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Curtis Wilkins, John Reasoner, Charles Henrickson

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Department of Chemistry

Degree Type

Master of Science


It was the purpose of this work to study the extraction of Cu(II) and Ag(I) with dithizone in chloroform. This particular pair of elements was chosen for study for several reasons. The most prominent of these reasons is that these two elements are found together in nature and are often found combined in manufactured products. Being in the same periodic group, they exhibit similar chemical characteristics making them difficult to separate without special procedures. These similar chemical characteristics make the analysis of these elements difficult when in the presence of each other. Finally, it is of importance that both elements are extracted quantitatively at the same pH by dithlzone. Separation based on relative rates of extraction appeared to offer a potential solution to the efficient separation and analysis of traces of copper and silver.


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