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CLIP 14303

Burning diamonds

Burning diamonds
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Key Info
  • Burning diamonds
  • Duration: 01:36
  • Jim Al-Khalili uses a blowtorch and liquid oxygen to burn a diamond. For a short while the diamond glows dramatically. Jim Al-Khalili explains that Smithson Tennant did this experiment in 1796 and identified the gas produced as carbon dioxide. This observation was used to prove that diamond is a form of carbon. First broadcast in 'Chemistry: A Volatile History' on BBC Four in February 2010.
  • Subject:

    Science

       Topic:

    Chem: Chemical Reactions

  • Keywords: ChemistryAVolatileHistory, Jim AlKhalili, Jim Al Khalili, Smithson Tennant, diamond, allotrope, carbon
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be useful to show students how diamond was first identified as a form of carbon.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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