Acetone and Hexane as Solvents
Extraction is a way to separate a desired part of a substance or solution from other properties. When you have a mixture, the solvent is what is able to dissolve other materials to form a solution. Chemicals that are used in extraction typically are used to purify a specific substance or remove its contaminants. Two examples of common chemicals that are used in the process of extraction are acetone and hexane. These chemicals can be used in the extraction process because they have high evaporation rates and low boiling points which are perfect for chemical extraction. Hexane is not only used as a solvent, but also for cleaning purposes. The solvent extraction process is better when it comes to economical and practical concerns.
Acetone & Hexane Properties
- Highly flammable
- High evaporative rate
- Easy oil recovery
Why are hexane and acetone used together?
Hexane and acetone are used in conjunction in the extraction process because of their properties. These two liquids are chemical solvents that present as a clear liquid with high evaporation rates and low boiling points which is vital to the extraction process. These chemicals are also non-toxic compared to the alternatives that are used in extraction such as butane.
Extraction is done typically using organic compounds such as oils, seeds or other oil producing fruits. The organic compound is first ground down and then flattened into a round. After this, the solvents are used to cover this round to extract the oil that is desired. An example of this process would be the extraction of THC from cannabis.
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