A California University Lab has taken steps to reduce water usage

A California University Lab has taken steps to reduce water usage ...

Asynt reports that the development of CondenSyn waterless air condensers throughout the teaching labs at the Department of Chemistry at the College of the Sequoias (Visalia, CA) is beneficial to the wider community, while providing excellent performance to their students.

Due to ongoing water shortages, California water officials had no choice but to impose new drought guidelines throughout the state to discourage wasteful water practices. However, scientists at the College of the Sequoias decided to evaluate an alternative waterless condenser from Asynt and the CondenSyn. The CondenSyn proved to be the perfect alternative to previous water condensers for reflux reactions.

The rapid investment in 22 CondenSyn waterless condensers has already greatly reduced water use by the Department of Chemistry and eliminated the possibility of lab flooding hazards, which is a potentially costly problem for some colleges.

During the course of the renovation, Andrea Smith, a chemistry lab technician at the College of the Sequoias, explained that our area (the central valley of California) has been in drought-like conditions for over two years. Households and businesses are having to reduce water usage yearly. It only made sense that the Asynt CondenSyn waterless condensers offered us an elegant eco-friendly but effective alternative to water-cooled condensers.

CondenSyn waterless condensers are being developed for teaching labs that require students to perform reflux reactions in water, methanol, and ethanol. These include, for example, the preparation of methyl salicylate/oil of wintergreen (an esterification using salicylic acid and sulfuric acid in ethanol), and the preparation of the analgesic benzocaine, which is capable of generating up to 60,000 litres per day. For example, the 19/22 ground glass

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