Chemical Knowledge for New Year's Eve

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Foreworks, sparkler, sparkling wine, champagne, ... there is chemistry involved everywhere


Chemistry of Fireworks

The Chemistry of Fireworks

Around the world, fireworks displays produce awe-inspiring moments on New Year's Eve

- Which Types of Fireworks Are There?

- What Is Inside a Fireworks Shell?

- How Do Fireworks Lift Off and Explode?

- What Are the Charges Composed Of?

- What Is Inside a Pyrotechnic Star?

- Where Does a Firework's Light and Color Come From?

- Which Metals Produce Which Colors?

- What are the Environmental and Health Effects of Fireworks?

What does gunpowder consist of?

Quiz: What Does Gunpowder Consist of?

Chemistry of a Sparkler

Sparklers are hand-held fireworks that burn slowly while emitting sparks. The picture shows which materials are used and which reactions occure.

Underwater Torch Made of Sparklers

The video shows how sparklers can burn under water.

Chemistry of a Hangover

Chemistry of a Hangover — Alcohol and its Consequences

How can a tiny molecule like ethanol be at the root of so much human misery?

Sparkling Wine, Champagne & Co

Sparkling Wine, Champagne & Co

- Looking a bit deeper into the glass we discover that there is a great deal of chemistry involved ... only chemistry can be this tingling

- Opening the bottle and choosing the glass – Who would have guessed that both would give us insights into thermodynamics?

- The scientific basis for the fascinating bubble dance and how to ensure it lasts as long as possible


How to serve Champagne





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