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Incredible Chemical Reactions Caught on Camera


Beauty of Science is a project that wants to engage people with science through stunning macro photos and videos of chemical reactions. Photographer Wenting Zhu of Hefei, China, captures the incredible sequences of chemistry in action.

Here are two videos show gas-generating reactions taking place. Each clip is annotated with the relevant chemical reaction, which will be interesting for any chemists reading.

Another shows electrodeposition occurring, creating “metal structures” of incredible design. The clip shows copper, tin, zinc, lead, and silver.

Metal displacement shows crystal growth as one reactive metal displaces another from a salt solution.

Precipitation reactions occur when cations and anions in solution create an insoluble solid, generating these incredible patterns and colors.

PetaPixel previously featured another project by the same creators which showed the crystalization process up-close.

To see more work from Beauty of Science, take a look at the project’s InstagramVimeoFacebook, and website.

(via Behance via Colossal)