5/10/11

Amazing combustion of Mercury Thiocyanide

   Here is another chemistry related video, and this time it is combustion (burning of) Mercury Thiocyanate. This compound was formerly used in pyrotechnics causing an effect known as the "Pharaoh’s serpent" or "Pharaoh’s snake".


   It is a stable solid at room temperature that has the appearance of white powder with chunks; it can also be grey in color, depending on purity. Mercury compounds are extremely toxic and protective equipment should be used whenever working with Mercury Thiocyanate. 

   When the compound is in the presence of a strong enough heat source, a rapid exothermic reaction is started which produces a large mass of coiling serpent-like solid. An inconspicuous flame which is often blue but can also occur in yellow / orange accompanies the combustion. The resulting solid can range from dark graphite grey to light tan in color with the inside generally much darker than the outside.

Watch and be amazed by science!

via: YouTube

16 comments:

  1. That was freaking amazing!!! It looks like some kind of root.

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  2. all these crazy chemicals

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  3. WoW. Pretty crazy looking

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  4. I fucking love science! This was amazing.

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  5. You should see my snakes ;)

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  6. Wow that's crazy. I wonder how hard it is to make.

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  7. not gonna lie that was really cool

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  8. Omg I remember doing this in school. We thought that we were going to blow up the class!

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  9. omg that looks amazing, I would drop a friends lighter in there to freak them out haha

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  10. It was like Kraken or Medusa was coming up out of the sand!

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  11. this must be what those fireworks are based off.
    Those small black pellets you apply fire to, then it begins to form a long black foam.

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