As part of my project 'Future Manufacturing', I have been researching into the chemical production of Aspirin (Acetylsalicylic Acid). At home, I thought I would attempt to recreate the production and also reverse the production of aspirin. This would then be tested using litmus paper to identify the acidity of aspirin during these
Experiment: Create homemade Aspirin
Outcome: 1) Synthesising salicin liquid from willow (boiling / steaming) creates a pure form of the compound in aspirin which is neutral in pH value
2) Attempting to create aspirin on a small scale (utilising the equipment in my kitchen) creates some form of aspirin [not exactly sure what I created] which is heavily acidic in pH value
Experiment: Reversing the chemical process
Outcome:1) Dissolving dispersible aspirin in water which is partially neutral in pH value
2) Attempting to reverse the chemical process of aspirin (utilising the equipment in my kitchen) creates some form of crystallised salicylic acid [not exactly sure what I created] which is heavily acidic in pH value
Points to consider:
Should we reconsider the usage and consumption of aspirin compounds due to their acidty?
Should we be considering more natural approaches to pharmaceutical products?
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