What is Wet Chemistry?

Ever wondered what wet chemistry actually refers to? Here at Network Scientific we have had multiple discussions over what the term actually refers to, so we decided to do some digging and find out exactly what wet chemistry is!

The term wet chemistry is mostly used to describe a family of traditional laboratory methods and techniques that use chemicals in their liquid state. It is sometimes referred to as bench chemistry as it is carried out at a laboratory bench.

Wet chemistry is a classical form of chemistry and is one of the original components of experimental science. It commonly uses lab glassware such as beakers and graduated cylinders to prevent materials from being contaminated.

It was once the predominant form of scientific discovery in the chemical field however more recently, instruments have been developed to conduct research which would be highly labour-intensive using traditional wet chemistry techniques, this has developed into a whole new branch of analytical chemistry called instrumental analysis.

It is important to note that wet chemistry needs to be conducted with a degree of care appropriate to the often flammable, corrosive and explosive nature of certain chemicals, such as acids and solvents, existing in liquid form. Working with these liquids requires accurate judgement, focus and attention to detail.

Titration is an example of a classical wet chemical technique which has, as time and technology has progressed, made the transition to an instrumental analysis technique, at least in industry.

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