Detection of GnHCl

Richard P. Grant r_grant at see.sig.for.address
Fri Mar 12 03:37:17 EST 1999

In article <36E82BC1.41C6 at>, "Jeff E. Janes"
<jejanes at> wrote:

>If you either micturate or expectorate into a stiff wind, you will
>discover the meaning of this phrase :)

Exactly ;-)

>If conductivity cannot be used for GnHCl, that implies the presence of
>electolytes.  What are they?

oooh good question.
Anyway, I found the answer:  heating guanidine to 160C causes it to
decompose into melamine and ammonia.  NH3 can be assayed.  Good old Merck

Thanks people,


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