About this day
Chemists have all the fun…
Join us in autumn 2017 for an incredible day of chemistry! Five sessions from leading chemists in academia and industry will inspire the scientists of the future. A special session on examination success will ensure students are equipped with the tools to excel.
Programme & speakers
The periodic table of the oceans Kate Hendry, University of Bristol
For life to thrive in the oceans it needs elements from across the periodic table, from phosphorous to silicon, iron to zinc. Join Kate as she uncovers the essential building blocks of everything in the sea… even the polar bears.
About Kate Hendry
Kate Hendry is a chemical oceanographer from the University of Bristol who explores the deep sea, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, in search of essential nutrients that power the world’s oceans.
Taking a look at chocolate through the eyes of a chemist Paul Walton, University of York
What are the principal molecules in chocolate, where do they come from, and can we make a better-tasting chocolate when we look at it in this way? Answers to all of these questions will be addressed as well as a live attempt to make a better-tasting chocolate.
About Paul Walton
Paul joined the department of chemistry at York in 1993 as a lecturer and became full professor in 1999. He has also been editor of Dalton Transactions (2004-2008), chair of Heads of Chemistry, UK (2008-2010) and chair of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Diversity Committee.
Dying to be beautiful Kathryn Harkup, Chemist and author
Throughout history humans have embellished their appearance. Agonies have been endured and lives risked for the body beautiful. From “blind” dates to killer cosmetics we will explore the perils of trying to obtain personal perfection. Fashion can be fatal.
About Kathryn Harkup
Kathryn is a chemist and science communicator specialising in delivering talks and workshops on the quirky side of science.
Green energy materials in 3D – batteries included Saiful Islam, University of Bath
For the next generation of green energy technologies, the development of new materials is crucial. Saiful will highlight (with 3D specs) the use of atomic-scale modelling and structural techniques to understand new crystalline materials for lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells.
About Saiful Islam
Saiful is Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath. He is a recipient of the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award (2013-18) and the RSC Sustainable Energy Award.
Shining a light on the quantum world: how spectroscopy peeks within the atom Stephanie Pendlebury, Imperial College London
Steph will introduce a tale of two spins – how perseverance, the founder of an investment bank, and bad cigars shaped modern science and led to the development of masers, the atomic clock, and MRI scanners.
About Stephanie Pendlebury
Steph uses lasers to study materials to make an artificial tree to convert air and water into fuel. She also project manages the Solar Fuels Network, which brings together researchers who work in the field of solar fuels and artificial photosynthesis.