Incredibly beautiful chemistry: the best videos with experiments
Chemistry is such a strange thing, people either don’t like it at all or really adore everything connected with it, including obligatory smoke, explosions and flames. The Chemistry is Simple group is one of the most popular places among real fans of this business. Community organizers run their own video channel, talking about individual chemical elements and equipment, about the simplest concepts and some quite complex ones. Well, some videos will be interesting even to those who still do not like "everything chemical." For example, not so long ago, Alexander Ivanov and his colleagues conducted a significant experiment with the drowning of uranium scrap in mercury.
Fans of "chemistry in the kitchen" will be able to find many ideas in the channel "Simple Science". Simplicity, accessibility, visibility - it seems that the host Denis Mokhov is guided by this. Some experiments are very well known, although Denis manages to remove them very interestingly. What is at least the decomposition of chromium oxide. Unfortunately, the reaction described is incorrect: in fact, when heated, chromium (VI) oxide is reduced, oxidizing the organic solvent (acetone) up to spontaneous combustion. The host spontaneous combustion turned out to be on the top five with a plus.
Well, the really beautiful chemical videos are made by the Beautiful Chemistry project team. The next video is just a presentation of their works, a couple of years ago awarded the prize of the VIZZIES Visualization Challenge contest, which is organized by the American National Science Foundation (NSF) in conjunction with the journal Popular Science. On the site of Beautiful Chemistry you can find a lot of beautiful shots of spectacular reactions and other processes, as well as the bright structures of molecules - from simple hydrogen to DNA, quasicrystals and organometallics.
By the way, the Beautiful Chemistry project has recently expanded - the team is also engaged in other bright scientific visualizations under the new Beauty of Science umbrella. The first of these will be Seeing Heat. So far, only the trailer has been released, but it is also impressive: eight conventional thermodynamic processes - boiling water, heat from a computer, etc. - shot through a thermal imaging camera look very unusual.