Dissolve Cotton

Cellulose is immune to many well-known solvents like acetone or diluted acids. Using Schweizer’s Reagent we will be able to dissolve and reform Cellulose.  Key Takeaways Schweizer’s reagent is the chemical complex tetraamminediaquacopper dihydroxide, [Cu(NH3)4(H2O)2](OH)2 Schweizer’s reagent forms a cellulose-copper complex, which is soluble in water Acids will destroy the complex and release cellulose again What chemicals will… Continue reading Dissolve Cotton

Silver Tree Chemistry Experiment

This beautiful experiment shows you how to grow your own tree which magically turns copper wire to silver crystals. Key Takeaways Silver is a less reactive metal than copper, which means copper metal can force silver out of solutions of silver salts A single-displacement reaction occurs Cu + 2AgNO3 -> 2Ag + Cu(NO3)2 What you… Continue reading Silver Tree Chemistry Experiment