Chemical compounds are simplified under the generic "reagent" denomination. All reagents are assumed to be liquids of some sort.
All reagents have a coarseness factor (a baseline could be the atom count) examples:
Unlike typical ss13 I don't really want to make it too easy to separate reagents. Because that sounds interesting and also fun.
Reagent can be caught by a filter if its coarseness is higher than the filter's , example:
Using a paper filter and a coffee pot for instance, you can brew ground coffee by mixing it with hot water.
Boiling a reagent mixture will cause the volatile reagents to turn into gas form (should that be a heat catalysed reaction or a function of the machine?).
(what about the boil temperature? Given that all our gasses excepted steam are gasses at STP?)
Reagents with the "solid" flag can be turned into cubes/pellets/sheets/bars.
Example: Water will turn into Ice below 0°C and Ice can be fed into a Compactor which will produce Ice cubes.
Could this be used for food production too? like compacted protein bars?