About this day
For A level and IB students
Join us for an amazing day of chemistry, taking students from their studies to cutting-edge research and future applications in great style! 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. There will be plenty of interactivity throughout the day, with polls, quizzes and of course your chance to question the scientists – join us at Chemistry in Action this autumn!
Programme & speakers
Strange Ice Andrea Sella, UCL
Ice may be familiar to us, but it’s so strange it breaks almost every rule in the textbooks. Professor Andrea Sella will explore how we know about its properties, how it compares with other ices, and the way in which ice may be the canary warning us that our futures may be much less certain than we imagine.
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.
Lateral Flow Tests: Why Chemistry is More Than Just Chemicals Alex Baker, University of Warwick
Covid-19 has further exposed health inequalities. But these inequalities existed long before Covid, and unless we act they will continue long after. Join Alex to find out how to make lateral flow tests, how they can be used to fight both Covid-19 and health inequalities, and why chemistry is more than just chemicals.
About Alex Baker
Alex is an organic chemist with a particular interest in carbohydrates, polymers and nanoparticles. His work is used to design medical diagnostics with a particular focus on the developing world and fighting health inequalities. Alongside his research, Alex is passionate about making Chemistry inclusive and accessible to all.
Vaccines Without Refrigeration Asel Sartbaeva, University of Bath
Today’s vaccines are required to be cold all the way from when they are made up until they are administered to patients: the so-called ‘cold chain’. Outside the cold chain, vaccines deactivate and spoil. Asel has developed new ways of making them thermally stable, so that they will not need fridges in the future, thus reducing costs and improving access to potentially life-saving vaccines.
About Asel Sartbaeva
Asel is an award-winning Materials Scientist working on design of porous materials and thermal stabilisation of vaccines. She contributes regularly to television and radio, and creates STEM experiments delivered as stories for children as young as 3 years old.
From Breaking Bad to Making Good - The Chemistry of Drugs David K Smith, University of York
David will explore how ‘bad’ drugs (e.g. crystal meth) and ‘good’ drugs (e.g. anti-viral drugs), work, and consider cutting-edge research to glimpse the future of medicine.
About David K Smith
Dave Smith is Professor of Chemistry at University of York, where he carries out fundamental research in the field of smart nanomaterials and nanomedicines.
Nanoinvasion Jamie Gallagher, University of Glasgow
All around us as hidden world is taking over, it is a strange alien world where nothing is as it seems – the world of nanotechnology. Join materials scientist Dr Jamie Gallagher as we shrink down and get hands on with the tiny tech that is changing our phones, food, sport and health. Delve into a world where pencils are stronger than steel, metal becomes transparent and robots become doctors.
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.