Author Topic: Diethyl Ether Release in Fume Hood Study  (Read 2065 times)

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Sleen

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Diethyl Ether Release in Fume Hood Study
« on: January 23, 2004, 11:24:00 AM »
I heard of a situation where someone took 10 mL of Diethyl Ether - put a few mL of water in it and allowed it to evaporate in a fume hood.
Some sharp criticism was given by others as to doing this - as the flammability issues, etc. with ether.
While care needs to be taken, I think there is a stigma that even the smallest amount of ether being used in a fume hood can spontaneously combust - and I'm not talking about 5 year old ether or at 100 F or with a hot plate or anything.

To be on the safe side - it is always good to be cautious, however, to gain some more understanding of the issue the following article was found - makes one feel better about fume hoods.

http://www2.umdnj.edu/eohssweb/aiha/technical/25percentLEL.pdf