About this day
Chemists have all the fun…
Join us for an incredible 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.
Programme & speakers
How to discover a new element Kit Chapman, Author and chemist
Ever wanted your name on the periodic table? Kit will reveal the secrets of creating a new chemical element, exploring a world where atoms are so unstable they exist for the blink of an eye.
About Kit Chapman
Kit Chapman is an award-winning science journalist who currently writes for Chemistry World. His book on element discovery, Superheavy was published in 2019.
Plastic fantastic? Jamie Gallagher, University of Glasgow
It can be any shape, colour, property and lasts 500 years! Despite the damage plastic does to the environment demand has never been higher. Join Jamie to discover the amazing properties of plastic and how to tackle the plastic problem.
About Jamie Gallagher
Jamie is an award winning science communicator. With a PhD in chemistry and electrical engineering, Jamie’s interests lie in interdisciplinary materials science. He has appeared on TV, radio, and stages around the world and was recognised as one of the 100 leading practicing scientists in the UK by the Science Council.
Making the invisible visible Rachel Bolton-King, Staffordshire University
Someone has been shot, but witnesses are too scared to come forward. Help Rachel use cutting-edge techniques to reveal hidden evidence and establish the truth.
About Rachel Bolton-King
Rachel specialises in the investigation of shooting incidents, working with forensic scientists and legal professionals across the world.
Colourful chemistry Peter Hoare, Newcastle University
With demonstrations galore, we will discover the chemistry of harnessing energy from sunlight, reveal the science of colour recognition and perception and carry out a series of reactions to test the fundamentals of colour and light.
About Peter Hoare
Peter has a chemistry PhD and over 20 years experience as a chemistry teacher. He is also an experienced chemistry A-level exam marker, education consultant and CPD trainer.
The wonders of element number six Julie MacPherson, University of Warwick
Julie will explore the many allotropes of carbon, from Nobel Prizes to synthesis and applications. Discover the future with carbon nanotubes, graphene and diamond, and see what a nano world will look like.
About Julie MacPherson
Julie works on the development of new electrochemical based sensors (based on diamond, nanotubes, graphene, nanoparticles) for applications in healthcare, pharmaceutical analysis, environmental, and homeland security.