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Introduction to Recrystallization

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Crystallization to Purify a Solid 0:10
    • Crude Solid
    • Hot Solution
    • Crystals
    • Supernatant Liquid
  • Theory of Crystallization 2:34
    • Theory of Crystallization
  • Analysis and Obtaining a Second Crop 3:40
    • Crystals → Melting Point, TLC
    • Supernatant Liquid → Crude Solid → Pure Solid
    • Crystallize Again → Pure Solid (2nd Crop)
  • Choosing a Solvent 5:19
    • 1. Product is Very Soluble at High Temperatures
    • 2. Product has Low Solubility at Low Temperatures
    • 3. Impurities are Soluble at All Temperatures
    • Check Handbooks for Suitable Solvents
  • Why Isn't This Dissolving?! 8:46
    • If Solid Remains When Solution is Hot
    • Still Not Dissolved in Hot Solvent?
  • Where Are My Crystals?! 12:23
    • If No Crystals Form When Solution is Cooled
    • Still No Crystals?
  • Tips, Tricks and Warnings 16:26
    • Always Use a Boiling Chip or Stick!
    • Use Charcoal to Remove Colored Impurities
    • Solvent Pairs May Be Used
    • Product May 'Oil Out'