About this day
Chemists have all the fun…
Five sessions from leading chemists in academia and industry will inspire the scientists of the future. From the elements to energy, poisons to perfume, this programme is engaging, challenging and entertaining. A special session on examination success will ensure students are equipped with the tools to excel.
Programme & speakers
Gods, devils and alcohol Peter Wothers, University of Cambridge
What connects a urinating camel to a spiral fossil? In which brands of shampoo can you find “Fooles Bolloxe” and “beaver testicles?” Peter guarantees you will never look at a bottle of shampoo in the same way again!
About Peter Wothers
Dr Peter Wothers is a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St Catharine’s College. His fascination with chemistry that started at the age of 8 continues to this day.
Nanoinvasion! Jamie Gallagher, University of Glasgow
Materials Scientist Jamie Gallagher will be your guide as we shrink down and get hands on with the tiny tech that is changing everything. Discover a world where robots build themselves, metal becomes transparent and pencils become stronger than steel.
About Jamie Gallagher
Dr Jamie Gallagher is a scientist and science communicator. He was recognised as one of the UK’s “100 Leading Practising Scientists” by the Science Council, is one of the “175 Faces of Chemistry and appears on television and radio.
A is for Arsenic Kathryn Harkup, Chemist and author
Many compounds we now consider to be poisons were once found on pharmacy shelves. Kathryn will examine the chemistry behind four former medicines and their effects on the body with some killer case studies.
About Kathryn Harkup
Kathryn is a chemist and science communicator specialising in delivering talks and workshops on the quirky side of science.
The science of scent Will Andrews, Proctor & Gamble
Perfumes are typically a blend of natural essential oils and single aromachemicals. Will will share the fundamentals of perfumery (a combination of artistic design and chemistry) and will explore the fascinating processes involved.
About Will Andrews
Will Andrews is Principal Scientist at Procter & Gamble, where he guides the team in designing the next generation of perfumes for the P&G Prestige brand portfolio.
Mercury - window on the invisible Andrea Sella, UCL
Mercury is the most beautiful element in the periodic table and the most reviled. Andrea will explore the world of mercury, ending with the question, can we bring it to life?
About Andrea Sella
Andrea is a synthetic chemist and broadcaster who is interested in the structure and bonding in the rare earths. He has been involved in numerous radio and television projects.