This document is intended to be a collection of chemicals, materials and reagents made by amateur chemists with brief notes about their synthesis. The purpose of this compilation is to:

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Copper (II) Nitrate Trihydrate                 VSEPR_VOID                 FW nitric acid w/ copper scrap from wires.

Slightly light sensitive: Do not dry by means of a desk lamp

                                        TheMrbunGee                Reaction of Calcium nitrate and Copper

Sulfate solutions. CaSO4 is then filtered off

And water is evaporated off at room temperature. Some calcium sulfate may crystallize out, so additional filtration must be done.

Silver Nitrate                                 VSEPR_VOID                FW nitric acid w/ 1 oz apmex silver 99.9%

round. The solution was slightly blue from copper in the coin

Tetraamine Copper (II) Hydroxide        VSEPR_VOID                 

The electrolysis of copper (both electrodes

made of Cu wire from scrap) in a solution of 1:1 tap water and household ammonia.

Copper metal in the form of a fluffy clumps was also produced at the cathode along with small amounts of copper hydroxide

Copper (II) Chloride                        JJay                        Precipitation reaction.

Saturated copper sulfate (aq.) was mixed with an equimolar quantity of saturated calcium chloride (aq.), and the mixture was vacuum filtered. The solution was evaporated to dryness in an oven.

Carbon Refractory Foam                elementcollector1                Single slice of bread was wrapped in aluminum

foil and baked at 500 F for 1 hour. End product was a light, carbon-black foam block that was brittle but mechanically resilient.

Easily withstood heat from a butane microtorch without noticeable effect. Note: DO NOT underbake. Bread will catch on fire. See “Carbon Foam Refractory Made From Bread” in Chemistry in General.

Potassium bromate                        woelen                        See

Bromine                                woelen                        See

Potassium periodate                        woelen                        See

Sodium orthoperiodate                        woelen                        See

Potassium tetraperoxochromate(V)        woelen                        See

Barium chloride 2-hydrate                woelen                        See

Iron (II) sulfate                                CobaltChloride                       The reaction of steel wool and sulfuric acid.

Product precipitated by refrigeration

2-phenylethanol                                LearnedAmateur

Produced via the Sandmeyer reaction of phenylethylamine hydrochloride with water, using in situ nitrous acid.

Notes: crude product was an orange layer more dense than water, slightly soluble. No further workup/purification was attempted as it was a proof of concept regarding the Sandmeyer reaction in general.

Isopropyl nitrite                                      LearnedAmateur

Esterification of propan-2-ol with in situ nitrous acid. Product was collected as a pale yellow layer less dense than water, and purification involved shaking with aqueous sodium carbonate in order to neutralise nitrogen oxides followed by manual separation of the (presumably) pure product.

Notes: burns with a pale yellow-grey flame and is extremely volatile, no residue after evaporation.

Tetraphenylethylammine copper nitrate        LearnedAmateur

An experiment into copper complexes using basified phenylethylamine mixed with copper nitrate solution, following the rules of amine complexes.

Notes: is not explosive and takes some effort to ignite - does not sustain combustion but produces a smell similar to burning plastic, with a residue of copper oxides (red-black powder). Product is collected as a green coloured powder which is insoluble in water.

Sodium iodide                                          LearnedAmateur


A small lump (0.05-0.1g) of sodium metal is placed with a few prills of iodine in a test tube. Both are heated together using a blowtorch until ignition is achieved, where a large volume of white smoke (sodium iodide) is observed. Easy and fast to conduct because both elements change states at relatively low temperatures hence react within a few seconds. There is also some sodium peroxide or superoxide generated as pale yellow masses.

A proof of concept reaction akin to other related demonstrations, such as aluminium and chlorine, or fluorine and steel wool to show reactivities of elements.

Benzoic acid                                         LearnedAmateur

Excess toluene and concentrated potassium permanganate solution are refluxed for a few hours until the purple colouration of the aqueous phase disappears and there is a thick layer of brown-black MnO2 observed in the reaction vessel. After filtration using a fritted Büchner funnel, the aqueous phase is treated with mineral acids (H2SO4 in my case), the same manner as Plunkett’s procedure below, to obtain a quantitative mass of white precipitate. Upon recrystallisation from hot water, benzoic acid forms needle-like crystals which can be collected easily and are of high purity.

