"Thunder in a Test Tube" With Ethanol and Acetone

Introduction: "Thunder in a Test Tube" With Ethanol and Acetone

This reaction is called "Thunder in a Test tube", sometimes "Testube Thunderstorm", simply becuase internal combustions of ethanol ,acetone (or other similar flammable organic liquid), producing sound, light similar to that of lightning, and the unexpectable result of it.

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Music: Thinking Out Loud by Kevin MacLeod @ incompetech.com
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    6 Discussions

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    lemonie
    lemonie

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I assume you did this in a fume-cupboard? Alkyl-sulphate esters are rather toxic...

    L

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    cforchemistry
    cforchemistry

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I turn the air-current to low to prevent the sound of fume cupboard to interfere the sound of the tube. So I just stay in other room after I added the permanganate.

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    jexter
    jexter

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Very cool reaction. Regarding the fume-hood fan noise, you might consider turning down the music soundtrack as well; it's probably just me, but the volume of it seemed to be at least as load of the demo, which was distracting.

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    lemonie
    lemonie

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Wise I suppose. And they can be helluva noisy too.

    L

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    cforchemistry
    cforchemistry

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    If the vacuum system is on, then there will be no thunderstorm but tornado : )