Marinated eggs: An engaging quantitative demonstration of diffusion

Carson Emeigh, Hyeonggeun Bak, Dilziba Kizghin, Haipeng Zhang, Sangjin Ryu

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Marinated or pickled eggs are enjoyed in cultures across the world, and recipes for these eggs use diffusion to saturate the egg white of a hard-boiled egg with sauce. Inspired by the marinated egg, this experiment demonstrates diffusion in an easy and quantitative way. Peeled hard-boiled eggs are placed in a dye solution, and the penetration distance of the dye into the egg white is measured as a function of time using image processing. The penetration distances are consistent with the expected dependence on the square root of time, and the diffusion of the dye occurs faster at higher temperatures as expected. This experiment provides a new way to demonstrate diffusion-based mass transfer visually and to make a connection between physics and culture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-320
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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