Exhibition chemistry

An image showing a hand holding a test tube holder with a test tube, demonstrating the spontaneous combustion of high surface area iron

Bright sparks

The spontaneous combustion of high surface area iron

An image showing a cyanotype

The blueprint reaction

Get creative with a photochemical demo

An image showing beakers containing the chemoluminescent compound luminol in beakers

The glow stick reaction

Light up the classroom with this simple, safe and value-for-money demonstration of chemiluminescence

Series of four glass beakers, each containing a different coloured solution

Oscillating magic?

Wow them with a colour change reaction

A picture of red glow

Lighting up oxygen

Excite your students with chemiluminescence

Ice crystals forming with a black background, right-hand corner

An icebreaker for thermodynamics

Your students can learn a lot of chemistry from watching water freeze

A conical flash with white gas escaping from it (the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide)

The genie in the bottle

Demonstrating the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide

Pieces of paper covered in thermochromic ink in front of an open microwave

Light-speed learning

A quick, fun way to get students thinking about random and systematic errors, accuracy and precision

White phosphorus oxidising vigorously and in a glass Pasteur pipette, creating a small jet of flame

Flaming phosphorus

How to generate your own white phosphorus for a fiery oxidation demonstration

Round bottomed flask containing ammonium dichromate as it decomposes

Containing the dichromate volcano

An updated and safer version of this classic, spectacular chemistry demonstration

Reaction of aluminium and iodine

Clarifying compounds and mixtures

Declan Fleming clears up confusion in a puff of purple vapour

Chip pan fire demonstration

A flash in the pan

The chip pan fire demonstration

Bucket of water

Easier equilibrium

How bailing buckets can support students’ grasp of Le Chatelier’s principle

Photograph of electrical circuit

An electrifying lesson

Explaining electron transitions using LEDs

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Incendiary silver

An impressive organometallic explosive

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Creating copper

Declan Fleming presents a beautiful demonstration with lots of teaching potential

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Chilling effects

Declan Fleming delves into spontaneous endothermic reactions

Luminol chemiluminescence metal complex catalysis

Lighting up copper

Declan Fleming creates ghostly luminescent solutions

Nak alloys properties demonstration

Properties of alloys: finding the NaK

Why is NaK a liquid? Declan Fleming finds out

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Rainbow fizz

Declan Fleming presents some simple pH demonstrations

EiC Ex Chem - Corrosion rusting electrochemistry demonstration

Nailing corrosion demonstrations

Declan Fleming presents an experiment to illustrate the electrochemistry of rusting

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Seaweed spheres

Declan Fleming demonstrates gels with a culinary curiosity

Red phosphorus oxygen sun

A red sun

Declan Fleming makes a glowing sun with red phosphorus

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