Note: no other solvent is required - in fact, water is likely the best option available due to the vast difference in solubility at near-boiling and room temperature solvent.

Benzoic acid                                     Plunkett

A saturated solution of sodium benzoate was combined with a stoichiometric amount of hydrochloric acid, causing benzoic acid to fall out of solution because of its poor solubility in water.  The benzoic acid was filtered and rinsed twice with cold distilled water before drying it on a glass plate under a heat lamp.

Methyl benzoate                                      Plunkett

80 mL of methanol (HEET gas line antifreeze), 10 g of benzoic acid and 2.2 mL of drain cleaner sulfuric acid (~93%) were combined into a flask and refluxed for 90 minutes.  After cooling, the reaction mixture was added to a separatory funnel along with 30 mL of a saturated NaCl solution and 35 mL of naphtha (Coleman camping fuel).  The aqueous layer was drained and discarded, then 30 mL of a saturated sodium bicarbonate solution was added to the separatory funnel.  The aqueous layer was again discarded and the organic layer transferred to a beaker where it was gently heated to drive off the naptha leaving slightly discolored methyl benzoate.  Based on this procedure, using naptha instead of diethyl ether:

Methane                                aga

A human subject consumed large amounts of cheese. After several hours, gaseous methane was produced in a violent explosive reaction.

Copper (II) Oxide                VSEPR_VOID                        Produced by the electrolysis of a weak

                                                                solution of sodium hydroxide using copper

                                                                electrodes made from copper wire scraps

Copper (II) Oxide                TheMrbunGee                        Produced by reaction of copper sulfate and

               sodium hydroxide solutions, then heating

copper hydroxide. CuO was then washed,

filtered and dried.  

Brass, various ratios                MrHomeScientist                        Created by adding zinc to molten copper.

Brasses with estimated zinc content of 6%,

11%, and 17% have been made, each with a

different color. See thread:

Copper Slag                         VSEPR_VOID                        Copper wire was melted in a forge and poured

onto sand. It was cleaned by submerging the slag in vinegar, salt, and hydrogen peroxide.

Charcoal                        VSEPR_VOID                        Wood scraps were placed into a soup can

                                                                and heated by means of a fire pit with the

                                                                aid of a hot air gun as a bellows.

See Thread:

Hydroferrocyanic Acid                VSEPR_VOID                        Potassium Ferrocyanide was treated with

                                                                A strong excess of HCl and the H4Fe(CN)6                                                                         separated by filtration

Cupric Ferrocyanide                VSEPR_VOID                        Hydroferrocyanic acid and copper


White Phosphorus                VSEPR_VOID                        Heating red phosphorus

Tetraethyl orthosilicate                12thealchemist                        Ethanolysis of silicon sulphide, itself

prepared by union of the elements. See thread for details:

Hydroferrocyanic Acid                VSEPR_VOID                        The addition of concentrated acid, in excess,

                                                                 to a solution of potassium ferrocyanide

Chromium (III) hydroxide        CobaltChloride                        Reaction of stainless steel forks with HCl                                                                         followed by filtration to remove Ni and C.                                                                         The solution resulting was treated with                                                                        NaOH

Dinitrosopentamethylenetetramine        Rhodanide              

Hexamine is dissolved in Acetic acid of varying concentration, and a solution of NaNO2 in water is added. The mixture is set in an ice bath for an hour, wherein the DNPMT precipitates as a pale yellow crystalline solid.

Phenyl Isocyanide                Rhodanide

15mLs of Chloroform and 15mLs Aniline are dissolved in separate mixtures containing 90% Ethanol & 10% water. In another beaker, NaOH is dissolved in Ethanol. The two solutions of Aniline & CHCl3 are combined in a flask. Quick addition of the base solution starts the reaction. Heating to 70C for one hour completes the reaction.

Distilling off the Ethanol & Water leaves the crude final product which has an unbelievably foul odor.

