Balloon Materials
by Kay Balloonawala

Ms. Kay Balloonawala rendered various molecules and materials in balloon forms.


March 11, 2021
Luminol (C8H7N3O2)

  color legend:
  • carbon = light blue
  • oxygen = gray
  • nitrogen = black
  • hydrogen = dark blue
Luminol is a chemical that exhibits chemiluminescence, with a blue glow, when mixed with an appropriate oxidizing agent. Forensic investigators use luminol to detect trace amounts of blood at crime scenes, as it reacts with the iron in hemoglobin. When luminol is sprayed evenly across an area, trace amounts of an activating oxidant make the luminol emit a blue glow that can be seen in a darkened room. The glow only lasts about 30 seconds, but can be documented photographically.*

The luminol structure was accessed from the Automated Topology Builder (ATB) and Repository.



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