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Ruby-Red Colloidal Gold Nanotechnology—Chemical Demonstration Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP7117

Price: $37.50

Use the Ruby-Red Colloidal Gold Nanotechnology Chemistry Demonstration Kit to show what happens when solid particles “shrink” to a nanometer scale. Measure the absorption spectrum of colloidal gold to study properties of gold nanoparticles.

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Discover the beautiful properties of ruby-red colloidal gold in this introduction to nanotechnology demonstration. Reacting a very dilute solution of gold chloride in water with sodium citrate, a mild reducing agent, produces elemental gold. The gold particles are so small, 20 nanometers in diameter, that the “metallic” gold is uniformly dispersed in a stunning, transparent, ruby-red solution! Measure the visible absorption spectrum of colloidal gold to learn more about the optical properties of gold nanoparticles and their uses. Use this elegant demonstration to show what happens when solid particles “shrink” down to the nanometer scale, one-billionth of a meter.

Concepts: Nanotechnology, colloids vs. solutions, measurements.
Time Required: 20 minutes
Materials Provided: Hydrogen tetrachloroaurate (gold chloride) solution, trisodium citrate solution, sodium chloride solution, Beral-type pipets.