About this day
For A level and IB students
Join us for an amazing day of exhilarating chemistry which will take students from key concepts learnt in the classroom to the latest advancements in chemical research! Through five engaging sessions students will meet experienced scientists from academia and industry and be inspired to become the scientists of the future.
Each day also includes a special session on examination success that will ensure students are equipped with the tools they need 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!
Host: Alex Baker (Organic Chemist, University of Warwick)
“Great variety of talks and good interactive elements!”
Chemistry Teacher, March 2023
Programme & speakers
Amazing Atoms: Nuclear Science Can Change the World Tim Gregory, Nuclear Scientist
Nuclear science has the power to solve some of the greatest challenges, from achieving net zero, to curing cancers in new ways, to exploring outer space. Atoms may be small, but they can change the world.
About Dr Tim Gregory
Tim is a nuclear chemist whose lab work takes him to the forefront of clean energy production, nuclear medicine research, and space exploration. With a PhD in meteorite science he has appeared on BBC4’s The Sky at Night and the BBC2 series Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?
Nanoexplorers: imaging the invisible Sarah Haigh, Professor of Materials, University of Manchester
“Materials are like people – it’s their defects that make them interesting”. But often the defects that dictate materials performance are at the scale of single atoms and are beyond the imaging capabilities of light microscopes. This talk will explain how electrons are being used to reveal the secrets of materials at the atomic scale.
About Professor Sarah Haigh
Prof Sarah Haigh is an electron microscopist. Her group apply atomic imaging to accelerate development of quantum electronics and new materials for sustainable energy production. She has appeared on BBC4’s Horizon and was featured setting fire to pencils on BBC2’s Inside the Factory while 7 months pregnant.
Waste Crime: How Chemical Forensics Might Solve Our Big Waste Problem Anna Ploszajski, Materials Scientist, Writer and Storyteller
18% of all waste in the UK is illegally managed. The waste crime economy in England alone is estimated to be worth £1 billion a year, as profitable as drug trafficking, but without the same sanctions. Join materials scientist Dr Anna Ploszajski to see how chemical forensics is being used to catch the culprits and bring them to justice.
About Dr Anna Ploszajski
Anna Ploszajski is a materials scientist, author, presenter and science comedian who is on a mission to get people fascinated by the ordinary stuff which makes up the world around us. Her book Handmade tells the story of materials through their use in arts and crafts.
From Enemies of Eden to Neglected Tropical Disease - New Approaches for Snake Bite Diagnosis Alex Baker, University of Warwick
Every 5 minutes, 50 people are bitten by a snake worldwide. 4 will be permanently disabled. 1 will die. Snake envenomation is a neglected tropical disease that requires urgent attention. Explore the relationship between humans and snakes, discover the influence this has had on the modern medicine cabinet and how chemistry can help fight against tropical diseases.
About Dr 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.
Electrifying Chemistry in the Microbial Realm Alison Parkin, University of York
Journey into the microbial world and explore the cutting-edge research that is harnessing electron flow for biofuel catalysis and reprograming bacterial DNA to produce mutant enzymes with optimised activity. Discover how the combination of chemical synthesis, computational analysis and novel measurement techniques are propelling scientific exploration.
About Dr Alison Parkin
Alison grew up in East Yorkshire before studying in Oxford for an MChem, then PhD/DPhil in Chemistry, falling in love with metal containing enzymes. She did a Merton College Junior Research Fellowship (Oxford, 2008-2012) before starting her own bio-echem research group in beautiful York.