Hydrogen peroxide decomposition using different catalysts

Description

Several measuring cylinders are set up each containing a little washing up liquid and a small amount of a catalyst for the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is poured into the cylinders and a foam rises up the cylinders at a rate that depends on the effectiveness of the catalyst.

Type of Activity

:
demonstration

Audience

:
Teacher

Age Group

:
14 to 18 years
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This experiment is part of the Royal Society of Chemistry's publication Classic Chemistry Demonstrations.

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