Transparent colorless oily liquid. Practically tasteless and odorless, even when warmed.
Air & Water Reactions
Flammable. Insoluble in water.
Laxative; pharmaceutic aid (solvent).
PARAFFIN is combustible.
(Solvay Pharmaceuticals); Neo-Cultol (Fisons); Nujol
OIL. [MINERAL] may be incompatible with strong oxidizing agents like nitric acid. Charring may occur followed by ignition of unreacted oil and other nearby combustibles. In other settings, mostly unreactive. Not affected by aqueous solutions of acids, alkalis, most oxidizing agents, and most reducing agents. Burns exothermically when heated sufficiently or when ignited in the presence of air, oxygen or strong oxidizing agents.
Treat the oil with fuming H2SO4 (care), then wash it with water and dilute aqueous NaOH, then percolate it through activated silica gel. Paraffin Wax. Melt the wax in the presence of NaOH, wash it with water until all of the base had been removed. The paraffin is allowed to solidify after each wash. Finally, 5g of paraffin is melted by heating it on a water-bath, then shaken for 20-30minutes with 100mL of boiling water and and dry the melt under vacuum.
Clear colorless oil