The spark(L)ing vinaigrette: A demonstration that produces flames

Jorge G. Ibanez, Jorge Luis Vazquez-Olavarrieta, Max Edgardo Moran-Orozco, Elizabeth Garcia-Pintor, Angela Kohler-Krutzfeldt, Michael P. Anderson, Bruce M. Mattson

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A laboratory demonstration is described where preparation of a salad vinaigrette is mimicked when a table salt-looking substance is added to a clear vinegar-smelling liquid. Then, when adding a pepper-looking solid, the whole preparation either sparks or bursts into flames. This phenomenon takes advantage of the well-known gas reaction between ethyne and chlorine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1404-1405
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2011


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Education

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Ibanez, J. G., Vazquez-Olavarrieta, J. L., Moran-Orozco, M. E., Garcia-Pintor, E., Kohler-Krutzfeldt, A., Anderson, M. P., & Mattson, B. M. (2011). The spark(L)ing vinaigrette: A demonstration that produces flames. Journal of Chemical Education, 88(10), 1404-1405.