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Ancient alchemy in the classroom: a honey-based, deflagrating pyrotechnic

Wolfenden, AV and Kilah, NL ORCID: 0000-0002-0615-3791 2018 , 'Ancient alchemy in the classroom: a honey-based, deflagrating pyrotechnic' , Journal of Chemical Education, vol. 95, no. 8 , pp. 1350-1353 , doi: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00978.

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A simple, honey-based pyrotechnic demonstration is presented. The demonstration has been derived from alchemical writings, and highlights the importance of alchemical preparations on the development of gunpowder, chemistry, and the scientific method. The demonstration involves the combustion of mixtures of honey, potassium nitrate, and sulfur which were observed to burn with brilliant flame, heat, smoke, and sound. The combustion was rapid, visually attractive, and surprising to chemist and non-specialist viewer alike.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Wolfenden, AV and Kilah, NL
Keywords: honey, alchemy, deflagration, demonstration
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Chemical Education
Publisher: Amer Chemical Soc
ISSN: 0021-9584
DOI / ID Number: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00978
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Copyright 2018 American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc

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