From: "Chainani, Edward Torres" <echaina2**At_Symbol_Here**ILLINOIS.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] reactive mixture
Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:20:24 +0000
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I've had one of our researchers seek my advice in attempting this procedure.  Before doing so, we had reached out to the authors of one paper to get more detailed safety information.  Here's the advice we got:

1. I believe the concentrations were pretty standard (Perchloric 70%, Nitric 70%, Sulfuric 97%), but I suspect that the exact concentration is not that important. 
2. We typically leave it in for about an hour.
3. We used a condenser for recollecting all the evaporated acid, which was pretty effective, and used it in an perchloric acid approved fume hood. We've never had any problems, but of course be careful.

The referenced paper was:
Y. Chu, et al., Nano Lett., 2014, 14 (4), pp 1982-1986

Our researcher was apparently successful in replicating the experiment.  If I am able to obtain more information from our researcher, I shall reach out to you.


Edward Chainani, Ph.D.
Safety Engineer
College of Engineering Office of Safety
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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Urbana, IL 61801
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On Jun 29, 2017, at 9:53 AM, Ellen M. Sweet <ems325**At_Symbol_Here**CORNELL.EDU> wrote:

Hi everyone,
We have a question from a colleague:
I have a researcher who is proposing to reflux a mixture of hot nitric 70%)/ perchloric (70%) and sulfuric acids (95%+) in a 1:2:1 mixture for removal of contamination from diamond surfaces. I was wondering if any of you have experience with a similar process? I'm concerned as there is limited information available for this method (published research data) and the available safety data does not recommend mixing sulfuric and perchloric acids not to mention heating such a mixture. We do have a perchloric acid hood available to the researcher, but I'm looking for a more defined, successfully executed process that can be used as reference in terms of apparatus, parameters such as time, temperature, volumes etc. Any feedback on overall safety considerations are also welcomed J
Ellen Sweet
Laboratory Ventilation Specialist
Department of Environmental Health and Safety, Cornell University
American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Health and Safety
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