How to make Basic Copper Carbonate

How to make Basic Copper Carbonate

Sometimes, I’m missing a couple of chemicals. The way to fix that problem is simply ordering them online, but I need it right now. So I decided to make my own chemicals by following procedures from the internet. For the first one, I’m going to be making basic copper carbonate (CuCo3).

First, I added about 85 grams of copper sulfate to a flask (I didn’t know why I put 86 g).

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After that, I added 240 ml of distilled water and tried to dissolve all of the copper sulfate. And then, I put 30 grams of sodium carbonate into 60 ml of distilled water and did the same.

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Next, I poured the sodium carbonate solution into the copper sulfate solution slowly and carefully. There were lots of fizzing and bubbles. What’s happening is: CuSO4 (Copper Sulfate) + Na2Co3 (Sodium Carbonate) + H2O → CuCO3 (Copper Carbonate) + Na2SO4 (Sodium Sulfate) + CO2

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I added all of the sodium carbonate, and waited for one night to make the copper carbonate settle to the bottom.

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After that, I filtered all of the copper carbonate out and let it sit for 2 days (to dry it).

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All of the copper carbonate is dried.

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I’m actually impressed. I put it in a bottle and labeled it.

Well, I would have to thank the person in that video. The color and the texture of the chemical seems to be correct. I can use this chemical!

I hoped you enjoyed. Any suggestions? Feel free to comment down below ↓

9 Replies to “How to make Basic Copper Carbonate”

  1. With such beautiful blues at its disposal, it’s always lovely to see some copper chemistry. Well done. NileRed never displeases with his great step-by-step synthesis videos, you should use him more often!

  2. Nicely done. – Particularly for waiting so long for it to dry out properly!
    It’s definitely more green than blue now, so yes, looks like your experiment was a success. 🙂

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