Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2009 13:22:57 -0700
Reply-To: "Debbie M. Decker" <dmdecker**At_Symbol_Here**UCDAVIS.EDU>
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From: "Debbie M. Decker" <dmdecker**At_Symbol_Here**UCDAVIS.EDU>
Subject: Re: Ideas on how to neutralize sodium amalgam for disposal
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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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