Brock chemist partners with startup to develop new copper production method

Brock chemist partners with startup to develop new copper production method

Brock University Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Ian Brindle can still remember witnessing a mesmerizing experiment that’s often conducted in high school chemistry classes.

The experiment involves putting an iron nail into a solution of copper sulphate and then watching dark, reddish-brown patches of copper metal adhering onto the nail.

While it’s an exciting way to grow copper, the fun stops when students are faced with scraping the copper off the nail. Not only is it tough work, but the copper becomes contaminated with iron in the process.