All right, this can quite possibly turn out to be the silliest question I’ve ever asked in GQ, but I want a toy to play with. My background in chemistry is very limited but I am eager and able to learn. Today I woke up with the idea that it would be cool to have some sort of a… chromatographer… spectroscope… err… thing in my apartment. You see my problem, I don’t even know what I want.
Basically my goal is to be able to feed it inorganics and simple organic samples and get some sort of statistics that can be used to identify the substances involved. I know next to nothing about the practical aspect of these things so I don’t even know if for something this complex I’d need a single device or a multi-room lab costing tens of millions of dollars. I guess it’d be fun if I could identify things like ammonia, chlorine, table salt, baking soda, aspirin, caffeine, sucrose, glucose, etc. How much space/time/money/education do I need for this? Is there a single device?
I told you it was silly.