Solubilizing of samples
Rulfs, Charles L. Formerly, Department of Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
- Dissolution of metals and alloys
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The process by which difficultly soluble samples are converted into different chemical compounds which are soluble. The sample may be heated in air to evolve volatile components or to oxidize a component to a volatile higher oxidation state with the formation of an acid-soluble form, as in the roasting of a sulfide to form the oxide and sulfur dioxide. Most frequently, the sample is treated with a solvent which reacts with one or more constituents of the sample. The dissolution of organic materials often follows the generalizations suggested by the solubility-based schemes of qualitative organic analysis.
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