Palladium with hydrogen

Hydrogen is ignited by palladium metal

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Fire and Flame 30 - Palladium with Hydrogen

by Royal Society Of Chemistry

Safety

Wear eye protection goggles. There is a serious fire risk - a fire extinguisher should be ready.

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Reaction formula

2H2 + O2 -[Pd]→ 2H2O

Reagents

  1. Hydrogen
  2. Palladium

Step-by-step instruction

  1. Connect a Bunsen burner with a hydrogen balloon in order to feed hydrogen via the burner.
  2. Take some palladium powder with a cotton swab.
  3. Open a burner outlet to feed hydrogen and introduce the cotton swab into the gas current. After a few seconds hydrogen ignites.

Scientific background

A mixture of hydrogen and oxygen is highly flammable and it is easy to ignite it. Palladium catalyzes the reaction between hydrogen and oxygen, and hydrogen becomes flammable.

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Published on 14 June 2015

  • Fire
  • Heating with fire
  • Explosion
  • Poisoned gas
  • Organic
  • Electricity
  • Solution
  • Oxidation reduction
  • Color change
  • Precipitate
  • Gassing
  • Catalyst