Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2007 07:43:35 -0400
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From: Kim Auletta <kauletta**At_Symbol_Here**NOTES.CC.SUNYSB.EDU>
Subject: Fw: [DCHAS-L] ZnI question
I sent the question on to our Geo/chemist & this was his reply. Hope it 

Kim Auletta
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John Parise/CAS
06/14/2007 07:24 AM

Kim Auletta/Admin**At_Symbol_Here**SUNYSB

Re: Fw: [DCHAS-L] ZnI question

Quick reply

My guess is heating might lead to hydrolysis -  formation of zinc 
hydroxide and formation of hydroen iodide (ZnI2 + H2O -> Zn(OH)2 + 2HI 
which then comes off?  Acid would drive the reaction towards ZnI2

Try adding acetic (or something else acid that does not react with 
anything in the system and heating? 

Actually I just did a google search ....

Try this

I knew I had done this before!  About 35 years ago


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Kim Auletta/Admin wrote on 06/14/2007 07:11:11 AM:

> THought I'd bounce this email question to you - any thoughts on her 
> Kim Auletta
> Lab Safety Specialist
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> kauletta**At_Symbol_Here**
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> ----- Forwarded by Kim Auletta/Admin on 06/14/2007 07:09 AM -----
> Debbie Decker  
> Sent by: DCHAS-L Discussion List 
> 06/13/2007 09:14 PM
> Please respond to
> Debbie Decker 
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> Subject
> [DCHAS-L] ZnI question
> Greetings:
> Please excuse the cross-posting - I need to cast a wide net.  I've
> received the following question from a researcher in the Geology
> department.
> "I am using Zinc Iodide as a heavy liquid in my current lab procedure. 
> I would like to re-use it but I am having trouble recycling it, I 
> dilute it during my procedure and I am having difficulty distilling it 
> back down to the desired specific gravity.  I have built simple
> distilling apparatus (heating mantle, boiling flask and graham
> condenser) but the vapor that comes off the diluted zinc iodide is
> brown/purple and then a metallic film accumulates on the interior of the
> condenser.  So, it seems like I am distilling more than water.  It
> produces this purple vapor even at temperatures well below boiling"
> I think she's subliming off the iodine that then plates out on the cool
> surfaces of the condenser.  But I don't have any creative ideas that
> will help her re-use the ZnI solution.
> Thanks for your help,
> Debbie
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