posted on Feb, 28 2006 @ 07:14 PM
Not really sure about doing this, but have you tried breathing it in? Its better than helium. Not quite as safe though, one minute speaking in a
high pitch voice, next minute boom.
I'm gonna make some Hydrogen sometime. We made some by electrolysis at the school i was at last year, and filled baloons with it for an open evening.
It was fun to say the least, loud explosions too. I'm not too sure about adding Hydrogen to petrol or anything like that.
Umm, what about adding salt or something - increasing the conductivity of the water? Would this help at all? I'm pretty sure it would as you would be
increasing the current (by lowering resistance) and making electrons far more readily available - watch it though - for example you do not want to be
short circuiting a 12v car battery.
If this aluminium is a catalysist, maybe cut it up and stuff and make lots of small slices of it and put that in, becasue if it is somehow catalysing
the reaction (maybe there is a potential difference and current going through the aluminum at the bottom and it is electrolysing more efficiently),
then you would increase the surface area and increase the rate of reaction - if it is a catalyst. Try an acid too, such as vinegar, maybe try to see
what the effect is in changing the concentration of hydrogen ions? Do you have any other metals to try? Plantinum might work, but thats expensive.
Changing the temperature may have some effect? Heat causes the molecules to vibrate in specific ways, and maybe this energy will persuade the hydrogen
and oxygen to split?
I have been reading about this a little. There are things in the natural worls that maybe we can take advice from (as usual). Plants effectiviely
split oxygen and hydrogen from water during photosynthesis. They do this by producing electricty ( i think) from absorbing light energy, and
converting it. I think they use chlorophyll, which is soluable in water and i think it does this as it contains metal. Im not too sure about this, but
it may produce ideas.