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Compatible Chemicals Families

Dr. Jonnathan Medina Ramos, PhD. Chemist and Product Manager

The storage of chemicals presents science laboratories with ongoing safety hazards. There are many chemicals that are incompatible with each other. Hence, simply storing chemical products in alphabetical order will likely result in having incompatible substances as neighbors. A common mistake involves storing strong oxidizing materials next to organic chemicals, which may lead to violent reactions should the chemicals come into contact.

A possible solution is to separate chemicals into their organic and inorganic families, and to further divide the materials into their related and compatible families. Following, we offer a list of compatible chemical families that could guide the process of classifying and finding the proper chemical storage conditions for your laboratory.