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Making Chloroacetone (used as a WWI Teargas)
December 12 2016
OLD CONTENT: The procedure is okay, but I made A LOT of mistakes. This is one of my very early works. Enjoy it for what it is. Warning: Chloroacetone is extremely irritating and this reaction can easily run-away. This reaction should not be carried out by anyone inexperienced and can only take place in a well ventilated area. This procedure was proposed by Organikum on the sciencemadness forum: Link: http://sciencemadness.org/talk/viewthread.php?tid=2713 This reaction is a chlorination reaction and is extremely exothermic. An excess of acetone is used to limit the production of di-chlorinated acetone. Chemicals: 1) TCCA - Acts as the chlorine carrier 2) HCl/H2SO4 - React with TCCA to cause it to release chlorine 3) Acetone - Reactant that gets chlorinated 4) NaOH - Used to induce aldol polymerization of chloroacetone and destroy it.