the perfect size to trap water molecules, but not any larger organics (such as xylene). I cannot guarantee that the indicator dye will not leach, so if the beads are large enough for it to be feasible, pick out the blue beads first.
(Hive Bee)
06-26-03 06:16
No 442608
      thanks...  Bookmark   

I don't want to spend the extra $2 for salts because it's really more than $2. My time is worth something too right? If I use epsom salts, I have to put them in the oven, then break up the cake, then store them in an acetone/heat-dried jar, etc... Why go through all that when I have free access to molecular sieves, which are better? Thanks for your help da man! peace

D.A.R.E. = Drugs Are Really Exciting
(Hive Bee)
06-26-03 14:15
No 442667
      Preparing Mol Sieves for 1st use...  Bookmark   

Do Molecular Sieves need to be heated prior to initial use, or just to regenerate them after they've been used? I've got a sealed 2.5 kilo container of 4A sieves which, if I'm not mistaken, are useful for drying air and non-polar solvents. 3A sieves dry alcohols. Having 3A & 4A sieves on hand, it seems, would handle most bees drying needs.
     Rhodium, thanks for the tip on pre-drying very wet solvents. If my question has been answered already I appologize, but I sure have searched high and low for info on this topic.
(Chief Bee)
06-26-03 15:29
No 442678
      Pre-activation of new molecular sieves  Bookmark   

Usually you don't need to pre-activate new sieves, unless you need to dry solvents for Grignard reactions or other organometallic purposes... It's definitely okay if you just want to use the solvents for gassing.
06-30-03 19:58
No 443546
      Leach!  Bookmark   

Ive heard that they will also take in the color of your ketone,making it a  weaker yellow color.Will this have any effect on the final product?tongue

Yes,I can make some sweet honey baby,wont you just let me come in.-GD
(Resident Smart Assium)
07-01-03 08:14
No 443683
      The way to tell if your sieves are good is to...  Bookmark   

The way to tell if your sieves are good is to put a few in the palm of your hand and let a single drop of water fall onto them. You should feel a brief surge of heat. If the sieves are really dry, it will almost be painful, but only for a second. Don't remember who, but somebody here at the Hive (props to you!) recommended this method. I tried it, and it works. Water-saturated sieves will not create any heat when you do this.

>I've got a sealed 2.5 kilo container of 4A sieves which,
>if I'm not mistaken, are useful for drying air and non-polar solvents.
>3A sieves dry alcohols.

I don't think this is true.

The "A" means "angstroms", or wavelength (), and refers to the pore size of the sieve. Pore size determines which size molecules will be "sucked up".

For example, 3 sieves are used to absorb water because the water molecule is 3 or less in size, I believe. You would use them to remove water from solvents OR gases. Similarly, 4 sieves would be useful for absorbing molecules that are larger than water (alcohols maybe? I'm not sure).

Somebody will correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure you want to use 3 sieves to remove water from anything -- solvents, free-bases, gases, etc.
(Hive Bee)
07-01-03 18:04
No 443797
      shit  Bookmark   

According to this link, Buster is correct. I guess the 4A's would pick up water, but would the pores bee so big that they would pick up my product?

D.A.R.E. = Drugs Are Really Exciting
(Hive Bee)
07-01-03 21:18
No 443819
      mol sieve info  Bookmark   

I found the following information online concerning what can be dried with what molecular sieve... hope it helps.

-Typical Applications for Molecular Sieve

TYPE 3A: Potassium Ion with pore diameter of 3 Angstroms

ORGANIC LIQUIDS: Acetone, Acetonitrile, Methanol, Ethanol, 2-Propanol

GASES: Acetylene, Carbon Dioxide, Ammonia, Propylene, Butadiene,

Cracked Gas

TYPE 4A: Sodium Ion with pore diameter of 4 Angstroms

ORGANIC LIQUIDS: Chloroform, Dichloromethane, Diethyl Ether,

Dimethylformamide, Ethyl Acetate, Cyclohexane, Benzene, Toluene,

Xylene, Pyridine, Diisopropyl Ether

GASES: Natural Gas, Low pressure Air Drying

TYPE 5A: Calcium Ion with pore diameter of 5 Angstroms

ORGANIC LIQUIDS: Tetrahydrofuran, Dioxane

TYPE 13X: Sodium Ion with pore diameter of 10 Angstroms

GASES: Air plant feed purification to remove water and carbon dioxide simultaneously, Cracked Gas
(Hive Addict)
07-09-03 10:49
No 445805
      molecular sieves  Bookmark   

I was checking a new chem supplier for prices of 0.4 nm molecular sieves, and noticed that they offered several forms of it:

- powder
- 1.6 mm pellets
- 3.2 mm pellets
- beads (with or without moisture indicator)

Does one form offer a certain advantage over the other, or is it just another way of draining more money from clients?

The faster you suck, the quicker it squirts.
(Chief Bee)
07-09-03 23:42
No 445949
      mol sieves powder/pellet difference  Bookmark   

The powder is "faster" as it has a larger surface area, but the larger pellets are easier to handle (you simply decant your solvent from these, as opposed to filter the powder off).
(Hive Bee)
07-10-03 03:30
No 445994
      exothermic? why  Bookmark   

The way to tell if your sieves are good is to put a few in the palm of your hand and let a single drop of water fall onto them. You should feel a brief surge of heat. If the sieves are really dry, it will almost be painful, but only for a second

     What causes this exothermic, evolution?  I will try this first thing in the morning.  I have been wondering this for a while?  I am probably just silly.  But I can not figure what would cause the heat.... cool

     Unipolar Mania, It's good for life... laugh
(Active Asperger Archivist)
07-10-03 07:37
No 446074
      Heat of hydration  Bookmark   

the heat is caused by the formation of adducts between the sieve and water.  weak (most of the time) bonds are formed between the drying material and the water, this is how the water is held, making it possible to remove water (nearly) completely.

Act quickly or not at all.
(Hive Bee)
07-11-03 20:56
No 446443
      OOOUCH!!!  Bookmark   

Thank you, Aurelius, I just tried ~10-15 4 Angstrom seives in the palm of my hand, and dripped ~5mL of water into the palm of my hand and there was some serious heat to be felt, after about three seconds I had to fling them out of my hand it was so hot.
     I know I am easily amused, wink Thanks for the lesson in heat of hydration.  Very interesting.... cool

     Unipolar Mania, It's good for life... laugh
(I'm Yust a Typo)
07-11-03 22:27
No 446449
      Molsieves get hot for the same reason ...  Bookmark   

Molsieves get hot for the same reason dissolving h2so4 in water (or dissolving naoh in water) is exothermic: bond formation. Formation of a lot of hydrogen bonds yields a lot of energy.