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Experiment # 7:

Experiment # 7: Preparation of Picric- Acid Date: 07, December 2010 Muhammad Usman (2008-chem-02-B)
Experiment # 7: Preparation of Picric- Acid Date: 07, December 2010 Muhammad Usman (2008-chem-02-B)
Experiment # 7: Preparation of Picric- Acid Date: 07, December 2010 Muhammad Usman (2008-chem-02-B)

Preparation of Picric- Acid

Date: 07, December 2010

Experiment # 7: Preparation of Picric- Acid Date: 07, December 2010 Muhammad Usman (2008-chem-02-B)

Muhammad Usman

(2008-chem-02-B)

Water:

It is a non-hazardous compound.

Water: It is a non-hazardous compound. Environmentally safe: Water is an essential part of life. Life

Environmentally safe:

Water is an essential part of life. Life cannot be sustained without water. Food & eatables contain some amount of water in them. It is a non- hazardous compound.

Water

Oxidane

IUPAC name

Other names

Hydrogen oxide Dihydrogen monoxide Hydrogen monoxide Hydroxylic acid Hydrogen hydroxide

R-718

Oxygen dihydride Oxygen hydride Oxane

Structure

R-718 Oxygen dihydride Oxygen hydride Oxane Structure Molecular formula H 2 O Molar mass 18.0152833 gmol
R-718 Oxygen dihydride Oxygen hydride Oxane Structure Molecular formula H 2 O Molar mass 18.0152833 gmol

Molecular formula

H 2 O

Molar mass

18.0152833 gmol -1

Appearance

Oxygen dihydride Oxygen hydride Oxane Structure Molecular formula H 2 O Molar mass 18.0152833 gmol -
 

1000

kg m -3 (liquid)

Density

917

kg m -3 (solid)

Melting point

0 o C

Boiling point

99.98

o C

Acidity (P ka )

15.74

Basicity (P kb )

15.74

Viscosity

0.001

Pa.S (20 o C)

3. Phenol:

Viscosity 0.001 Pa.S (20 o C) 3. Phenol : Properties of Phenol : Corrosive : Phenol
Viscosity 0.001 Pa.S (20 o C) 3. Phenol : Properties of Phenol : Corrosive : Phenol

Properties of Phenol:

Corrosive:

Phenol is a corrosive substance. It is a slightly acidic compound. Care should be taken while handling phenol because it can damage to skin and clothing.

Toxic:

Phenol and its vapors are corrosive to the eyes, the skin, and the respiratory tract. Inhalation of phenol vapor may cause lung problems. The substance may cause harmful effects on the central nervous system and heart. The kidneys may be affected as well. Exposure may result in death and the effects may be delayed. Long-term or repeated exposure of the substance may have harmful effects on the liver and kidneys." There is no evidence to believe that phenol causes cancer in humans.

IUPAC name

Hydroxybenzene

Other names

Carbolic Acid, Benzenol, Phenylic Acid, Hydroxybenzene, Phenic acid, Phenyl alcohol

Structure

Structure
Structure

Molecular formula

 

C

6 H 6 O

Molar mass

 

94.11 gmol -1

Appearance

 
Appearance  

Density

1.07 g cm 3

 

Melting point

314

k

Boiling point

455

k

Solubility in water

8.3 g/100 ml (20 o C)

 

Acidity (P ka )

9.95

Flash point

79 o C

 

1. Nitric acid:

1. Nitric acid: Toxic : Fumes from concentrated nitric acid are very damaging if inhaled Corrosive

Toxic:

Fumes from concentrated nitric acid are very damaging if inhaled

from concentrated nitric acid are very damaging if inhaled Corrosive : Concentrated and moderately concentrated

Corrosive:

Concentrated and moderately concentrated solutions are very corrosive and can cause serious skin damage

are very corrosive and can cause serious skin damage Oxidant: Contact with the eyes can cause

Oxidant:

Contact with the eyes can cause serious long-term damage.

