Exhibition chemistry

Spectacular science demonstrations to inspire your students

Two petri dishes wired with crocodile clips and paperclips and attached with paper which is changing colour under the charge

The movement of ions: bringing electrolysis to life

2021-10-25T07:36:00+01:00By

Demonstrate the movement of positive and negative ions with a simpler, safer version of this classic demo

A hand igniting soap bubbles in a petri dish with a lit wooden split

Dynamite soap: The combustion of stoichiometric hydrogen–oxygen mixtures

2021-08-30T07:41:00+01:00By

Add this quick demo to the end of a lesson on squeaky pops to show the dramatic impact of mixing chemicals in the correct proportions

A ruler against a glass tube with smoke forming inside

Demonstrating the diffusion of ammonia and hydrogen chloride

2021-06-21T10:08:00+01:00By

Revisiting and refining a classic diffusion demo with Declan Fleming

A photo of a metallic drop suspended in a solution and covered in bubbles

The gallium beating heart

2021-04-28T09:24:00+01:00By

Explore redox chemistry with this safer alternative to the mercury beating heart demo

A photo of flames in a glass beaker

Pyrophoric silanes

2021-03-09T05:30:00+00:00By

Use the impressive reaction of pyrophoric silanes in air to explore a range of chemistry topics with your students

A photo of a jellybaby burning in a test tube

The screaming jelly baby

2021-01-04T09:50:00+00:00By

Demonstrate energy release in action with this spectacular experiment

A photo of a heated test tube containing magnesium burning in steam, with another flame burning the hydrogen coming off

The reaction of magnesium with steam

2020-11-09T09:20:00+00:00By

How to bridge a common gap in students’ understanding of the reactivity series

An image of a jet of steam

Superheated steam

2020-09-01T11:01:00+01:00By

Ready to start a fire with water? Use this demo to teach students about enthalpy and properties of water

An image of juice from a piece of orange peel burning

When life gives you lemons (or oranges)

2020-06-22T09:05:00+01:00By

Teach your students about volatile organic compounds with these juicy demonstrations

An image of sugar burning in an evaporating dish

Don’t go breakin’ (down) my (love) heart

2020-04-20T09:33:00+01:00By

Teach chemical change and the thermal stability of carbonates with this simple demonstration using sweets

An image of a hand pouring a beaker of CO2 gas over some candles to extinguish them

Fire stopper

2020-02-17T10:32:00+00:00By

Teach the extinguishing properties and density of CO₂ safely

An image showing alkene hydrogenation

Avogadro in action

2019-12-16T10:16:00+00:00By

Hydrogenating an alkene without the need for heating