Introduction: Make Hydrazine Sulfate by the Hypochlorite Ketazine Process - the Complete Guide.

In this video we make hydrazine sulfate by the hypochlorite ketazine process.

Warning: The reaction produces toxic gases and products. It also uses corrosive chemicals, gloves must be worn.

Hydrazine sulfate is a useful substitute for the more dangerous pure liquid hydrazine in chemical reactions. Simply adding in a stoichiometric amount of base will release the hydrazine in-site and allow for it to be use in for such purposes as reductions, azotizations and various other synthetic uses.

The process to make hydrazine sulfate is extremely simple: Start with 250mL of ammonia and add to it 100mL of methyl ethyl ketone. Stir and then slowly add 1/4 mole equivalent of sodium hypochlorite based bleach. if using 10% bleach then about 186g is needed. If using 6% household bleach about 310g is needed.

As the bleach is added the reaction will heat up and bubble vigorously, slow down the addition if it's bubbling too much. After all the bleach is added, keep stirring until the mixture stops bubbling. Then stop stirring and allow it to stand for a few hours until so until it separates into two clear layers.

The top layer is methyl ethyl ketazine. Separate it using a seperatory funnel or by careful decantation.

In a separate container, add 20mL of concentrated sulfuric acid to 100mL of water and stir. Then add the hot solution directly to the ketazine and keep stirring. The hydrolysis will generate crystals of hydrazine sulfate. Let solution cool to room temperature on its own and then filter off the crystals of hydrazine sulfate.

Acetone can be used in place of MEK, but you'll need to distill it off (use 50mL acetone in the reaction and distill 150mL of liquid) or extract it out with toluene into the acid solution.

Another process to make hydrazine sulfate is the hoffman rearrangement, a good procedure can be found in this thread: http://www.sciencemadness.org/talk/viewthread.php?tid=757&*

The complete discussion on hydrazine and how to make it can be found here: http://www.sciencemadness.org/talk/viewthread.php?tid=1128

The message board itself, Science madness: http://www.sciencemadness.org

They are by far the best chemistry message board i have ever seen.

Comments

depotdevoid (author)2010-11-20

Fascinating as always, Nurdrage. Sorry if I missed it in the video, but what is Hydrazine Sulfate used for? All I could find was information from alt-med quacks who use it as a "miracle cure" for cancer.

NurdRage (author)depotdevoid2010-11-20

As a substitute for the more dangerous liquid hydrazine used in chemical reactions.

So type in "hydrazine" and find uses for that, essentially hydrazine sulfate can be substituted for most of those uses (except rocket fuel) as it's much safer and won't explode if you treat it badly.

I intend to use hydrazine sulfate to make Luminol in a later video :)

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