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Spectacular Chemical Experiments

ISBN: 978-3-527-31865-0
240 pages
July 2007
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Written by the author of the award-winning "Chemische Kabinettstücke" this book demonstrates over 80 enjoyable, impressive and sometimes almost unbelievable chemical experiments for classroom, lecture hall or home. Every experiment is explained in full, and has been tested several times such that the successful reproduction is guaranteed.
Grouped into several cycles -- water, the color blue, the color red, soles, and self-organization -- the topics are perfect for experimental lectures or school projects. Detailed illustrations and the lively writing style make this book attractive to every reader interested in chemistry who will be spellbound and educated at the same time.
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Table of Contents

Spontaneous Ignition by Adding Water
Blow Up of an Iron Ball
Regelation of Ice
Sugar Coal by Splitting off Water from Sugar with Sulfuric Acid
Sodium Billard
Boiling Water in a Paper Bowl
The Density Differences of Water and D2O
Fire under Water
Safe Production of Detonating Gas
Fuel Cell for Hydrogen and Oxygen
Hydrogen in Status Nascendi
Effusion of Hydrogen
Freezing Mixture
Rapid Crystallization
Magic Eggs
Colored Kinetics
Flushing Peppermint Tea
The Colors White -
Yellow -
Nitrogen and Hydrogen by Electrolysis
Demonstration of the Plasma State "A Sparkling Cross"
Witching Hour
Molybdenum Blue
Combustion of Sulfur in Oxygen
Phosphorus Salt Perl or Cobalt Salt Perl
Fehling's Solution
Activated Carbon Decolorizes Water Blue
Blue Bottle -
The Blue Miracle
Generatio of Blue (N2O3)dinitrogentrioxide
Bleaching with a Household Product
Ink Blue -
Solvated Electrons
Purple or Colorless - an Entertaining Demonstration
A "Red Component" in Newspapers
Bleaching of Tomato Juice with Chlorine on a Micro Scale
Production of Non Drinkable Red Wine
Red Wine as a Dolor Indicator
Silica Gel from Alkali Silicates
Red Gold
Red Gold Sol
Cherry Red Gold Sol
The Blue Gold
Silver Sol by Electric Discharge
How to Make a Silver Sol
The Reaction of Silver Nitrate with Tannin
Dissipative Structures: Chemical Patterns in Aqueous Solutions
Acidic Acid Butyl Ester in the Presence of Bromocresol Green
Precipitation Using the Gas Phase
Methods Become Accepted: Nessler's Reagent and Gaseous Ammonia
Reduction of KMnO4 with Ethyl Alcohol
Alcohol Test
An Old Hat with New Feathers -
Precipitation of AgCl with HCI Gas
A Chemical Buoy
Flower Power
Münchhausen -
The Flying Styrofoam Ball
The Remarkable Rocket
Eatable Burning Banana
Burning Pecan
Sparks and Shining Fire
Like Magic... Reduction of Copper Oxide
Electric Current from a Beer Can
Magnesium Powder Burning in the Air
The Alchemist's Gold
Imitate a Spider
Is it Methyl Alcohol or Ethyl Acohol?
Oxygen Content of the Air
Rapid Rust
Shining Dry Ice
Smoke Rings
Saturn's Rings
Oxygen from Ag2O
Flour Dust Explosion
Bromine and Potassium
Current-free Shining Flat Bottomed Cylinder
Rotating Advertising Column
S4N4 -
A Pick-me-up
A Heavyweight does not Stick to the Bottom
Icarus and the Sun
Disposal of Sodium and Potassium Residues
Color Composition: Chemistry is Art
Underwater Dance
Blue Mist
Colorful Clouds

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Author Information

Professor Herbert W. Roesky (born in 1935) is Professor for Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Göttingen. As departmental director at the University of Frankfurt/Main and Göttingen for many years, he has influenced the development of Inorganic Chemistry in Germany as nobody else. Since ever his special concern was focused on promoting students and youngster's interest in chemistry, which is supported by his several book publications and an annual christmas lecture given at the University of Göttingen.
Besides numerous honory doctorates he was awarded with the Leibniz Prize and the Grand Prix de la Maison de Chimie. For his book "Chemische Kabinettstücke", which was translated in many languages, he received the Literaturpreis of the "Fond der chemischen Industrie".
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"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this excellent book and would heartily recommend it … .As well as containing its fair share of ‘flashes and bangs’ there are also a good selection of more thoughtful and insightful demonstrations." (The Higher Education Academy Physical Sciences Centre, December 2008)

"This is a fascinating book and would be a good addition to the library, and perhaps a student chemistry prize." (SSR School Science Review, March 2008)

"Herbert Roesky has done us and the international chemistry community a big favor by translating his latest contribution in this area into English." (Angewandte Chemie International Edition, January 2008)

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