Determination of weak bases in nonaqueous media through catalyzed thermometric endpoint titration (CETT)


Weak, organic bases that are soluble in nonaqueous solvents (including nonpolar solvents) are determined in glacial acetic acid using titration with strong acids, e. g., anhydrous perchloric acid or trifluoromethanesulfonic acid. The endpoint of such titrations can be determined thermometrically, insofar as a suitable thermometric endpoint indicator exists. The exceptional suitability of isobutyl vinyl ether (IBVE) as indicator has been demonstrated.