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Nappy Powder

The Nappy Powder experiment demonstrates a use of hydrogels; a network of polymer chains that are capable of containing a large volume of water. Upon addition of table salt, this bound water is removed from the structure followed by collapse of the polymer chain network. This experiment is analogous to Hair Gel Collapse experiment that can also be found on the website.

Suggested teaching points

  • Roles and applications of plastics / polymers
  • States of matter

This file contains a set of detailed instructions, suggested questions, suggested improvements and disposal procedures for this experiment.

(PDF Document) Nappy powder experiment instructions

Before attempting this experiment, please ensure that you have read the safety section in the document above and performed a complete risk assessment. If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please use these forms.