Triple distilled water

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Triple distilled water

I have a basic question..... why do we add KMnO4 to the water for triple distillation? Does it work as a quencher to remove carbonates and bicarbonates or ac as a deionizer???

Sami Tuomivaara
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ARGERINE,

ARGERINE,

Permanganate is powerful oxidizer, it oxidizes pretty much all organic matter into water, CO2 and N2. Some volatile organics co-distill with water, hence they should be destroyed with permanganate...
 
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Hi Suola

Hi Suola

Thanx for the reply. but Is it not true that even if the oxidation occur, th product will be organic acids or aldehydes or ketones which inturn are volatile again...... So what is the benefit in that case??

Sami Tuomivaara
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ARGERINE,

ARGERINE,

I'm sure that permanganate is such a powerful oxidizer that no organic molecules stay intact.

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