So, I have never liked working with Ferric Chloride etchant when making my own PCB’s. I have tried Ammonium Persulfate, but find it a bit of a pain to heat it up to use it (doesn’t work well cold)–in fact I have nearly a kilogram (dry powder) if anyone wants it…
So, after researching, I decided to use Copper Chloride, since it can be made at home and is therefore much cheaper, and frankly easier to dispose of.
I have purchased some Muriatic Acid from Lowes, 31.45% concentration from Lowes. I am going to start with a liter of this, which works out to about 9.25 moles. That means I need about 4.62 moles of copper or about 294 grams. I am going to use about 300 grams so that hopefully all of the HCL is used up.
Now I could heat this mixture up and add some over the counter hydrogen peroxide to speed up the reaction so that it only takes a couple of hours; however, I really don’t like the idea… So I am just bubbling air through the solution. My understanding is that this reaction can take days to ‘start’ and that once started the speed of reaction increases.
So I started the process 24 hours ago. The color of the solution has experienced a slight change (less yellow), and the copper is showing signed of reacting with the HCL. Anyway, I plan to document how long the reaction takes to completion.
Does anyone know what the pH is of a solution of saturated copper chloride is in water?