Properties of Nitric acid:

IUPAC Name

Nitric acid

Other names

Oxoazinic acid

Aqua fortis

Salpetre acid

Spirit of nitre

Appearance

Colorless liquid

Appearance Colorless liquid

Structure

Structure
Structure

Molecular formula

 

HNO 3

Molar mass

63.012 g mol -1

Density

1.5129 g cm -3

Melting point

 

-42 o C

Boiling point

 

83 o C

Solubility in water

 

Miscible

Acidity (P ka )

 

-1.4

Flash point

Non-flammable

Sulphuric acid:

  -1.4 Flash point Non-flammable Sulphuric acid: Corrosive: It is a strongly corrosive compound as it
  -1.4 Flash point Non-flammable Sulphuric acid: Corrosive: It is a strongly corrosive compound as it

Corrosive:

It is a strongly corrosive compound as it readily oxidizes anything.

Dangerous to Environment:

Although sulfuric acid is non-flammable, contact with metals in the event of a spillage can lead to the liberation of hydrogen gas. The dispersal of acid aerosols and gaseous sulfur dioxide is an additional hazard of fires involving sulfuric acid.

Very toxic: Sulfuric acid is not considered toxic besides its obvious corrosive hazard, and the

Very toxic:

Sulfuric acid is not considered toxic besides its obvious corrosive hazard, and the main occupational risks are skin contact leading to burns and the inhalation of aerosols. Exposure to aerosols at high concentrations leads to immediate and severe irritation of the eyes, respiratory tract and mucous membranes.

Properties of sulfuric acid:

IUPAC name

Sulfuric acid

Other names

Oil of vitriol

Structure

name Sulfuric acid Other names Oil of vitriol Structure Molecular formula H 2 SO 4 Molar
name Sulfuric acid Other names Oil of vitriol Structure Molecular formula H 2 SO 4 Molar

Molecular formula

H 2 SO 4

Molar mass

98.06 g/gmol

Appearance

formula H 2 SO 4 Molar mass 98.06 g/gmol Appearance Density 1.84 g/cm 3 (liquid) Melting
formula H 2 SO 4 Molar mass 98.06 g/gmol Appearance Density 1.84 g/cm 3 (liquid) Melting

Density

1.84 g/cm 3 (liquid)

Melting point

10 o C

Boiling point

337 o C

Solubility in water

Miscible

Acidity (P ka )

-3

Viscosity

26.7 cP (20 o C)

Flash point

Non- flammable

2. Ethanol:

(20 o C) Flash point Non- flammable 2. Ethanol: Harmful : Pure Ethanol will irritate the
(20 o C) Flash point Non- flammable 2. Ethanol: Harmful : Pure Ethanol will irritate the

Harmful:

Pure Ethanol will irritate the skin and eyes. Nausea, vomiting and intoxication are symptoms of ingestion. Long term use by ingestion can result in serious liver damage. Death from Ethyl alcohol consumption is possible when blood alcohol level reaches 0.4%. A blood level of 0.5% or more is commonly fatal. Levels of even less than 0.1% can cause intoxication, with unconsciousness often occurring at 0.30.4%

Highly flammable:

It has a flash point of 13 o C. It can readily catch fire. So care should be taken while handling it because its combustion products include Acetaldehyde which is a strongly carcinogenic substance. However, ethanol itself is not cancer causing.

Properties of Ethanol:

IUPAC Name

Ethanol

Other names

Absolute alcohol Drinking alcohol Ethyl alcohol Ethyl hydrate Grain alcohol Hydroxy-Ethane

Appearance

Colorless liquid

Appearance Colorless liquid

Structure

Structure
Structure

Molecular formula

C

2 H 6 O

Molar mass

46.07 g mol -1

Density

0.789 g cm -3

Melting point

 

-114.3 o C

Boiling point

 

78.4 o C

Solubility in water

 

Miscible

Acidity (P ka )

 

15.9

Flash point

 

13 o C

Auto-ignition temperature

 

422 o C

Preparation of picric acid

Chemicals Required:

1.

C 2 H 5 OH

2.

HNO 3 (concentrated)

3.

H 2 SO 4 (Concentrated)

5.

Phenol

4.

Distilled water

Apparatus:

 

1.

Pipette

2.

Stirring rod

3.

