TUTORIAL - How to easily find (almost) all otc chemicals you’ll ever need

TotalSynthesis

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Well, the magic for this is called google search operators and material safety data sheets.
Search operators do help to further define your search. A good example we will need are:

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-  filetype:pdf which will only show pdf documents in our search results.
-  Also useful  „“. This will help to find terms EXACTLY as written inside those „“.
-  Also useful: OR, AND, and „-„

Sounds confusing maybe but I will make an example to show what it does exactly.

Since most chemical mixtures need the so called „Material safety data sheet“ saying what’s inside the mixture, we could exploit that to find freely available mixtures containing controlled substances.

Now, let’s prepare an example. Consider we need some MEK, what we type into google to find many products within seconds, is:

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„Material safety data sheet“ filetype:pdf Methylethylketone

What this will do is it will find security data sheets as pdf file containing the word Methylethylketone. To further filter out results which won’t be of help, we just think about use cases of the compound we are looking for. In our example we know it is used as a cleaner for surfaces, or it used as a glue remover or in paints or paint remover. We now add this to our search string including the search operators AND, OR

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„Material safety data sheet“ filetype:pdf Methylethylketone AND „cleaner“ OR „paint“ OR „remover“

This will find msds sheets containing Methylethylketone and at least one of the following „cleaner“ or „paint“ or „remover“

I just searched that in google and realized that our result contain many pages from New Zealand, well, I am in Europe, so what I could do is to exclude all pages which have „.co.nz“ in their domain name. By simply adding -inurl:.co.nz
The „-„ is to exclude, inurl: means everything what is in the url address of the websites displayed in google and .co.nz is the official country specific domain ending of New Zealand. In a nutshell, this will exclude all pages which have co.nz in their address

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„Material safety data sheet“ filetype:pdf Methylethylketone AND „cleaner“ OR „paint“ OR „remover“ -inurl:.co.nz

Or imagine there is a local paintstore and you only want to check the msds documents on their website, this can be easily done by the operator site:

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site:mypaintstore.com „Material safety data sheet“ filetype:pdf Methylethylketone AND „cleaner“ OR „paint“ OR „remover“


Using those search operators properly is the best method to efficiently dig through a ton of pages to find what you are looking for in no time.

The above example was just made up on the fly. Be creative, use your language and play around a bit and find a ton of sources… For a full list of operators to further define what you are looking for, check this link:

https://ahrefs.com/blog/google-advanced-search-operators/
 

MadHatter

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Great tip! If only people knew how to use search engines at all ...
The only problem with MSDS is that they always give a broad estimate of ingredients (for example 30-70%) and often times leave out a lot of materials that are irrelevant from a safety perspective. So a mix of nice solvents might very well also be mixed with polymer gunk to increase viscosity, and you'll end up with hours of distillation cleanups and ruined glassware to isolate your desired compound.
 

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Awesome tip thanks , im pretty good with google and but never thought of doing this
 
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