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ERIC Number: EJ1046280
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Turbidimetric Estimation of Alcohol Concentration in Aqueous-Alcohol Mixtures
Swinehart, William E.; Zimmerman, Bonnie L.; Powell, Kinsey; Moore, Stephen D.; Iordanov, Tzvetelin D.
Journal of Chemical Education, v91 n11 p1947-1950 Nov 2014
A concept of the turbidimetric method for determining the concentration of ethanol in water-ethanol mixtures is described. A closed sample cell containing the analyte was heated to achieve vapor saturation and subsequent condensation. As the condensation occurred, the decrease in percentage transmittance with time due to light scattering was measured at 540 nm. Measurements of a single sample were performed for a period of 300 s. The rate of decrease of percentage transmittance versus the concentration of water-ethanol standard solutions was used to generate a calibration curve. The technique demonstrates the use of light scattering for analytical applications and provides an opportunity to teach basic nucleation concepts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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