Striking a match in hydrogen

A match doesn't burn in an atmosphere of pure hydrogen


Fire and Flame 17 - Striking a Match in Hydrogen

by Royal Society Of Chemistry


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  1. Hydrogen

Step-by-step instruction

  1. Fill a special container with hydrogen. There should be no oxygen!
  2. Try to ignite a match in an atmosphere of hydrogen. The match doesn't burn.

Scientific background

Hydrogen doesn't contribute to burning. Thus if there is no oxygen in the container, the match doesn't burn.


Published on 14 June 2015

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  • Explosion
  • Poisoned gas
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  • Solution
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  • Color change
  • Precipitate
  • Gassing
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