Regardless of the scope of activity of chemical laboratories, practically each of them uses various chemical substances called chemical reagents. These include, among others, solvents and alcohols, standards, indicators, buffer solutions, acids, hydroxides or salts. The characteristics and the scale of research conducted in laboratories determine the types and quantities of chemical reagents used. They are used in various types of chemical analyses, research works, in preparation as well as in the production of other substances.
Chemical reagents are chemical substances and their mixtures used in laboratories to perform syntheses, analyses, determinations of the content of various substances, distribution of sample constituents and carrying out broadly understood scientific and research work. Reagents are characterized by stable quality parameters (taking into account the level of impurities and the content of the main component), specific shelf time and an appropriate packaging guaranteeing the constancy of their composition. Chemical reagents are available on the market both in the form of solids (granules, powders, pastilles), as well as liquids – solutions with specific concentrations.
One of the most important parameters characterizing chemical reagents is their purity. It is the percentage by weight of the main substance, after deduction of impurities present in the reagent. Typically, the main substance is a single chemical compound, but it can also be a mixture of several substances. On the chemical market, reagents of varying quality and properties are available, depending on the intended use.
When choosing chemical reagents, it is worth considering the economic aspect, as not every analysis requires the use of the highest quality preparations, which cost the most. In some substances used for determination of chemicals, even a high content of impurities does not affect the analysis to which the reagent is used. For this reason, among chemical reagents, there can be distinguished different purity grades, defining the content of main substances and acceptable levels of contaminants.
Taking into account the content of the main substance and impurities, the reagents are divided into:
Some chemical reagents are marked with the symbol FP. This means that this substance is characterized by particularly high purity, due to which it meets the pharmacopoeial requirements and can be used for pharmaceutical purposes. The same applies to substances designated with the PhEur symbol, which proves the compliance of the reagent with the requirements of the European Pharmacopoeia and the possibility of using it in the production of medicines in European countries.
The group of chemical reagents dedicated to analytical methods is called analytical reagents. They are chemical compounds of defined purity, reacting under specific conditions. They are divided into several groups:
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