We test out a few 'urban chemical myth' type methods which are alleged to be able to produce cyanide salts, and perform some tests in order to see if the products do actually contain any appreciable level of cyanide.
We begin the start of a set of experiments to find out if hydrogen peroxide is a viable organic oxidising agent using a variety of catalysts and procedures. We also give a few thoughts on the events of the past month in relation to the termination of our YouTube channel.
We take a previously synthesised vanillin and nitroethane condensation product, and reduce this using sodium borohydride to create a vanillin-nitropropane compound. Do note that the further reduction product of this (if converted to an amine) would be non-pharmacologically active.
We react glycine with acetic anhydride to form acetylglycine, and then react this in a condensation reaction with vanillin to form an interesting heterocyclic oxazolone compound.
We perform a test of the nitroaldol reaction between benzaldehyde and nitroethane in order to see if plain old potassium hydroxide can act as a catalyst.
We condense vanillin and nitromethane in the presence of methylamine as a catalyst in the 'Henry' reaction to produce a vanillin nitrostyrene compound, and then recrystallise this.
We experiment with a new reducing agent, zinc in acetic acid, and see if this has the power to reduce an oxime to the corresponding amine.
We prepare a glyoxylate solution via an interesting reduction reaction between oxalic acid and magnesium metal. We then see if this can react with phenol in a reaction to produce a hydroxymandelic acid.
We take fresh lemons and perform a number of extractions to yield limonene and citric acid.
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Chemistry for home and amateur chemists. Follow our adventures on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ChemPlayer1.
In May 2015, two amateur-chemists decided to start filming their hobby and a journey of learning and discovery. Based at a secret island base location, they pieced together a small 'lab' fitting into a small cupboard in a spare kitchen, and filmed over 150 experiments in a "series 1" spanning inorganic, organic and every-day household chemistry.
In mid-2017 the pair sadly departed company to different corners of the world, with one intrepid experimenter determined to keep on the work with occasional videos. They vowed to come together again one day to do "series 2".
Their popular but controversial YouTube channel "ChemPlayer" was banned in April 2018 for crimes against narration, but has since moved here for your continued enjoyment.
The journey continues!