Chemistry Experiments

The following is a collection of chemistry experiments that we've collected over the years - the majority being from classic chemistry texts. We generally stock all the chemicals & supplies necessary to perform the experiments below. If a case exists where we do not stock a required chemical or piece of labware, other sources will be cited in the experiment text.
The chemistry experiments below are intended for those educated chemistry and who already posses a basic working knowledge of standard laboratory safety procedures. Even something as simple as boiling water in a flask can potentially explode and cause blindness or burns. As other potentially dangerous chemicals are included, any experiment has the possibility of causing injury.

If you choose to perform any of the experiments on this website, you must proceed at your own risk and take responsibilities for your own actions. We cannot accept responsibility for accidents arising from the use or abuse of this information. Although we have taken great care to make sure the information contained here is accurate, there always exists the possibility that there is a missed error somewhere that could result in unexpected consequences.
As always, basic safety equipment and procedures are called for.

Chemical Light: the eerie glow of Luminol A fascinating demonstration of chemiluminescence - the production of light by chemical reaction. When the chemical Luminol is oxidized in the presence of a catalyst, it produces an eerie blue glow. Potassium Hydroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide
Sodium Ferrocyanide
Find Traces of Blood - CSI Another chemical demonstration using Luminol. Microscopic traces of blood will glow an eerie blue in the dark when sprayed with this solution. Great for Crime Scene Investigation training & general police work. Potassium Hydroxide 
Hydrogen Peroxide
Mysterious Sodium Acetate Solutions of Sodium Acetate can instantly turn solid and become liquid again. This unusual chemical is what reusable Hand Warmers are made from and is fascinating to experiment with.
Sodium Acetate
Make a Super Ball The familiar high bouncing & colorful Super balls are actually Silicate based polymers that can be easily made by mixing two liquids together to form a solid with amazing elastic properties. Sodium Silicate and either Ethyl alcohol or Phenolphthalein
Black Powder (Gunpowder) Manufacture The basis of most fireworks, model rocket engines and old firearms was Black Powder. Easily make small amounts of this historic mixture for pyrotechnic experiments or for use in small rocket motors.

Potassium Nitrate Sulfur

Instant Cold! Mix just a small amount of water with one chemical, and the temperature immediately drops to near freezing! Make your own instant Ice Packs.
An easy and surprising experiment.

Ammonium Nitrate
Making Nitrous Oxide Nitrous Oxide (also known as Laughing Gas) is an oxidizer used in rocket fuels and to boost the power of race cars. You can make some and demonstrate its power as an oxidizer in this experiment.
Ammonium Nitrate
Silver Tree Using a clean piece of Copper wire, water, and a glass container, make a pure Silver tree by extracting the Silver metal from a Silver Nitrate solution.
Silver Nitrate
Exploding Balloon This self-inflating balloon explodes when held over a lit candle. A classic attention grabbing classroom demonstration.
Calcium Carbide
Make Pure Sand Very few places on Earth will one find pure, white Sand. It is easily made in the home laboratory with two common chemicals.

Sodium Silicate
Sodium Bisulfate

The Amazing Chemical Garden Various chemical crystals dropped into a clear solution quickly grow over a period of about 1/2 hour to produce a stunning and colorful landscape. A variety of different chemicals can be used as 'seeds'. Sodium Silicate & small amounts of various other chemicals. See Text.
Bismuth Crystals Make stunning, multicolor Bismuth crystals from the molten metal. Bismuth melts at a fairly low temperature so this can be done using the kitchen stove as a heat source.
Bismuth metal
Negative X: Start a Fire With Water A very popular chemistry demo. This combination of chemicals produces a highly water sensitive mixture that instantly ignites when a drop of water lands on it. Ammonium Nitrate
Ammonium Chloride
 Zinc Dust
Uranium Extraction from Ore Using the Alkaline Extraction method, remove the Uranium from Carnotite Uranium ore to produce Uranyl Tricarbonate. Part 1 of 2 experiments. Sodium Carbonate
Sodium Bicarbonate
 Uranium Ore
Make Light Sensitive Silver Chloride Paper Similar to the way photographic paper works, this experiment will produce a small coated sheet of paper that changes color on exposure to light.
Silver Nitrate
Underwater Exploding Bubbles A great chemistry demo showing the reaction between Acetylene and Chlorine. As the bubbles of the two gasses collide, a tiny explosion & flash of light is produced underwater.
Calcium Carbide
Clorox bleach
Smoke Bombs Light a tiny piece of this solid mixture (about the size of your thumb), and it makes a giant cloud of smoke in seconds! Very popular as a smoke screen with our customers that are into Paintball tournaments.
Potassium Nitrate Sugar, Safety Fuse