The 27 Most Impressive Chemical Reactions

Listen, chemicals are super awesome, and super dangerous. Best to enjoy them from the protection of your computer screen.

1. Ammonium dichromate looks pretty cool when you burn it:

ID: 909362

2. Aluminum meets bromine:

ID: 909275

3. Caesium and fluorine are a reactive combo:

ID: 909281

4. Water and liquid nitrogen make pretty good cover for escape:

ID: 909323

5. Take one part hydrogen peroxide, one part potassium iodide, and a little soap, and you’ve got yourself a tiny mushroom cloud:

ID: 909377

6. (You can also do it in a jack-o-lantern:)

ID: 909400

7. Make sure to avoid using gallium spoons in hot water:

ID: 909443

8. If you ever mix cesium and water, make sure to take a step back first:

ID: 909464

9. Glycine-nitrate reaction with precursors of barium nitrate, zirconyl nitrate and yttrium nitrate to form BaZr0.8Y0.2O3 (whatever that means):

ID: 909494

10. Strontium, sulfur, And heat make for an unexpected light show:

ID: 909504

11. Diethylzinc has a pesky habit of spontaneously combusting on contact with air:

ID: 909512

12. Strong cup of coffee? Nope, just sulphuric acid causing explosive polymerization of p nitro aniline:

ID: 909519

13. Gasoline + Fire = Awesome:

ID: 909544

14. If you ever need some improvised rocket fuel, just drop a catalyst into some potassium chlorate and sugar:

ID: 909551

15. Sodium Polyacrylate aka Instant Snow:

ID: 909587

16. Lithium and fire get along pretty nicely:

ID: 909591

17. The reason you should avoid getting and snake venom in your blood:

ID: 909631

18. Copper and nitric acid:

ID: 909638

19. Gallium melts aluminum, which is pretty cool:

ID: 909646

20. Nitrous Oxide and Carbon Disulfide (aka The Barking Dog Experiment):

ID: 909673

21. Ever wonder what happens when you drop a gummi bear into potassium chlorate? This:

ID: 909681

22. Calcium gluconate and a little open flame:

ID: 909697

23. Nitrogen triiodide is touchy enough to be detonated by a feather:

ID: 909715

24. Here’s what happens to Coke cans in hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide:

ID: 909739

25. This one’s pretty simple. Just some alcohol in a glass carboy:

ID: 909751

Not technically chemical reactions, but these are pretty cool too:

ID: 909725

26. This is what happens when you heat up a CD and blow on it in cold weather:

ID: 909263

27. Laminar flow is a pretty neat party trick:

ID: 909354

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