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 spring!
Programme & speakers
Nanoinvasion Jamie Gallagher, University of Glasgow
All around us is a hidden world where nothing is as it seems – the world of nanotechnology. Join Jamie 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.
Lateral Flow Tests: Why Chemistry is More Than Just Chemicals Alex Baker, University of Warwick
We’re all used to lateral flow tests now, but what are they and how can they be used to fight health inequalities? Join organic chemist 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.
Colourful Chemistry Peter Hoare, Newcastle University
With demonstrations galore, we will discover the chemistry of some important elements, especially the transition metals, involving key chemical processes such as redox, catalysis, complex formation, combustion and kinetics.
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 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.