I have a student that is derivitizing some bile acids and sterols. Sil-prep is used (combination of pyridine, hexamethyldisilazane, and chlorotrimethylsilane). How often should this mix be made when using on a continuous basis - every day, two days, etc?
By Anonymous on Wednesday, January 7, 2004 - 05:06 am:
This Sil-prep, aka "Sweeley reagent", can be stored for 3-6 months and still be usable. However, it must be kept in a dry environment. Usually a bulk is prepared and is portioned out as needed. Be sure to use redistilled pyridine to minimize artifactual peaks near the solvent peak. This is not a big problem for steroid derivitization. If a lot of ammonium chloride (from atmospheric water entering the container) is formed during storage consuming the reagent, one may question the sealing of the container and the suitability of the reagent for its application.
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By ves on Wednesday, January 7, 2004 - 06:52 am:
Rodney, thanks. The solution clouded up after a couple of days. The student then used it in a derivitization procedure for some bile acids. Two of the procedures did not work, but the third one (late last night) had one, good strong peak. I kinda wish the third prep had failed. Cloudy is not good, I hope.
By Anonymous on Wednesday, January 7, 2004 - 08:12 am:
That is correct. The cloudiness is the ammonium chloride.