Instructables
video Ghost Metal Chemistry Trick
In a variation of luminol chemiluminescence, we make a coin appear to glow with ghostly trails.

Get 10mg of luminol and dissolve it in 10mL of 10% ammonia solution, the exact concentration isn't critical. Then add 1mL of 3% hydrogen peroxide and dilute the whole solution into 100mL of distilled water.

Get a piece of copper metal, a penny will do, and drop it in with the lights out.

The penny will start to glow as the surface dissolves to form a copper amine complex. The complex catalyzes the reaction of hydrogen peroxide on luminol and causes the solution near the coin to glow. Bright trails can be seen if the copper is moved.

Eventually the concentration of copper in solution rises to the point that all of solution glows and masks the glow near the coin. The reaction will quickly extinguish as the luminol is used up.

It seems the reaction works best with copper. I wasn't able to get it work with iron.
paverphalange4 months ago

great,Get a piece of copper metal

motherprune5 months ago

Thats interesting

cobbledbeard5 months ago

Very interesting!

mousepaper5 months ago

Phenomenal...!!

Thats interesting...

amazedgreen5 months ago

Extraordinary

fastbobble5 months ago

Thats useful

gorgeddamp5 months ago


Its calme

clearedeager5 months ago

Thats astonishing

illrings6 months ago


This is so great!

airbugger6 months ago

Thats ideal..



Thats grand...

headlymph6 months ago

nice

tealrink6 months ago

NICE

grousebandit6 months ago

Thats magnificent

harechubby7 months ago

great

clapfilk7 months ago

super

cheshirecorn7 months ago

Thats brilliant

super

workexaminer8 months ago


Its astounding

Funky and cool and looks like fun.
BunnyRoger1 year ago
Amazing.
That is so cool, very nice!!
MAApleton1 year ago
Very cool idea to show kids the chemical reactions taking place, and have some fun in between as well.
Thats beneficial
rc jedi2 years ago
Nurdrage is the best. Check out his other vids and projects!
azharz2 years ago
Very nice.
AtomRat2 years ago
Pretty neat chemistry effect! Would the reaction be just as impressive if the two are switched by placing the solution into a copper bowl? Shame it doesn't last very long though. Did you guys get a new mic as well, very crisp sound in this vid of yours.
rimar20002 years ago
Very interesting!

And thanks for the captions!!