Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 10:21:15 -0600
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From: "Nail, John" <jnail**At_Symbol_Here**OKCU.EDU>
Subject: Re: Nickel Carbonyl
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Despite cute internet nick names, nick el carbonyl (along with all other substances) can be handled safely.

Some questions:

Does the researcher / lab have experie nce handling highly toxic volatile liquids or gases?

Does the researcher have the proper equipment? This material should always be handled either in a glove box or a Schlenk line (http:/ /;.

Is the Schlenk line in a well-function ing hood?

How will any vapors that come out of t he inert gas bubbler or vacuum trap or vacuum pump exhaust be destroyed?< /o:p>

The decomposition if Ni(CO)4 to Ni produces CO – how will this be destroyed or vented?

If the lab is experienced in air-sensi tive techniques and has the proper equipment setup, etc., this should not be a problem. If it is someone (usually an engineer or a physical chemist) who s aw this in the literature and is thinking ‘it can’t be that hard&# 8217; – forget it.

John Nail

Professor of Chemistry (and former AsH 3 researcher)

From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Mary Ellen A Sc ott
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2009 4:24 PM
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Nickel Ca rbonyl

One of our researchers would like to use nickel carbonyl to purify nickel.  We call it liquid death.  Does anyone have first hand knowledge working with with this compound?

Mary Ellen

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