In this video we make tertiary alcohols using the (in)famous Grignard reaction.
Briefly, an alkyl halide is reacted with magnesium metal to form an organometallic alkyl magnesium halide. This is the grignard reagent. This reagent is then reacted with a...
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In this video we show how to use Anodization to give colors to silver coins, also known as toning.
First we mix 200mL of water, 10g of powdered sulfur and 20g of sodium hydroxide and stir for ten minutes or so. This forms a solution of sodium polysulfide...
In this video we show you how to levitate pencil lead.
In a previous video we showed that pyrolytic graphite was diamagnetic, it was repelled by magnetic field, and that this repulsion was strong enough to levitate it.
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In this video we process the potassium chlorate made by electrolysis in a previous video.
Overall we're making potassium chlorate from potassium chloride by electrolysis. Previous video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Enf76lBNUIY
To process it, remove...
In this video we show how to make potassium chlorate from potassium chloride by electrolysis.
For the anode, carbon, platinum or mixed metal oxide works best. For the cathode, almost any metal can be used but titanium is preferred.
The electrodes are s...
In this video we make a chemiluminescent reaction that is activated by a vapor.
The reaction is very easy to perform: Mix 3mL of dimethyl phthalate, 3mg of fluorescent dye such as rubrene, and 3mL of hydrogen peroxide (30%) and shake. Let the mixture sep...
In this video we obtain the useful solvents diethyl ether and heptane from car starter fluid. Sign up for a free trial at audible: http://audible.com/nurdrage
First, spray the car starter fluid into a flask. Setup a fractional distillation apparatus arou...
In this video we make sodium magnesium oxide aggregate. A useful substitute for sodium metal in most cases.
Doing this is very simple, we combine 30g of magnesium metal turnings or powder and 40g of sodium hydroxide in a metal container. The mixture is i...
In this video we recover the gallium that was used to induce structural failure in various aluminum objects.
First, the aluminum is covered with about 10 times its mass in water and a stoichiometric amount (to the aluminum) of sodium hydroxide is added. ...
In this video we create a glow stick that pulses light.
To this we first dissolve 37mg of copper sulfate in 100mL water. In a separate container we dissolve 3.6g potassium thiocyanate, 1g sodium hydroxide and 0.2g luminol in 200mL of water. This solutio...
In this video we test if methyl ethyl ketone peroxide, an "organic peroxide" can activate glow sticks like inorganic hydrogen peroxide.
Answer: It doesn't.
On the other hand sodium percarbonate works quite well as long as you add some water to dissolve ...
In this video we obtain ammonium nitrate from instant cold packs.
Ammonium nitrate is useful for making potassium nitrate, sodium nitrate and nitric acid. In the past they could be obtained directly from instant cold packs as clean white crystals but now...
In this video we recover platinum from platinum containing laboratory chemical waste.
This method was heavily drawn from the method at this citation: G.B. Kauffman, L.A. Teter, Inorg. Synth. 7 (1963) 232–236
Now laboratory chemical waste needs to be ...