White phosphorus oxidising vigorously and in a glass Pasteur pipette, creating a small jet of flame

Flaming phosphorus

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How to generate your own white phosphorus for a fiery oxidation demonstration

Round bottomed flask containing ammonium dichromate as it decomposes

Containing the dichromate volcano

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An updated and safer version of this classic, spectacular chemistry demonstration

Man standing in front of large blackboard covered in confusing equations

Take it easy on the equations. Let me explain …

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Our current approach to teaching physical chemistry is not working

10 eggshells with faces drawn on them

Not ‘clever enough’ to be a scientist? Nonsense.

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It’s time we stopped equating science with braininess

Microscale chemistry

Making practical work more effective

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Microscale chemistry and well-ordered teaching sequences reduce cognitive overload

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