The Iron(III) Thiocyanate Reaction

Research History and Role in Chemical Analysis

  • Kevin C. de Berg

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science book series (BRIEFSMOLECULAR)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in History of Chemistry book sub series (BRIESFHISTCHEM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Kevin C. de Berg
    Pages 1-18
  3. Kevin C. de Berg
    Pages 19-24
  4. Kevin C. de Berg
    Pages 71-86
  5. Kevin C. de Berg
    Pages 97-99

About this book


This Brief presents an historical investigation into the reaction between ferric ions and thiocyanate ions, which has been viewed in different ways throughout the last two centuries. Historically, the reaction was used in chemical analysis and to highlight the nature of chemical reactions, the laws of chemistry, models and theories of chemistry, chemical nomenclature, mathematics and data analysis, and instrumentation, which are important ingredients of what one might call the nature of chemistry. Using the history of the iron(III) thiocyanate reaction as a basis, the book’s main objective is to explore how chemistry develops its own knowledge base; how it assesses the reliability of that base; and how some important tools of the trade have been brought to bear on a chemical reaction to achieve understanding, a worthwhile goal of any historical investigation.


Iron(III) Thiocyanate equilibrium Chemical affinity Chemical equilibrium Le Châtelier's Principle Chemical kinetics Jöns Jacob Berzelius Laws of chemistry Mathematics in chemistry Models and theory of chemistry Nature of chemistry Claude Louis Berthollet Torbern Olof Bergman

Authors and affiliations

  • Kevin C. de Berg
    • 1
  1. 1.Avondale College of Higher EducationCooranbongAustralia

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