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, 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
We’ve become well acquainted with lateral flow tests over the last year, but do you know how to make them, how they work, and how they can be used to fight not only Covid-19 but also health inequalities? Join Alex to find out more about lateral flow tests, 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.
The Science of Swimming the English Channel Anna Ploszajski, Materials Scientist, Writer and Storyteller
Join Anna as she recounts what it takes to swim the 21 miles across the English Channel, and the surprising science behind it. There will be demonstrations of explosive sugar, buoyancy effects, and the materials science of the very best swimming snacks. Isn’t it cold? What about sharks? All will be answered.
About Anna Ploszajski
Dr Anna Ploszajski is an award-winning materials engineer, science communicator and maker on a mission to get people fascinated by the ordinary stuff which makes up the world around us.
Sniffing Out Disease Perdita Barran, University of Manchester
Can you diagnose Parkinson’s Disease by the way someone smells? Professor Perdita Barran found someone who can, and it’s led her on a journey to investigate the chemistry of skin secretions. Hear about this incredible story, and how it could lead to a new way to diagnose the disease early.
About Perdita Barran
Professor Barran holds a Chair of Mass Spectrometry in the Department of Chemistry, is Associate Dean for Research Facilities and Director of the Michael Barber Centre for Collaborative Mass Spectrometry at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology.
Better batteries for a sustainable future Beth Johnston, University of Sheffield
Lithium-ion batteries are already well known for powering our mobile phones and they also play a vital role in the upcoming transition to electric vehicles. However, what is inside them, how do they work and why do we need better batteries for the future? Join battery chemist Beth and explore the underlying chemistry behind lithium-ion batteries and what a global community of scientists is doing to produce greener, safer batteries that can travel further and last for longer.
About Beth Johnston
Beth is a postdoctoral researcher in chemical engineering and materials science at The University of Sheffield. Her research mainly focuses on developing new materials for energy storage applications.