This demo can only be performed in CHEM 140
Aluminum foil added to bromine produces heat and flames. The effect is enhanced by red bromine fumes present in the reaction container.
2Al(s) + 3Br2(l) → 2AlBr3(s)
Note: Aluminum bromide also exists as Al2Br6.
To Conduct Demonstration
Demo Time: ~5 minute
Intense heat and flames are produced by this reaction. Perform this demonstration only in a hood or in an area where exhaust ventilation is provided. Use gloves when handling bromine, and take care not to breathe any bromine fumes. Handle hot glassware with care.
John Ohlsson, Spring 1987
Lora Ruffin and Michael Polk, Summer 2009