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
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.
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.
Indestructible energy! Jamie Gallagher, University of Glasgow
What does one unit of energy look like? Feel like? Join materials scientist Jamie 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.
Nature's robots Mark Lorch, University of Hull
Proteins are the micro-machines that control living organisms. They are the gatekeepers, messengers, factories and defence systems with us all. Mark will take a look at the amazing and still mysterious processes that proteins use to self assemble and what happens when proteins go rogue.
About Mark Lorch
Mark Lorch is Professor of Science Communication at the University of Hull, but he’s a biochemist at heart. His research has covered protein folding to effects of ocean acidification on signalling molecules. Meanwhile he writes about all things chemistry in The Guardian, The Conversation, BBC focus and elsewhere besides.
The magic of oxygen Mike Batham and Rob James, Open University
Expect a few flashes and bangs as some explosive mixtures are conjured up by Mike and Rob to illustrate the magic of oxygen. We will look at the work of scientists such as Boyle, Newton and Priestley, and recreate some of their experiments in unusual ways.
About Mike Batham and Rob James
Dr Mike Batham is the laboratory manager for the Open Science on campus teaching laboratories and Dr Rob James is a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry and Staff Tutor at the Open University.