Zirconium in the flame

Many sparks are obtained when zirconium pieces are put in the flame

Scientific name: Oxidation of zirconium in the flame

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Safety

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Reaction formula

Zr + O2 → ZrO2

2 Zr + N2 → 2 ZrN

Reagents

  1. Zirconium

Step-by-step instruction

  1. Ignite a Bunsen burner.
  2. Throw some zirconium powder in the flame.

Scientific background

Zirconium is a highly combustible metal. In the flame it reacts with oxygen and nitrogen from air forming zirconium dioxide and zirconium nitride. Zirconium burns with a dazzling bright light.

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Published on 22 October 2015

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