Solvent FAQs:


Q: Is solvent usually a liquid but can also be a solid or a gas?

A: Yes.

Q: Are solvents flammable or highly flammable?

A: Yes, and depending on their volatility.

Q: Are solvents used up quickly?

A: Yes, they are more of a problem in laboratories which may take years to finish a single bottle.

Q: Is solvent an acceptable predictor of the solvent's ability to dissolve common ionic compounds?

A: Yes, such as salts.

Q: Are solvents diisopropyl ether?

A: Yes, but all ethers are considered to be potential peroxide sources.

Q: Are solvents often refluxed with an appropriate desiccant prior to distillation to remove water?

A: Yes.

Q: Are solvents in dry cleaning , as paint thinners , as nail polish removers and glue solvents , in spot removers , in detergents and in perfumes?

A: Yes, Water is a solvent for polar molecules and the most common solvent used by living things; all the ions and proteins in a cell are dissolved in water within a cell.

Q: Are solvents grouped into non-polar?

A: Yes, and polar aprotic, and polar protic solvents and ordered by increasing polarity.

Q: Are solvents used by chemists to carry out chemical reactions or observe chemical and biological phenomena?

A: Yes, and more specific measures of polarity are required.

Q: Are solvents known or suspected to be cataractogenic?

A: Yes, and greatly increasing the risk of developing cataracts in the lens of the eye.

Q: Are solvents the boiling point?

A: Yes.