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Web Date: September 26, 2013

New Condensers Cool Solvent Without Flowing Water

Sustainable Chemistry: Chemists modify glassware to save water while running common reactions
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Green Chemistry
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: water conservation, condenser, sustainable chemistry, green chemistry

In a single reaction, synthetic chemists sometimes can run through hundreds of liters of water, possibly without realizing it. The culprit is their solvent condenser, a piece of glassware that uses flowing water to cool solvents refluxing in a reaction vessel. Now two groups of chemists have invented condensers that use little or no water to condense boiling solvents.

A typical condenser consists of a glass tube nested within another. Water flows between these two . . .

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