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Emil Erlenmeyer and the Erlenmeyer Flask

17-Jun-2016

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Today in Chemistry History – Emil Erlenmeyer and the Erlenmeyer Flask

Whether you know it as an Erlenmeyer flask, conical flask, or by some other name, it’s a piece of glassware most of us, chemists or not, have likely used at some point. The Erlenmeyer flask is the most stereotypical piece of chemistry glassware there is, and today marks its creator’s birthday. Emil Erlenmeyer was born on 28 June in 1825; here we take a look at his eponymous flask, as well as some of his other achievements.

Topics
  • Erlenmeyer rule
  • tautomerism
  • ketones
  • naphthalene
  • aldehydes
  • keto-enol tautomerism
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