Advanced Home-chemistry Experiments

Growing into the realm of advanced home-chemistry experiments is a wonderful way to expand your knowledge in the field of chemistry. Whether you choose to make home-chemistry a way of practicing what you learnt at school or just a way of learning more about the subject at home, these advanced home-chemistry experiments go quite a long way in giving you more interesting facts about chemistry at home.

There are many interesting advanced home-chemistry experiments that you can do but these are the ones that tend to be more popular than others. Read through them and you'll know why!

Make Diesel in your Garage

If you are looking for an interesting experiment that also gives you something back, use this advanced home-chemistry experiment to create some fuel for your car. Now, while this might come under the banner of "advanced home-chemistry experiments", it isn't really that something incredibly difficult. It is more advanced because of the nature of the concept. Using simple cooking oil and other chemicals, you can make fuel for your car in the simplest ways possible.

Setup your garage or workshop to have a container big enough to hold the entire fuel. Add about a litre of vegetable oil, preferably used. Then, add about 3.5 grams of sodium hydroxide, found in most drain cleaners, to the oil. Add about 200 ml of Methanol to the solution and start mixing it together. You don't need to mix it too well because the mixing process has nothing to do with the actual chemical reaction. Make sure none of the containers are made of plastic because methanol, in the pure form, will react with the plastic.

Pour out the mixture into a wide-mouth jar and set it aside. It will start separating into two distinct liquids and the one on top, once the liquids separate completely, is your bio-diesel. All you need to do is make sure your diesel car's engine has no diesel. Then, pour in your newly-made bio-diesel and your car will run like normal - no modifications required!

Coloured Fire

Once again, advanced home-chemistry experiments aren't about complexity, at all times, they are usually about the amount of danger involved. More hazardous chemicals or chemical processes are defined as "advanced" because it is dangerous for really young children to do them without supervision. To make coloured fire, once again, you need some skill at handling the flammable materials and the whole process of throwing something into the fire. To make coloured fire, all you need are some dry colorants, some bits of log soaked in alcohol and some sawdust or pinecones.

The pinecones or sawdust are the main carriers of the colorants so you need to prepare them by dunking them in water and soaking them completely. Before dunking them in, stir in the colorant into the water, until you cannot dissolve it anymore. Then throw your sawdust or pinecones into it and soak them thoroughly. Let them soak for a while, overnight if possible, before pulling them out and letting them dry out.

Once they are dry, you can put them in a container, pour some rubbing alcohol over it, if the colorants aren't alcohol based already, and light a fire underneath. When it gets hot enough, you will have your colour flames as the alcohol catches fire! To get the colour you want, you can check a chart for these colorants, available easily over the Internet.

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

What is the quickest and most interesting way of making ice cream? Dunk it in liquid nitrogen! That's right, liquid nitrogen is one of the coldest known substances on the planet and its ability to freeze anything, including your fingers, is unbelievable. If you are planning to make ice cream at home, using liquid nitrogen, make sure that you are wearing protecting gear, which means gloves and goggles.

First, whisk equal amounts of cream and sugar in a bowl, separately, until the sugar has completely dissolved in the cream. Then, add the flavour that you want to get the final taste you need. Now comes the role of the liquid nitrogen so it's time to put on the safety gear. Pour the liquid nitrogen into the bowl where you've got those ingredients mixed up and ready to go. Keep stirring slowly and keep adding liquid nitrogen every now and then. The smoother the stirring process, the more liquid nitrogen you need to add. Slowly, the mixture will start getting thicker and once it's too thick to stir, pour in the remainder of the liquid nitrogen and allow it to harden the mixture.

Before stirring, make sure you allow all the liquid nitrogen to heat- or boil-off and then you are ready to have your ice-cream. Just be careful to not let your skin come in contact with the liquid nitrogen at any point of time and you should be good to go with another one of those advanced home-chemistry experiments in the bag.

A hobby should be fun and as you grow up, regular home-chemistry isn't enough. If you have a child who's grown out of those smaller experiments and you wish to encourage their enthusiasm in this field, then introduce them to advanced home-chemistry experiments.

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