Exhibition chemistry

Spectacular science demonstrations to inspire your students

A hand using scissor-handle tweezers to hold a piece of paper that is on fire but not burning

Non-burning paper: investigate the fire triangle and conditions for combustion


Use this reworking of the classic non-burning £5 note demonstration to explore combustion with learners aged 11–16 years

A glass beaker pouring liquid uphill into another

Illustrate polymer properties with a self-siphoning solution


Demonstrate the tubeless siphon with poly(ethylene glycol) and highlight the polymer’s viscoelasticity to your 11–16 learners

A photo of a test tube of a clear liquid containing with brown-edged blue liquid blobs. The test tube is also submerged in a clear liquid.

Demonstrate concentration and density with a transition metal colloid cell


Boost 11–14 learners’ understanding of diffusion and transition metal chemistry

A round glass flask glowing blue

Highlight transition metal chemistry with an oscillating luminol reaction


Light up your 16–18 learners’ interest in catalysis and transition metal properties with this chemiluminescent reaction

A series of photos of glass beakers of a clear blue liquid turning to an opaque orange. Then another clear chemical is added by syringe and the liquid turns back to clear blue.

Reversible reactions with transition metal complexes


Use this copper-based, colour-changing demonstration to introduce your 14–16 learners to reversible reactions

A number of glass conical flasks attached by clamps to a metal stand. Each flask has a colourful balloon sealed around its neck that has been sucked inside the flask.

Demonstrate changes of state using volume differences


Use this demonstration to reinforce the differences between states of matter with your 11–14 learners

Lots of small bubbles in a clear liquid rising to the surface

Creating a supersaturated gas evolving oscillator


Use this fizzy practical for a kinetic and thermodynamic showdown in class

A glass vial with a white lid containing a green liquid that is separating between blue at the top and yellow at the bottom. Other vials of different two-colour liquids are behind.

Demonstrate intermolecular forces with colourful separations


Layer intermolecular interactions into your practical lessons with these chromatic experiments

A round glass flask holding blue liquid and a teabag

Brew up interest in redox with this quick reduction


Use this fresh, fast approach to demonstrate the colourful oxidation states of vanadium

Oxidation states

Demonstrating the chameleon redox reaction with a lollipop


Give your students a sweet treat with this colourful manganate(VII) reaction demo

Fire exploding from a can

Demonstrating the importance of surface area to rates of reaction


Use a combustible powder demo to engage students and teach them about safety in the lab

A hand with some burning paper

The production and combustion of nitrocellulose


Get your students engaged in a flash with this impressive demo