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Extraction of iron on a match head

Description

Students reduce iron(III) oxide with carbon on a match head to produce iron in this small scale example of metal extraction. The experiment can be used to highlight aspects of the reactivity series.

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This is an experiment from the Practical Chemistry project, developed by the Nuffield Foundation and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
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Apparatus Chemicals

Eye protection

Each student (or pair of students) will need:

Match (non-safety) (Note 1)

Tongs (crucible tongs)

Weighing boat (small white plastic ones are ideal)

Spatula

Students will also need access to:

Bunsen burner

Heat resistant mat

Magnet (e.g. bar magnet)

Iron(III) oxide powder (Note 2)

Sodium carbonate powder (IRRITANT) (Note 2)

Water (Note 2)

Refer to Health & Safety and Technical notes section below for additional information.

 






Page last updated October 2015

Students reduce iron(III) oxide with carbon on a match head to produce iron in this small scale example of metal extraction. The experiment can be used to highlight aspects of the reactivity series.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This is a resource from the Practical Chemistry project, developed by the Nuffield Foundation and the Royal Society of Chemistry. This collection of over 200 practical activities demonstrates a wide range of chemical concepts and processes. Each activity contains comprehensive information for teachers and technicians, including full technical notes and step-by-step procedures. Practical Chemistry activities accompany Practical Physics and Practical Biology.

The experiment is also part of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Continuing Professional Development course: Chemistry for non-specialists