Alternative hydrogen peroxide sources for peroxyoxalate “glowstick” chemiluminescence demonstrations

Iain A. Smellie, Joanna K. D. Aldred (née Prentis), Benjamin Bower, Amber Cochrane, Laurie Macfarlane, Hollie B. McCarron, Roxanna O'Hara, Iain Patterson, Marie I. Thomson, Jessica M. Walker

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Simple protocols have been devised for peroxyoxalate chemiluminescence demonstrations that use urea–hydrogen peroxide or sodium percarbonate as oxidants in place of aqueous solutions of hydrogen peroxide. The procedures described are compatible with well-known peroxyoxalates and fluorescers and have been found to be convenient for use for outreach activities in venues with limited laboratory facilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-114
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Issue number1
Early online date17 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2017


  • General public
  • High School/Introductory Chemistry
  • Demonstrations
  • Organic chemistry
  • Public understanding/outreach
  • Analogies/transfer
  • Esters
  • Oxidation/reduction
  • Phenols


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