Filter paper

4.

Funnel

5.

Ice bath

6.

Beaker

Chemical Reaction:

C 6 H 5 OH(s) + H 2 SO 4 (l)

Procedure:

C 6 H 5 OH(s) + H 2 SO 4 (l) Procedure: HO-C 6 H 4

HO-C 6 H 4 -SO 3 H + HNO 3 (aq)

Procedure: HO-C 6 H 4 -SO 3 H + HNO 3 (aq) C 6 H 3

C 6 H 3 N 3 O 7

1. 25grams of powdered phenol are added to a 250ml beaker containing 31.25ml (57.81g) of concentrated sulfuric acid.

2. The mixture is stirred and than heated on a hotplate at 100 o C for 30 minutes until it becomes dark colored, indicating the formation of phenol-4-sulphonic acid.

3. This is then chilled to -5 o C on a water bath with salt added, becoming a cold viscous syrup, to which 47ml of chilled (-5 o C) nitric acid are added inside a fume cupboard, making sure that the mixture is not allowed to warm up prior to the addition of the acid. Within a few minutes vigorous reaction occur producing large amounts of nitrogen dioxide, a red colored (poisonous!) gas.

4. The reaction is allowed to subside and than the mixture (which has now become a thin, orange/yellow liquid) is heated on a water bath for one and a half hours, with occasional shaking.

5. When the heating is complete the mixture is allowed to cool down and 313ml of cold water are added, causing the Picric Acid to crystallize out of the mixture. The mixture is cooled to 5 o C so as to precipitate most of the remaining Picric acid, and than is quickly filtered and washed with 1200mL of cold distilled water so as to remove any traces of the nitration acids.

6. The filtrate appears as the fine yellowish mass of crystals seen to the left. Yield is approximately 40grams for the 25 grams of phenol that was started out with. These crystals are high purity and have all of the properties attributed to reagent grade Picric Acid. However, they can be purified.

7. Making use of Phenol's high water solubility, and the higher solubility of dinitro and mononitro- Phenol, the Picric Acid can be purified to near analytical grade by re-crystallization from a solvent mixture of 1 volume ethanol and 2 volumes water, roughly 9ml of solvent being required per gram of Picric Acid

8. The crystals are than removed by vacuum filtering, are vacuum dried in a dissector, and form into a nearly yellow mass of mp 123 o C. It is advisable to store Picric Acid wet with at least 30% water and in rubber stoppered flasks

mass of mp 123 o C. It is advisable to store Picric Acid wet with at
mass of mp 123 o C. It is advisable to store Picric Acid wet with at
mass of mp 123 o C. It is advisable to store Picric Acid wet with at
mass of mp 123 o C. It is advisable to store Picric Acid wet with at
mass of mp 123 o C. It is advisable to store Picric Acid wet with at
mass of mp 123 o C. It is advisable to store Picric Acid wet with at
mass of mp 123 o C. It is advisable to store Picric Acid wet with at
mass of mp 123 o C. It is advisable to store Picric Acid wet with at
mass of mp 123 o C. It is advisable to store Picric Acid wet with at
mass of mp 123 o C. It is advisable to store Picric Acid wet with at
mass of mp 123 o C. It is advisable to store Picric Acid wet with at

Uses of Picric acid:

1. The largest use of picric acid has been in Explosives.

2. In microscopy, picric acid is a reagent for staining samples. It has found some use in organic chemistry for the preparation of crystalline salts of organic bases (Picrates) for the purpose of identification and characterization.

3. In metallurgy a picric acid etch has been commonly used in optical metallography to reveal prior austenite grain boundaries in ferritic steels.

4. Bouin's picro-formol is a preservative solution used for biological specimens.

5. Workplace drug testing utilizes picric acid for the Jaffe Reaction to test for creatinine. It forms a colored complex that can be measured using spectroscopy.

6. Much less commonly, wet picric acid has been used as a skin dye or temporary branding agent. It reacts with proteins in the skin to give a dark brown color that may last as long as a month.

7. In the early 20th century, picric acid was stocked in pharmacies as an antiseptic and as a treatment for burns, malaria and smallpox.