User:Michael Corrado/Notebook/Experimental Chemistry Fall 2016/2016/09/09

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  1. Prepare Bentonite beads
  2. Continue cross linking films
  3. Plot a calibration curve for Malachite Green
  4. Prepare another PVOH film using the 3% wt Bentonite solution to replace some of the water


  1. Bentonite bead synthesis
    • The second attempt to synthesize Bentonite beads followed the procedure from September 7th. This was also unsuccessful as the Bentonite beads did not form as beads, but rather as a clump.
  2. Cross linking films
    • In order to cross link the 1.0 mL glutaraldehyde and PVOH film, the film was placed in a heated acidic sulfate solution for an hour. Then, the film was rinsed with DI water and transferred to a 1.0 M HCl solution for an hour before being rinsed again and transferred to a 0.2 M sodium bicarbinate solution for 30 minutes.
  3. Malachite Green (MG) calibration curve
    • To determine the calibration curve for MG, a serial dilution of the 200 ppm stock solution was performed. Initially, we had 5 dilutions of 20 ppm, 10 ppm, 2 ppm, 1 ppm, and 0.5 ppm. However, both the 20 ppm and 10 ppm solutions yielded an absorbance greater than one. As a result, two more solutions of 8 ppm and 5 ppm were used to establish the calibration curve.
  4. Preparation of the PVOH film
    • The fourth PVOH film was prepared using the same basic procedure from September 2nd. In this case, the only difference was that we used 3.33 mL of a 3% Bentonite solution and 8.67 mL of DI water with the 1.0 g of Bentonite and 0.5 mL of glutaraldehyde instead of just 12 mL of DI water.
    • Following the dissolution of all crystals in the solution, the film was transferred to a labelled teflon dish and left under the fume hood to form.


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