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What can this crystal be?

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What can this crystal be???

Hello,

I have some crystals with the following properties which I am unfortunately unable to find out their chemical formula or name... any other material with the following characteristics will help too.

Cubic with octahedral habit.

RI : 1.5 - 1.6

Density : 1 - 1.25 gmcm^-3

Color : White

Soluble in water.

MP : about room temp.

Transparent.

&

Its not toxic.

Prosperous Regards.
 

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Hello,

I have some crystals with the following properties which I am unfortunately unable to find out their chemical formula or name... any other material with the following characteristics will help too.

Cubic with octahedral habit.

RI : 1.5 - 1.6

Density : 1 - 1.25 gmcm^-3

Color : White

Soluble in water.

MP : about room temp.

Transparent.

&

Its not toxic.

Prosperous Regards.
The simple thing it comes to my mind is sugar. Don't know if those properties correspond, maybe you want to make an internet search.
Anyway it's not so easy to answer your question, there are a lot of salts which could have those properties.
 
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The simple thing it comes to my mind is sugar. Don't know if those properties correspond, maybe you want to make an internet search.
Anyway it's not so easy to answer your question, there are a lot of salts which could have those properties.
Thank you for your reply... The properties of sugar are extremely similar too... but this mystery compound has two other properties too:

1) it smells a bit like chlorine...

&

2) when heated it doesn't gets concentrated as quickly as sugar!

Once again thanks for contributing.
 
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turbo
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Low density, melting point near room temperature... possibly some organic solid.
 
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A complete guess because it just popped into my head........stearic acid
If you measure its melting point you may be able to refer to a data sheet.
 
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A complete guess because it just popped into my head........stearic acid
If you measure its melting point you may be able to refer to a data sheet.
Thanks... but stearic acid has a comparatively high mp...

Could it be Acetic acid mixed up with sugar... it looks quite similar to acetic acid but with lower mp...
 

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