Short videos of exciting demonstrations of the chemistry of everyday materials, taken from a lecture by Peter Wothers at the University of Cambridge.
Potassium nitrate can be found growing in stables!
Look what happens when hot potassium nitrate is dropped on a newspaper!
Heating up gunpowder!
Different ways of making very loud bangs!
How can we make explosive nitro-compounds using natural chemicals?
Nitroglycerin makes a pretty loud bang when you touch it!
Dramatic rocket launch using nitrocellulose as a fuel.