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Decomposition of H2O2 with MnO2



Avoid contact with hydrogen peroxide.

Chemicals and Solutions: 

Hydrogen Peroxide, 30%

Manganese Dioxide, solid





Pour some hydrogen peroxide into the cylinder and add a small spatula scoop of MnO2.  Bubbles of O2 will form immediately (the reaction also produces heat).

Alternate Procedure: Genie in a bottle:

Apparatus and Materials: vase or foil covered bottle with stopper tea bag solid MnO2 30 mL of 30 % hydrogen peroxide


Use a vase or cover a pop bottle with foil so students cannot see inside the bottle.  Place 30 mL of 30% hydrogen peroxide (USE CARE!) in the bottle.  Carefully remove the tea from a tea bag and in its place put in solid manganese dioxide.  Now put the "tea bag" in the bottle such that it dangles above the hydrogen peroxide.  Stabilize the "tea bag" in this position by inserting a stopper.  When you are ready to present the demonstration simply remove the stopper and release the "genie".  The "tea bag" of MnO2 will fall into the hydrogen peroxide catalyzing the following reaction:



H2O2 ---> H2O + O2

To schedule a demonstration, please send an e-mail to the demonstration lab.



Eric Camp

Lecture Demonstration Technician

Bagley Hall 171

(206) 543-1606


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