Exhibition chemistry

Spectacular science demonstrations to inspire your students

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

An ethanol burner sits on tiles with a pipette above while a clamp holds an inverted syringe in a beaker. A tube goes from the pipette into the liquid in the beaker. A second syringe is attached to the first with a 3-way Luer connector

Cracking!

2019-11-04T12:22:00+00:00By

Here’s how to crack the cracking of long chain hydrocarbons