During the Karl Fischer titration of different erythromycin samples we found out that they can behave differently. Erythromycin A undergoes a pH-dependant side reaction causing unstable endpoints, so the working medium needs additional buffering. In a sample declared as Erythromycin only, the end points have been much more stable and standard reagents can be used. Both one-component and two-component volumetric titration is recommended.
Hydranal-Water Standard 10.0, Hydranal-Water Standard 1.0, and Hydranal-Standard Sodium Tartrate Dihydrate are suitable for determination of the titer or control of the volumetric determination.
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