Anyone heard of it?
Anyone used it?
I tried a jar size reaction with zinc acetate as the catalyst. Nothing seemed to happen.
I think maybe more heat might of helped, I can't really remember the details now it was a few years ago.
I searched online and couldn't find anything on it related to it's use as a catalyst.
I'll try again using a different search engine. There should be something out there.
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So has anyone here tried to use zinc catalyst? If so, results?
Or does anyone know basic procedures to process with it and where to get some?
I made my Zinc Acetate, Zinc oxide from a pottery supply shop and vinegar from the supermarket.
Is it the acetic acid in the viniger that converted the zinc oxide to its acetate? I thought you needed acetic anhydride to convert to acetate?
How were your results? How did you implement the zinc acetate?
I know, a lot of questions
You could use glacial acetic acid from the camera shop but vinegar worked fine for me. The oxide is insoluble in water but the acetate is, so I just added vinegar to the oxide. It takes a bit of time for the reaction to complete because the vinegar is not a strong acid.
Boiling the water away is time consuming and it is important not to let the acetate get to hot because it readily decomposes.
When I did the tests I had never made bio and used ethanol not methanol.
I got no reaction but the temp never got over 60c.
It did not seem to be very soluble in the ethanol but methanol might be better.
I would use methanol if I did it again and apply more heat.
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