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ERIC Number: EJ925941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Autocatalytic Patterning with Silver Using Tin(II) Chloride Sensitizer
Mbindyo, Jeremiah K. N.; Anna, Laura J.; Fell, B. Andrew; Patton, David A.
Journal of Chemical Education, v88 n3 p274-275 Mar 2011
A silver mirror can be deposited on many types of surfaces from the reduction of the silver-diammine complex by a reducing sugar as proposed by Kemp in this "Journal". Three extensions of Kemp's demonstration that highlight the role of SnCl[subscript 2] sensitizer in the deposition of a silver mirror on surfaces are presented. The demonstration extensions can be easily modified for audience participation. The results are visually striking and the silver-coated surfaces formed can be kept as decorations. The demonstrations can be used to reinforce diverse concepts such as complex formation, oxidation-reduction reactions, carbonyl and carbohydrate chemistry, nanoscale structures, and use of one-way mirrors in forensics. (Contains 3 figures and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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