Solvent System

Solvent Purification System: an alternative to distillation, the solvents (acetonitrile, toluene, dichloromethane, and tetrahydrofuran) are run out of 19 liter drums through columns of activated Alumina to remove trace amounts of water.  This is a much safer method for drying flammable solvents and, despite the initial set-up cost, is relatively cost effective.  Almost all of the synthetic labs at the University of Virginia use this system.  For information on how to set-up one of these systems, check out the links below.

List of Parts Needed and Information on Set-up.
Diagram of Standard Set-up.
Published Info:  Grubbs et al., Organometallics, 1996, 15, 1518-1520.

Diagram of Set-up (match numbers to parts list)