Practical Use of Oxalic Acid

Practical Use of Oxalic Acid


OXALIC ACID  is found in cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, sorrel, parsley, and in the Virginia creeper. But in the highest concentrations (still only half a percent, but enough to make the leaves poisonous), it is found in rhubarb plants. It is 100% natural product that, however, is also often produced artificially in a laboratory. In

Uses of Crude Palm Kernel Oil


Crude palm kernel oil is derived from the palm kernel, which is the edible seed of the oil palm fruit. It is different from palm oil, which is derived from the outer parts and pulp of the oil palm fruit. Palm kernel oil mainly contains lauric acid, palmitic acid and oleic acid and is physically

What are the advantages of Ethanol blending in fuels ?

What are the advantages of Ethanol blending in fuels ?


Ethanol blending is a process of blending ethanol with petrol. Ethanol is obtained from sugar industries which is a by-product of sugarcane molasses. Ethanol blending was started in India in 2001. Ethanol blending reduces carbon monoxide and carbon-dioxide emissions up-to 30%, cleans the car engine and dirt from pipes and chambers. It also acts as

Bioplastic of the Future


Lactic acid is a colourless, hygroscopic liquid which is white in its solid state. It is an organic compound, and can be classified as an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) because of its structure which contains a hydroxyl group adjacent to the carboxyl group. It is present naturally, and can be produced synthetically. It is also known

Calcium Carbonate – a ‘Jack of All Trades’ Chemical

Calcium Carbonate – a ‘Jack of All Trades’ Chemical


Calcium carbonate, or CaCO3  is commonly found as calcite or aragonite. It is the primary component of naturally formed pearls and the shells of organisms such as snails and oysters. Industrially, pure ground calcium carbonate or ‘GCC’ is obtained through the mining of chalk, marble or limestone reserves. While chalk is a fine, crystalline material,

All about Beta-Carotene you need to know


Beta-carotene is one of the most important antioxidants required for our body. The name is derived from ‘Carrot’ as beta-carotene pigments were first found by crystallizing carrots. Beta-carotene has the ability to fight against the free radicals in our body and gets converted into Vitamin A in our body. When free radicals accumulate, they may

Maltodextrin: A Tasteless Sugar


Maltodextrin is a member under the big umbrella of sugar. It is a polysaccharide and is made of dextrose monomers. While maltodextrin can be synthesised artificially, it is usually derived from corn, rice, wheat and potato starch. To obtain maltodextrin from plants, the plant starch is cooked then digested by enzymes or acids. Afterwhich, it

Formic acid and Ants


Have you wondered why when an ant bites you, it starts itching? It is because ant secrete formic acid as a defence mechanism in order to protect themselves. Ants inject formic acid when they bite you. The acid irritates your tissue and later leads to inflammation. The response to the inflammation is what causes the

Sustainable production of industrial chemicals

Sustainable production of industrial chemicals


Most industries in the world consume copious amounts of raw material derived from crude oil. The whole process uses a lot of energy as well as produce a lot of waste. A sustainable alternative would be to use biological processes catalyzed by enzymes. Enzymes are able to catalyze chemical reactions without the need for supplementary

Why Sodium sulphate is preferred in textile rather than sodium chloride or other replacement possible

Why Sodium sulphate is preferred in textile rather than sodium chloride or other replacement possible


Sodium sulphate plays an important role in reactive dyeing by improving the affinity of the dyestuff towards the fiber, acceleration of the dyestuff’s association and lowering its solubility. The presence of gas particle within the common salt might cause corrosion of the instrumentation. Hence, sulfate is usually most popular over common salt. Sodium sulfate is used

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