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  Thymolphthalein is an acid-base (pH) indicator. Its transition range is at approximately pH 9.3-10.5. Below this pH, it is colorless; above this pH, it is blue. Its molecular formula is C28H30O4.

It can be used to make a disappearing ink. Dissolve the thymolphthalein in alcohol solution and add sodium hydroxide (NaOH) dropwise until it turns blue. It can then be sprayed onto cloth. After several minutes, it will turn colorless. (Carbon dioxide from the air will react with the basic solution. When the pH drops below 9.3, the thymolphthalein turns colorless.) Such inscription can be turned visible again by submerging it in liquid of pH higher than 10.5.

CAS Registry Number 125-20-2

SMILES formula CC(C)c1cc(c(C)cc1O)C2(OC(=O)c3ccccc23)c4cc(C(C)C)c(O)cc4C

Thymolphthalein (pH indicator)
below pH 9.3 above pH 10.5
9.3 10.5
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