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Making rayon

Description

Cellulose, in the form of cotton wool or filter paper, is used in this experiment to form rayon fibres.

Credits

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This is an experiment from the Practical Chemistry project, developed by the Nuffield Foundation and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
making-rayon



Apparatus Chemicals

Eye protection

Beakers (250 cm3), 2

Beaker (1 dm3)

Glass stirring rod

Plastic syringe (10 cm3 or 20 cm3) fitted with a hypodermic needle (Note 1)

Access to a fume cupboard

Access to a magnetic stirrer (optional)

Cotton wool (about 2 cotton balls), 2 g (Note 2)

Basic copper carbonate (HARMFUL), 10 g

Concentrated 880 ammonia solution (CORROSIVE, DANGEROUS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT), 100 cm3

Sulfuric acid, about 1 M (IRRITANT), 500 cm3

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

 









Cellulose, in the form of cotton wool or filter paper, is used in this experiment to form rayon fibres.

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.