Saturday, 4 August 2012

Phosphine Smoke-rings & Explosive Polymerisation Produced in Adrian's Splendid Chemistry Laboratory

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Adrian from Ireland has created a wonderful "Cathedral of Chemistry" - a home laboratory par excellence!
Not only is his lab stocked with an extensive range of chemicals in vintage reagent bottles, he has acquired some lovely glassware and has built a church organ in the lab for suitable dramatic music to accompany his experiments. 

In the following videos, Adrian shows us the preparation of phosphine gas from yellow phosphorus & sodium hydroxide solution (& its pyrophoric nature), and then the explosive polymerisation & carbonisation of  nitro aniline by conc. sulphuric acid.





AND NOW, the full tour of Adrian's Lab....




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Unrelated to this post, below is an example of
eclectic science esoterica 

photo Peter W√∂hrer
Mid air spider wasp with prey




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