Chemistry in Pictures: Truly sublime | Chemical & Engineering News

Issue Date: December 29, 2017

Chemistry in Pictures: Truly sublime

Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: Chemistry in Pictures, inorganic chemistry, iodine, sublimations
Credit: Mirry Criel
An inverted sublimation apparatus with a cluster of dark purple iodine crystals coating the appartus's cooling part.
Credit: Mirry Criel

Mirry Criel, an undergraduate at the University Institute of Technology in Montpellier, made these iodine crystals for her inorganic chemistry course. The apparatus she used (held upside-down in this photo) consisted of a flask with a cooled glass tube hanging inside it. Criel loaded solid iodine in the flask and heated it, causing the iodine to sublime—transition from a solid directly into a gas. Once the gaseous iodine hit the cooled tube, it deposited into a solid again and formed these dark purple crystals.

Submitted by Mirry Criel

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CORRECTION: This story was updated on Feb. 8, 2018, to correct the term for the phase transition from gas to solid. The opposite of “sublimed” is “deposited,” not “condensed.”

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