Short videos of exciting demonstrations of the chemistry of everyday materials, taken from a lecture by Peter Wothers at the University of Cambridge.
In the past, people made ammonia gas from deer's antlers!
Find out how ammonia got its name from an Egyptian god and some camels!
Watch how ammonia can turn a red rose black.
A demonstration of how ammonia is very soluble in water.
Pure iron is very rarely found in nature, because it's so reactive.
Fine iron powder reacts with the air causing sparks, just like in sparklers on Bonfire Night.
Dramatic reaction of iron and oxygen!
There's no gold in sight in fool's gold - a compound of iron and sulphur!
Where do we find sulphur in nature?
Burning sulphur produces sulphur dioxide gas - watch the effect it has on a rose!
Some of the beautiful minerals of sulphur and how we use them.