Violent explosion of gaseous mixture
name: Oxidation of hydrogen with fluorine
Reaction of fluorine with hydrogen
Wear eye protection goggles. Fluorine is a poisonous gas! Work in a fume hood or outdoors. The power of the explosion is quite strong. Keep away from experimental facility.
Always follow general safety
recommendations. Please note that conducting chemistry
experiments you must comply with the relevant legal procedures in
- Inflate a balloon with two liters of hydrogen from a gas cylinder.
- Connect the balloon to a vessel with fluorine.
- Turn on the supply of fluorine.
- Observe a powerful explosion.
Fluorine is the most electronegative element with an incomplete electron shell. Based on this fact, we can expect very strong oxidative activity of fluorine.
Hydrogen is a good reducing agent. The well-known reaction between chlorine and hydrogen is accompanied by an explosion. Fluorine is a stronger oxidant than chlorine, therefore the explosion in this case is stronger, and the reaction does not require activation.