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Q: The smell of wet gypsum

Gyro GearlooseNot strictly chemistry, but where does the distinctive smell of wet gypsum come from? It is not like wet earth from geosmin.

 
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Q: It is possible to synthesize 3,3-diethylpentane (isomer of nonane) from carbon tetrachloride?

Jakub NadažyCompounds like tetraethyl silane or tetraethyltin can be made from their tetrachlorides using ethylating Grignards, but what about substituting carbon, would it work or steric hindrance would prevent full substitution?


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