Greetings fellow nerds. Today we’re going to do the very simple reaction of making a glow stick with real chemicals. So first off, we have dimethyl phthalate, which will serve as the solvent for this reaction. This is needed because most of these particular chemicals do not dissolve in water. You can also use diethyl phthalate or ethyl acetate. They all work. Next here we have the dye. This is 9,10-bis(phenylethynyl)anthracene. Now if you look closely, it has an orange color in the solid state. But this will dissolve to give a green color and a bluish green glow when we initiate the reaction. Now this is the good stuff. This is “TCPO” or bis(2,4,6-trichlorophenyl) oxalate. This is the key ingredient for making this reaction work. It’s pretty expensive stuff so we had to make it ourselves here at NurdRage. This next chemical is sodium acetate, which will serve as a base to activate the hydrogen peroxide. Over here we have 30% hydrogen peroxide, needed to oxidize the TCPO. Ok, enough talk, let’s do some chemistry. Let me first mix the dye and the solvent. Told ya it was green. Now we mix, oh wait.. We’re supposed to mix in some TCPO now. Okay now we add in the sodium acetate. Ok here we go, get the lights. And there you have it a real glow stick reaction. Thank you for being with me these ten years. For on this day, January 10th, 2009, exactly ten years ago, I made this reaction and started this Youtube channel. It’s been an amazing journey. And i never thought i would get this far. We’ve done so much and there is still so much more to do. But as long as you, my viewers, are still with me, i’ll keep doing it. Thanks again for ten great years. I don’t know what the next ten will bring. But let’s see it through together.