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Crime Scene Chemistry

Luminol, Blood & Horseradish

08-Jul-2016

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Luminol, Blood & Horseradish

Anyone who’s watched CSI or similar shows knows that, whenever the investigating team are on the scene of a gruesome and bloody murder, luminol solution gets sprayed liberally over absolutely everything. The result is a pale blue luminescence whenever the solution meets blood, which itself is a consequence of a chemical reaction that the blood gives a helping hand to. Here, we look at this reaction – and what horseradish has to do with it.

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  • Luminol
  • 3-Aminophthalic hydrazide
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