Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Applied Chemistry

From NPR, a tale of disolving two Nobel prizes:

Niels Bohr story

I think it would have been easier to electro-plate the gold onto a substrait, then plate silver over it. (after all mirrors in a physics lab are pretty innocuous), regardless it was a clever way to hide the gold.

I still prefer the "heavy water in the beer bottle" story though.


Anonymous said...

Well, according to the story, the clock was ticking. Electroplating wouldn't have been nearly as fast as aqua regia. It's also less dangerous in a situation like that.

Mark Horning said...

Electroplating speed is proportional to the current...