Assemble the chromatography column.
May cause eye and skin irritation. While allowing the column to drain very slowly, add the alumina slurry to the column via a short stem pipette. Connect the Melt Station power supply to a powered electrical outlet. Rosettes of dark orange-red needles of acetylferrocene will form and may be collected by vacuum filtration on a Buchner funnel.
Melting temperature analysis will be used to characterize the synthesized product. If only one ring reacts, then the product is the orange acetylferrocene.
In the first trial, you will want to observe the melting process and make a rough estimate of the melting temperature of your sample. Organic Chemistry with Vernier 7 Sodium bicarbonate: May be harmful by ingestion or inhalation.
If both rings react, then the product is the red 1,1-diacetylferrocene.
Add a stir bar to the flask. Carefully observe the temperature vs. Carefully insert the capillary tube of solid into one of the sample holders of the Melt Station. Open the stopcock slightly to allow some solvent to pass into a collection vessel clearing out any major air bubbles trapped in the glass wool or sand layers.