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Fenton’s Reagent—Chemical Demonstration Kit

By: Randy Sullivan, University of Oregon

Item #: AP7435

Price: $45.65

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With Fenton's Reagent Environmental Chemical Demonstration Kit, show students the oxidizing power of this “old-time” chemical concoction by breaking down a series of colorful and fluorescent organic molecules.

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H. J. H. Fenton, an English chemist, discovered in 1894 that some metal ions, particularly the iron(II) ion, catalyze the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide to generate highly reactive intermediates. Fenton’s reaction has been “rediscovered” and is now used to break down a large variety of water and soil pollution molecules, e.g. phenols, pesticides, and rubber chemicals. Show students the oxidizing power of this “old-time” chemical concoction by breaking down a series of colorful and fluorescent organic molecules. Includes valuable Teacher Notes with helpful teaching tips, reproducible student worksheets, and enough materials to perform the demonstration seven times. Concepts: Catalyst, green chemistry, emission spectra, redox reactions. Time Required: 20 minutes Materials Provided: Hydrogen peroxide, ferrous ammonium sulfate, sulfuric acid solution, green food dye solution, tonic water (quinine), fluorescein solution, test tubes.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Ferrous ammonium sulfate, 10 g
Fluorescein solution, 1%, 500 mL
Food dye, green, 15 mL
Hydrogen peroxide, McKesson®, 3%, 4 oz
Hydrogen peroxide,  3%, 473 mL
Sulfuric acid solution, 1 M, 100 mL
Tonic water, bottle, 1 L
Test tube, disposable, 25 x 150 mm, 7

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
HS-PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
HS-PS3.D: Energy in Chemical Processes

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Systems and system models
Energy and matter

Performance Expectations

HS-PS1-2. Construct and revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electron states of atoms, trends in the periodic table, and knowledge of the patterns of chemical properties.
HS-PS1-7. Use mathematical representations to support the claim that atoms, and therefore mass, are conserved during a chemical reaction.