Sample preparation using KOH

Would you give me a little more details for the sample preparation of silicones using KOH? Is HF needed in this method?

HF is not needed.  A 1 Molar solution of KOH is prepared in ethanol and equal volumes of it are mixed with the sample in a 5 ounce LDPE bottle and capped.  This bottle is placed in a water bath at 60 deg C for 4 hours and then the contents are diluted by weight or volume to the desired final wt. or volume.  I believe that butyl cellusolve will make a fantastic solvent.  Please note it is listed as a teratogen so exercise necessary precautionary measures.

Serving you in chemistry,

Paul R. Gaines, Ph.D.
CEO of Inorganic Ventures & Fellow Chemist

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