Sunday, December 22, 2013

Making nylon

There is something magical about mixing two liquids and pulling out a solid ever-increasing in length. That is to say, ever-increasing until the strand breaks or the reagents run out. There are various strategies for getting the longest possible strand out, this was the first year for the demonstration of the technique below:

The Castleton Chemistree of 2013

Take a stand, clamps, water, food coloring, a modeling kit and fascinating pieces of glassware. Build a chemistree :-)
A really fun activity with a lab full of tired orgo students. And the results are rather cozy.

Check out the reflections on the lab bench!