A Convenient, Effective, and Safer Flame Demonstration

Peer reviewed: 
Yes, item is peer reviewed.
Scholarly level: 
Faculty/Staff
Final version published as: 

Canal, J. P., Sharma, R. D., & Tailor, H. N. (2019). A Convenient, Effective, and Safer Flame Demonstration. Journal of Chemical Education. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.8b01010

 

Date created: 
2019-08-07
Keywords: 
High School/Introductory Chemistry
First-Year Undergraduate/General
Second-Year Undergraduate
Demonstration
Inorganic Chemis
Abstract: 

The well-described flame demonstration illustrates different aspects of energy, electronic transition, atomic structure, and the electromagnetic spectrum. Burning salts dissolved in a solvent produces visually appealing and vividly colored flames but many incidents have been reported from improper use of solvents and further use of this method has been strongly discouraged. Although alternative approaches have been developed to address some of the safety concerns, they do not match the convenience of use and vibrant colors produced using this new method. Presented, is a new approach on the standard flame demonstration that mitigates all concern regarding solvent use and restores the convenient aspects and brilliance of color of the traditional flame demonstration without compromising safety.

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The full text of this paper will be available in August 2020 due to the embargo policies of Journal of Chemical Education. Contact summit@sfu.ca to enquire if the full text of the accepted manuscript can be made available to you.

Language: 
English
Document type: 
Article
Rights: 
Rights remain with the authors.
Sponsor(s): 
Department of Chemistry at Simon Fraser University (SFU)
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