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Acetone is a colorless, highly volatile organic compound with the chemical formula CH3COCH3. It is a common laboratory chemical and a widely used solvent due to its ability to dissolve a wide range of substances, including many organic compounds and some inorganic materials.

Acetone is often utilized for tasks such as cleaning glassware, degreasing surfaces, and removing residues from laboratory equipment. It’s also an important solvent in various industries, including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and plastics production. Additionally, acetone can be used as a solvent in chromatography and as a starting material in the synthesis of various organic compounds.

Its high volatility and flammability require caution when handling and storing acetone, as proper ventilation and safety measures are essential to prevent fire hazards and exposure to concentrated vapors.


For many learners high school is not enough to prepare them for what they are to face at first year university. They find themselves completely overwhelmed and intimidated by what is expected of them to be able to do in a laboratory.

Unfortunately many learners who want to pursue science subjects go through this dilemma, few as they are because fact is SA is not producing enough learners who will become engineers, doctors, science researchers, let alone science innovators.

To address this, we developed a chemistry kits with 52 experiments for use by learners at home. This gives them an opportunity to gain hand-on exposure and engagement, confidence and understanding they need to study sciences further.

The kit comes with a manual explaining how science is experienced in daily life and therefore brings awareness of the application and usefulness of science, helping the learner relate to what they learn at school.

Some schools do have kits where only the teacher demonstrates the experiments and this is great, but you don’t master driving by watching the driving instructor, you must get in the driver’s seat yourself.

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