- Ignite a Bunsen burner.
- Throw some zirconium powder 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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Zr + O2 → ZrO2
2 Zr + N2 → 2 ZrN
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.