A bit more information: this is a sodium/mercury amalgam, _not_ used in a still application (from the grad student: “Oh no – yo u made us get rid of our pot stills, Debbie!”).
Suggestions have been to react it with water and a little dilute HCl or with EtOH. I’m thinking in a f ume hood, in an ice bath with copious caution and lots of stirring – right?
Excuse the cross-posting:
Anyone have a good idea on how to neutralize sodium amal gam before disposal? This one’s outside my expertise.
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