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
Terra Rara Andrea Sella, UCL
Rare earth elements – the 14 or so elements with romantic names such as neodymium, gadolinium and dysprosium – have been very much in the news over the past ten years. Their niche uses in electronics and in the renewable energy industry make them indispensable to today’s society. Yet most people know nothing about them or why they have become so controversial.
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.
How chiral materials will change the world! Jess Wade, Materials Scientist, Imperial College London
Nature has been nailing nanostructures for billions of years. Whether it is peacock feathers or butterfly wings, science can only aspire to manipulate matter so elegantly at the subatomic scale. Jess reveals that the most miraculous molecular structures of all exist as a pair of non-superimposable mirror images; where the left and right-handed forms can have remarkably different properties.
About Jess Wade
Jess is a materials scientist at Imperial College London where she studies chiral carbon-based semiconductors. She is a science communicator committed to improving diversity in science, both online and offline.