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Questions where color (wavelengths associated with the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum of about 400-800nm), or a color change is discussed.

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Is there a way to create natural Red food coloring from Turmeric in the house kitchen?

As a non chemist I have read in the Wikipedia article Curcumin that: Curcumin becomes bright red when it interacts electrostatically with phospholipid film. This text appeared without source ...
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How to identify an emerald green solution with possibly two anions?

The solution is emerald green in colour. When added with water, it gives a pale blue solution. When reacted with $\ce{BaCl2}$, it gives a sky blue solution and a white precipitate. When reacted ...
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Looking for color changing reaction to track snow layer depth

I'm trying to find a chemical to mark the position of a snow layer with for detection in future seasons. The substance has to be: 1. Colorless 2. Not water soluble/solid 3. Stable for multiple years ...
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Considering the d-d transition how, does tetracyanidonickelate(II) ion exist as a colored complex?

As I refer on google, the resources indicated that, the d block elements which have unpaired electrons as in their ions, when they are making complexes with ligands, they can absorb different ...
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Explaining the colour change in the potassium permanganate titration of iron(II) ions

In the redox titration: $$\ce{MnO4- + 8 H+ + 5 Fe^2+ -> Mn^2+ + 4 H2O + 5 Fe^3+}$$ the colour change which occurs is purple to colourless, because of the decreased concentration of permanganate ...
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Some substances appear white when crushed while others do not. Why?

Calcite crystals are semi-transparent but turn white when crushed. I used to think that it has something to do with the scattering of all wavelengths of light from small particles. But that cannot be ...
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Colour of VO3^-?

To aquire the yellow colour of vanadium ion, it must be present in a 5+ oxdiation state. This can be acheived (according to my textbook) by adding dilute sulfuric acid to $\ce{NH4VO3}$, then followed ...
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What is the origin of the colour of azo dyes?

Is it the same reason as to why transition metal complexes have colour?
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Why is chromate coloured but tungstate colourless?

I have to try and work this out using the tetrahedral molecular orbital diagram for $\ce{[WO4]^2-}$ but I am confused as both are $\mathrm d^0$ right?
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Predicting colors of aqueous solutions

While going through my AP chem prep book again, I came across questions asking about the color of certain aqueous solutions. For example: Which of the following substances will produce a colorless ...
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Colored Flames Experiment

I am going to be doing a gender reveal for my sister's pregnancy. To do this, we wanted to light a huge fire pit and throw in a chemical to change the fire into the color (red/pink for girl, blue/...
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Why does the colour of the same compound (e.g. magnesium nitride) differ?

When I am searching the colour of $\ce{Mg3N2}$ I came across photos showing different colours: greenish-yellow on Wikimedia, and some other just yellow on some Google Images results. I am eager to ...
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How may copper acetate ligands be manipulated to change colors?

I have a solution of copper acetate and I would like to play around with the ligands to get different colors. Background: The copper acetate was made through mixing vinegar (5% acetic acid), $\ce{...
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Why is nitrogen dioxide (NO2) brown? [closed]

I don't understand why nitrogen dioxide $\ce{NO2}$ is coloured brown when nitrate $\ce{NO2-}$ and dinitrogen tetroxide $\ce{N2O4}$ are not. I understand it is due to absorption of light when its ...
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Predicting color of a TMB derivative affected by peroxidase

The ELISA test on HIV works by verifying the presence of peroxidase within samples. The verification process is done through the enzymatic reaction that said peroxidase has on TMB (3,3',5,5'-...
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How to Determine An Element's Colour

Different elements have different colours. Some elements may have similar colours like Sodium (Na) and Potassium (K), so that's why i'm asking "is there a way to calculate or even simply deduce the ...
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Iron chemistry: acetates for ebonizing wood

I have recently been “brewing” what is commonly called “iron acetate” for ebonizing wood, and I'd like to understand the chemistry of the iron/acetic acid reaction, which should be fairly simple, but ...
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What is the right color of calcium copper titanate?

I'm browsing Alibaba for calcium copper titanium oxide $\ce{CaCu3Ti4O12}$ (CCTO) and I find it variety of colors: pure brown, pale brown, reddish brown or grayish dark brown. Wikipedia does not tell ...
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Explanation for why nickel turns green in hydrochloric acid

My daughter has a chemistry test that I am helping her prepare for. One question is Nickel sulfate, $\ce{NiSO4(aq)}$ is a green solution. Nickel chloride, $\ce{NiCl2(aq)},$ is a yellow solution. If ...
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Does a complex that has no overall charge still have color?

The iron complex $\ce{[Fe(H2O)6]^2+}$ is colored but I'm wondering, if a pair of chloride ion is inserted on its secondary valency to form [FeCl2(H2O)6], does the complex loose its color or not?
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Why does the displacement reaction of zinc in copper(II) sulfate solution result in dark metallic copper?

It is commonly known that when zinc metal is placed in a solution of copper(II) sulfate, a displacement reaction occurs, and elemental copper is deposited onto the decomposing zinc metal. A practical ...
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What gives rise to the color of sapphires?

Here is what I know: Sapphires are composed primarily of $\ce{Al2O3}$ (in pure form colorless) as well as Fe and Ti (trace impurities responsible for the color). I know that the proportion and ...
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What solvents can solve aromatic urethane resins?

Do you have any information about chemical resistance of hexa-functional aromatic urethane acrylate? I want to know what solvents can solve aromatic urethane resins.
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Mixing ink with alcohol, MEG and water

First of all, I'm not a chemist and my knowledge in chemistry is not that extensive. However, I would like ask the following question: are there any chemical reasons that would explain that mixing a ...
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Is chromium the shiniest metal?

