Make Silver Acetate

Make Silver Acetate

Greetings fellow nerds. In this video we’re going to make silver acetate. This is an important chemical for the synthesis of conductive silver ink we’ll be making in another video. To make silver acetate first get 20g of silver nitrate. This can be made from silver metal and nitric acid as shown in a previous video. Now add to it 10mL of water and stir or shake until completely dissolved. Now in a separate container get 20g of sodium acetate and add to that 50mL of water. Shake that up until completely dissolved. Now add the silver nitrate solution to the sodium acetate solution and thoroughly mix them. What’s happening is a simple metathesis reaction where the silver nitrate and the sodium acetate react to produce silver acetate and sodium nitrate. The silver acetate has low solubility and thus comes out as this thick white precipitate. Now filter the precipitate. Use distilled water to wash out the original container to ensure maximum transfer of our silver acetate product. Wash the precipitate several times with water since we want to remove all trace of nitrates. Now let it dry on the filter paper. The next day we take it off and break it up. And that is silver acetate. We will be using this to make conductive silver ink. In this video we’re going to make silver nitrate. In this video we’re going to make conductive silver ink.


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  2. I almost missed this one, I think you should have all your videos public, I thought you blew yourself up since you hadn't uploaded in a while.

  3. I enjoy all your videos, even synthesis videos with no later purpose. Rather than have people have to UTFSE trying to find random videos posted, you could make a new channel and post them there. Maybe "Nurdrage Synthetic" or something.
    Is more work, but just an idea.

  4. why not? Distilled white vinegar is acetic acid, or use glacial acetic acid. If it were heated to higher temperatures, wouldn't it react eventually to make hydrogen gas, like making most acetate salts?

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  6. hey NurdRage, I need to make silver(I) trifluoroacetate, I am honestly not sure whether or not this will work the same. any thoughts?

  7. Cool man, thanks.
    Anyone made that ink yet? and used it? Maybe, one can put it in an empty inkjet cartridge (initial idea/haven't tested it)
    Drill your empty cartridge from top, remove the top paper label. you will/might see something like a tiny circle, drill there, just surface drilling do not go too far inside. You can see the thickness of the top plastic cover from the outside, it is just a coupla millimeters. drill bit size is like 2 ~ 3 mm ) better beclose to the size of a syringe as possible.
    If you got no drill then hold an iron nail with pliers and heat it on a gas stove/torch…etc. and use it slowly and carefully to make a hole at the same place.
    Then use a needle/syringe to inject the ink. If you ain't wanting to try then just refill your regular printer ink ;D
    Get refills from ebay or aliexpress…etc., make sure it is for same printer brand (HP/Epson/Canon..etc.) or as close as possible to model #.
    then use a tiny plastic washer, (make a washer from a small softdrink/water bottle cap if you needed to)
    And use a short screw to close the hole.
    before closing/tightening screw and washer, let ink settle for some time (15~60min and maybe more ain't sure)

  8. Hi. Please, tell me: how many grams silver acetate will you get in the end if you use 20 g silver nitrate and 20 g sodium?

    one more question. is it possible to get silver metal from silver acetate and how?

  9. sorry, I don't have so much information about it. which kind of reducing agent or pyrolyze can I add to recover silver? Could you little bit more details?

  10. Hi. I didn't get answer from you…in your experiment you use 20g of silver nitrate –how many grams silver acetate will you get in the end if you use 20 g silver nitrate and 20 g sodium?

  11. In a practical on inorganic qualitative analysis I did recently, my sample was a colorless solution with pH 10. When I did the silver nitrate test, white solid appeared and clumped together. But chlorides can't have alkaline pH! It had no reaction with BaCl2 or KMnO4 either. How can I know what it is when all textbooks say all acetates are soluble? I should have watched your video.

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