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.
Indestructible energy! Jamie Gallagher, University of Glasgow
Join materials scientist Jamie Gallagher for a whirlwind tour of all things energy. Explore how chemists are working to turn humans into walking batteries to power our daily life and the energy bound inside a molecule of food.
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.
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.
Brain-inspired electronics with metal-oxide chemistries Themis Prodromakis, Southampton University
Themis will introduce how functional materials can be turned into nanoscale devices for linking to the human brain, decoding neural information or even emulating the brain processing capacity in microchips.
About Themis Prodromakis
Themis is a Professor in Nanotechnology and with his research team is innovating across boundaries for developing next-generation electronic systems.