Chemical Name: 2,9-Dimethyl-4,7-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline
Appearance: White or yellow crystalline powder
Absorbance: ≥0.810 (around 280 nm)
Absorbance (Cu complex): ≥0.580 (around 475 nm)
MW: 360.45, C26H20N2
Storage Condition: ambient temperature
Shipping Condition: ambient temperature
Bathocuproine is a Cu(I)-specific colorimetric reagent. An orange Bathocuproine-Cu(I) complex can be extracted with n-hexylalcohol or iso-amylalcohol. The maximum wavelength of the complex extract is 479 nm. The Cu(I) detection range is 0.1-10 ppm. Bathocuproine has been used to determine trace amounts of Cu(I) in wine and purified tellurium samples. Bathocuproine is soluble in organic solvents such as nitrobenzene and insoluble in water.
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