drying agent


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drying agent

[′drī·iŋ ‚ā·jənt]
(chemistry)
Soluble or insoluble chemical substance that has such a great affinity for water that it will abstract water from a great many fluid materials; soluble chemicals are calcium chloride and glycerol, and insoluble chemicals are bauxite and silica gel. Also known as desiccant.

soluble drier, liquid drier

A liquid that is soluble in oil or in solvent-based paints and acts as a drier.
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of the series of drying experiments it was confirmed that allyl hydrazine formed an extremely stable hydrate, which could not be decomposed with the traditional drying agents.
Coincidentally, manganese is a drying agent. Spring suspects that painters chose colorless glass to mix with their paint because of its quick drying effects.
The objectives were to define the effects of drying agents on the surface characteristics of epicuticular waxes and cuticles of alfalfa stems and to determine the distribution of applied cations relative to guard cells and other cuticular structures.
It might be possible to work around this botanical feature by selecting and breeding plants for improved seed retention, spraying plants with a drying agent before harvest, or cutting immature plants and allowing them to dry in swaths until seeds are dry.
The use of a drying agent is key, as (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/04/business/takata-airbag-recall.html?_r=0) the New York Times reported Tuesday:
Several lines of wood finishes protect exterior siding, decks and fences from water and sunlight damage without the toxic solvents or heavy-metal drying agents found in many commercial wood protectors.
Those contain petroleum distillates, thinners, solvents or drying agents (which makes them a lot less green).
Behaviors like kill bacteria in the can so the paint lasts longer on the shelf; anti-skinning agents so the paint doesn't get a film in the can; drying agents so we don't have to wait too long for it to do; antifungal agents so it doesn't mildew; solvents; coalescents; resins and numerous additives all designed to meet a particular need.
Alcohol and in extreme cases, acetone, are sometimes used as drying agents to eliminate water quicker.