Lab Report On The Equation

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The equation above illustrates how this experiment was carried out. This lab was performed to oxidize 2-octanol to 2-octanone. As you can see above, household bleach acted as the oxidant in this experiment. This reaction could have also been carried out using chromium oxides, but using hypochlorite was the safer route and less expensive route (1). The reaction performed was an exothermic reaction. As bleach was added to the reaction mixture, which consisted of 2-octanol, glacial acetic, and reagent grade acetone, the temperature began to rise. The key thing during this experiment was adding the bleach at a slow, steady rate, so that the temperature didn’t exceed 40. Once this part of the reaction was complete, starch iodine tests were conducted to test if the reaction reached completion. Finally the product formed had to be isolated using an extracting technique. Once extracted, the product was dried using a drying agent and the solvent was removed with the use of a rotovap. The purity of the sample was analyzed by conducting a GC analysis. The addition of bleach is a crucial step in this experiment, since my addition was added too quickly I didn’t have a strong percent yield (19.34%). In order to obtain a better yield this is the part of the experiment that you want to master.

Introduction: The purpose of this experiment was to oxidize 2-octanol to 2-octanone. The reaction mixture was made up of 2-octanol, glacial acetic acid and reagent grade acetone. Hypochlorite is…

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