Silver Methylacetylide                Rhodanide & Axt

Silver Nitrate is dissolved in distilled water. Next, a bottle of MAPP (Methyacetylene-Propadiene-Propane)

which has been purchased from the hardware store is set up with a modified welding gas adapter connected to a rubber tube. A glass tube is fitted to the end of the tube and is led into the AgNO3 soln. Gas flow is started, however precipitate may not immediately appear. Within minutes or less, a flocculent white precipitate of AgC3H3 forms. Continue gas flow for a further few minutes, then turn it off. Filter the white solid, further referred to as SMADS. A fair yield should be obtained if all goes well, as there is little to no AgCl precipitate when NaCl is added to the filtrate. Use a small volume of filtrate to test this. If AgCl is observed, continue gas flow for a further

few minutes through the filtrate to improve yield. SMADS is a fluffy white to grey powder with no odor. SMADS

decomposes violently upon heating, friction or impact with a deep, but not deafening report. Note: “The name ‘SMADS’ refers to the related compound SADS. It is not known whether this compound is a singular component or a double-salt - hence the ‘DS’ in SMADS & SADS for clarity and recognition - as opposed to the acronym ‘SMA’ which may have many meanings.” -Rhodanide

Concentrated Sulfuric Acid        VSEPR_VOID                         

FAILURE: Sulfuric acid of unknown concentration was boiled. This, even with boiling chips, resulted in a steam-acid explosion which scorched the ceiling of the lab. This researcher does not recommend this.

Holmium Hydroxide                VSEPR_VOID

Holmium metal was dissolved in a solution of HCl and hydrogen peroxide. This was treated with NaOH solution and filtered. The material that collected in the filter was dried by steam.

Cupric Oxide                        VSEPR_VOID                        Heating of cupric hydroxide

Lead acetate                        fusso

Adding slight excess glacial acetic acid to lead carbonate slurry and heat to boiling until all solids dissolved and all gases expelled. Then filter to remove insoluble impurities. cover vessel with tissue paper to prevent dust entering during crystallization.

Lead oxalate                        fusso

Adding slight excess oxalic acid slurry to the lead acetate solution to precipitate lead oxalate. Filter out the solids. Wash solids with a little cold water to remove remaining acetic and oxalic acids.

Nitric Acid                                         Chem Science

Nitric acid can be made by dry distillation of stoichiometric amounts of Sodium bisulfate and nitrate salt, sulfuric acid and nitrate salt, oxalic acid and nitrate salt. But the best is using sulfuric acid, second best is bisulfate and third is oxalic ( But the acid comes out contaminated with oxalic ) A cheaper procedure is to mix solutions of calcium nitrate and oxalic acid ( both hot ) let the mixture cool and precipitate Calcium oxalate,Filter and distil the filtrate ( Fractional ) to remove 80% of the water, Stop. put mixture on freezer and filter the oxalic that precipitates, put back to fractionation and get nitric acid boiling at 120-121 degrees yield is 50% or around 200ml of azeotropic acid (65%) For more info search the post.

Copper (II) Oxide                Abromination        

Made in the reaction of concentrated sodium hydroxide and copper sulfate (after decomposition). Using 2:1 ratio of sodium hydroxide and copper sulfate, the NaOH was dissolved into water making about a 70% solution. The copper sulfate pentahydrate was added undissolved into the solution and was left for a week. The copper (II) hydroxide decomposed into Cu(OH)2 and was filtered and rinsed 3 times.

Copper (II) Acetylsalicylate                 Abromination        

Add 2.01g sodium bicarbonate to 30mL water. With stirring, add 3.6 grams of isopropanol recrystallized acetylsalicylic acid to a flask and slowly add sodium bicarbonate. Add 2.5g copper (II) sulfate pentahydrate to 20mL water and add slowly to the reaction flask. Let react for several hours and filter, rinse and dry your copper (II) acetylsalicylate.

Copper (II) Acetate                 Abromination        

Heat a 1:1 mixture of  acetic acid and hydrogen peroxide. It does not need to boil. Add an excess of copper metal SLOWLY to the hot mixture and let sit for 3 hours. Filter out the the copper and boil down to about 10 mL and let cool.

Place copper acetate into the fridge. Scoop out crystals of copper acetate and let dry.