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Melting point analysis is a quick and cost effective analysis that can be used to identify compounds as well as characterize their purity. This module covers apparatus design, sample preparation and experimental procedure.


Melting point (Mp) is a quick and easy analysis that may be used to qualitatively identify relatively pure samples (approximately<10% impurities). It is also possible to use this analysis to quantitatively determine purity. Melting point analysis, as the name suggests, characterizes the melting point, a stable physical property, of a sample in a straightforward manner, which can then be used to identify the sample.


Although different designs of apparatus exist, they all have some sort of heating or heat transfer medium with a control, a thermometer, and often a backlight and magnifying lens to assist in observing melting ( [link] ). Most models today utilize capillary tubes containing the sample submerged in a heated oil bath. The sample is viewed with a simple magnifying lens. Some new models have digital thermometers and controls and even allow for programming. Programming allows more precise control over the starting temperature, ending temperature and the rate of change of the temperature.

Hoover MPA
A Thomas Hoover melting point apparatus. The tower (A) contains a thermometer with a reflective view (B), so that the sample and temperature may be monitored simultaneously. The magnifying lens (C) allows better viewing of samples and lies above the heat controller (D).

Sample preparation

For melting point analysis, preparation is straight forward. The sample must be thoroughly dried and relatively pure (<10% impurities). The dry sample should then be packed into a melting point analysis capillary tube, which is simply a glass capillary tube with only one open end. Only 1 to 3 mm of sample is needed for sufficient analysis. The sample needs to be packed down into the closed end of the tube. This may be done by gently tapping the tube or dropping it upright onto a hard surface ( [link] ). Some apparatuses have a vibrator to assist in packing the sample. Finally the tube should be placed into the machine. Some models can accommodate multiple samples.

sample loading
Schematic showing how to pack dried sample into a melting point analysis capillary tube: (a) using a spatula, push a sufficient amount of sample into the tube opening, (b) using a tapping motion or dropping the tube, pack the sample into the closed end, (c) the sample is ready to be loaded into the apparatus.

Recording data

Performing analysis is different from machine to machine, but the overall process is the same ( [link] ). If possible, choose a starting temperature, ending temperature, and rate of change of temperature. If the identity of the sample is known, base the starting and ending temperatures from the known melting point of the chemical, providing margins on both sides of the range. If using a model without programming, simply turn on the machine and monitor the rate of temperature change manually.

Questions & Answers

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
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What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
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yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
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biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
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what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
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Damian Reply
absolutely yes
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s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
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Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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