Instant ice like Queen Elsa!

If your family or friends have had you watching Disney’s Frozen time and time again over the summer holidays then you might like to have a go at this really simple chemistry and create some instant ice. Surprisingly easy and mesmerising!

Everyone knows that water freezes at 0 °C – or does it? When water freezes, it needs a nucleus in order for the solid crystals to form and become ice. Water is typically full of particles and impurities which have no problem kicking off the crystallization process. However, purified water by definition doesn’t have those impurities. With nothing for the water molecules to latch onto, purified water can be supercooled as far as -40°C.

If you’re interested in chilled reactions for your lab though, consider the versatile DrySyn range which offer solutions for single, parallel or covered cooled reactions in the SnowStorm Reactor?  We have excellent feedback on these kits which are proving incredibly popular with many customers returning for more kits once they’ve given them a try.

Note: this project is inspired by Disney, not indorsed by Disney! Original article by Grant Thompson – “The King of Random”