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Solvents are (generally speaking) liquids into which other solids, liquids or gasses can be dissolved. Having two materials dissolved in a solvent brings them into close proximity, making them more likely to react. For instance, combining dry powders of citric acid and sodium bicarbonate will result in a reaction, but it will take hours or days to complete without high heat or pressure. Dissolving them both in water however, results in an immediate and virtually stoichiometric reaction.

Pages in category "Solvents"

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