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See the Chemical Reaction That Takes Place When Sulfuric Acid Is Poured on Household Sugar


Do not try this at home.

A science-oriented YouTube channel recently uploaded a video showing the chemical reaction that occurs when sulfuric acid is poured onto household sugar.

The video shows a column of black goo slowly rise out of the beaker.

According to a webpage on the University of Wisconsin's Division of Chemical Education, the goo forms as a result of the sugar being dehydrated to produce carbon, water vapor and sulfur dioxide gas.

The water vapor, however, quickly evaporates due to the heat of the experiment, leaving just the carbon and gas behind.

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