I have seen many pictures of chromium, and it's pretty lustrous as I must say. Here are some examples. Is it the most lustrous metal known? Edit: By lustre, I mean suppose if we have a mirror ...
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Does something like a fluorescent foil or a fluorescent film exist?

During my experiments I want the emitted laser beams to come back with a different wavelength than the original wavelength using a fluorescent foil or fluorescent film. The laser I'm currently using ...
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Why do s-block elements impart color to a flame?

Flame tests are a common way of identifying trace amounts of alkali metals (and to a lesser extent alkaline earth metals) in mixtures. Certain salts of $\ce{Ba, Sr}$ are also used in fireworks for ...
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Oxidation of Hexaaquachrom (II) with air

I had the reaction: $$\ce{Cr(H2O)6^3+ -> Cr(H2O)6^2+}$$ using $\ce{Zn}$ as a reducing agent. the colour turning from green to blue and I know that with contact with air the solution becomes ...
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Comparing the emission spectrum of ethanol and mixture of alcohols

Sorry if this question has a simple answer, but I've been unable to find it elsewhere. Using a diffraction grating, burning ethanol (99.9%) will produce a rainbow of colours. However, when burning ...
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Mechanism of DPD (N,N-diethyl-p-phenylenediamine) reaction with free chlorine

NOTE: As I've been finding new informations about the question, I've been editing the question to keep it up to date. If some comment doesn't make sense just check the Edit History. DPD (N,N-diethyl-...
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Is a hue indistinguishable from its equivalent frequency of light?

A hue is the color characteristic of a pigment, a particular chemical molecule, when illuminated by sunlight. Of course such a molecule will not emit a single frequency of light, but will emit a ...
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Does a calibration curve of absorbance vs concentration need to pass exactly through the origin?

If you are making a calibration curve for $\ce{CuSO4}$ where you plot absorbance against concentration and the curve deviates slightly from the origin, does it make the calibration curve useless?
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What easily available chemicals do I use to turn oak light grey?

I have 10 square meters of dry and freshly sanded oak that I would like to artificially age/weather to the colour of the above photo. Once treated the oak is to be used for a bedroom interior. I was ...
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Two common fluids that don't mix inside a labyrinth [closed]

I'm not sure in which SE site put this question. Imagine a typical child toy, where a bunch of spheres move by gravity through a labyrinth. Now imagine a sealed small labyrinth with two fluids. I'd ...
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Why are most glow-in-the-dark things green?

I've noticed that many glow-in-the-dark objects you can purchase in the store are green. Occasionally I would come across something that was orange or blue, but mostly it seems that green is the ...
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Is there any red dye that will work with perflurocarbons?

I have a perflourocarbon (PFC) that I am trying to dye a light red. Is there any way for this to be possible or a specific dye that works with the PFCs?
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What makes ABS plastic turn yellow?

If you owned old kitchen appliances or old computer you might notice that they the once cream white plastic become increasingly yellow, old and disgusting. I have read that UV lighting can damage ...
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Why did the solution turn green?

I mixed L Arginine with l Citrulline in Hibiscus and green tea water which was red in color. Once the red liquid hit the mix of powdered Aminoacids the solution changed green. Can someone tell me why? ...
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Why are the plastic balls used to reduce evaporation in this reservoir black instead of white?

Plastic balls have been added to a reservoir in drought stricken California in order to reduce evaporation. (Link to news story here.) Why are the balls colored black instead of white? I would ...
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Can flames be colored black?

Most of us here would know that flames can be colored by adding an appropriate salt to the 'fuel' or by simply introducing it into a flame. Boron and Barium salts give the flame a green tinge, ...
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Why does my rainwater turn yellow if I increase the pH to 7?

My rainwater is colourless when collected, but if I add a small amount of sodium hydroxide to increase the pH to about 7, after a few days it goes yellow. The colour change happens more quickly if I ...
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What color is solid methane?

Is it blueish, perfect white or some other color? I am interested because some celestial bodies are said to be covered with methane ice.
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Why is the reason for color different in these two cases? [closed]

I have read in a book (NCERT India) about flame color for salts of alkali metal and color of transition metal complexes. In the first case, it says that during excitation of electrons to higher ...
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What is the chemistry behind black colour of platinum black? [duplicate]

Platinum is a silvery white metal and is highly unreactive then why it's powdered form "platinum black" is platinum metal but is black in colour. why would a metal such as platinum become black as a ...
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Why lithium gives flame coloration?

Theoretically speaking, beryllium and magnesium does not give flame test because their atoms are comparatively smaller and the valance electrons are strongly attached to the nucleus. Therefore their ...
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What exact color does ozone gas have?

This answer to a now closed question says that ozone gas has a "slight blue" color. But there are lots of blue colors: sky blue, ultramarine, phthalo blue, many others — what is closer to the color of ...
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How to determine the greatest d orbital splitting?

This question comes specifically from an IB Chemistry HL Paper 1 in May 2018 TZ1, namely question 8. Which complex has the greatest d orbital splitting? It gives 4 Complexes $\ce{[Fe(H_2O)_6]^{2+}}$,...
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Can factors such as non-chelating ions in solution or the temperature of solution change the d orbital splitting of complexes?

My currently primitive understanding of metal complexes is that the d orbital splitting depends on: Identity of central ion Charge density of ligand Geometry of complex ion oxidation number of ...
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Reduction of triphenylmethane dyes in ink

Right now I'm trying to explain why the ink from an ink pen turns colourless in water. I know that the pH is responsible as it breaks apart the conjugated system of double bonds. I'm just not sure on ...
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Potassium Manganate and Acidified Potassium Dichromate colour changes [closed]

I would be obliged if somebody could explain the colour changes for the reduction of potassium manganate and acidified potassium dichromate. I understand that for potassium manganate, it is being ...

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