Date & time

Mon, 14 Nov 2022
10:45 - 15:45


Emmanuel Centre, London
9 - 23 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 3DW

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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. Science comedian Steve Cross will chair the event and former secondary school chemistry teacher Peter Hoare will deliver a special session on examination success that 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 - The Unknown Elemental Sea Andrea Sella, Chemist and broadcaster, University College London

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.

Andrea Sella

About Professor 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.

New materials for green energy - batteries included Saiful Islam, University of Oxford

Development of new materials is crucial to advance low carbon energy applications. Saiful will highlight (with 3D specs) the use of atomic-scale modelling and structural techniques to understand new crystalline materials for lithium batteries and solar cells.

Saiful Islam

About Professor Saiful Islam

Saiful is Professor of Materials Science at the University of Oxford. His research deals with modelling insights into battery and solar cell materials. He presented the 2016 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for BBC TV.

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.

Jess Wade

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.

Chemistry in conflict Kit Chapman, Author and chemist

Why did Chile go to war over bird poo? Can you build an aircraft carrier out of ice? And why would a fighter jet fly into a mushroom cloud? Discover some of the weirdest ways chemistry has changed the course of military history.

Kit Chapman

About Dr 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.

The Quantum Rainbow Jamie Gallagher, Science Presenter

Since the earliest days of chemistry, colour and appearance have been used to understand the nature of materials. Now in the 21st century we can understand and control chemical colour as never before. From the quantum confinement effects of nanomaterials to the conjugated double bonds systems of organic molecules, colour chemistry is complex and beautiful.

Jamie Gallagher

About Dr Jamie Gallagher

An award-winning scientist and science communicator, Jamie spends his days sharing his love of science. His work has taken him to stages around the world as well as TV and radio. Jamie has a PhD in materials science.