WARNING! This experiment is dangerous! You should NOT perform this at home. ONLY carry out this experiment, if you are a trained chemist, and you understand local safety and legal requirements, which are required to perform such experiments
- Prepare two oxidant liquids. The first one is concentrated nitric acid. The second one is the mixture of potassium permanganate and concentrated sulfuric acid.
- Place oxidizers into evaporation dishes.
- Add turpentine dropwise to the nitric acid using a pipette. Turpentine ignites in contact with the oxidizer. In the reaction with nitric acid a brown gas of NO2 is formed.
- For the demonstration of the reaction of turpentine with concentrated sulfuric acid with potassium permanganate, soak a cotton ball in turpentine and insert it in an oxidant mixture. The cotton ball quickly ignites.