Date & time

Thu, 17 Nov 2016
11:00 - 16:00


UCL Institute of Education, London
20 Bedford Way
London, WC1H 0AL

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About this day

Chemists have all the fun…

Five sessions from leading chemists in academia and industry will inspire the scientists of the future. From the elements to energy, poisons to perfume, this programme is engaging, challenging and entertaining. A special session on examination success will ensure students are equipped with the tools to excel.

Programme & speakers

Green Energy Materials in 3D - Batteries Included Saiful Islam, University of Oxford

For the next generation of green energy technologies, the development of new materials is crucial. Saiful will highlight (with 3D specs) the use of atomic-scale modelling and structural techniques to understand new crystalline materials for lithium-ion batteries and fuel 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.

Mercury: Window on the Invisible Andrea Sella, Chemist and broadcaster, University College London

Mercury is the most beautiful element in the periodic table and the most reviled. Andrea will explore the world of mercury, ending with the question, can we bring it to life?

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.

Nanoinvasion! Jamie Gallagher, Science Presenter

Materials Scientist Jamie Gallagher will be your guide as we shrink down and get hands on with the tiny tech that is changing everything. Discover a world where robots build themselves, metal becomes transparent and pencils become stronger than steel.

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.

A is for Arsenic Kathryn Harkup, Chemist and author

Many compounds we now consider to be poisons were once found on pharmacy shelves. Kathryn will examine the chemistry behind four former medicines and their effects on the body with some killer case studies.

Kathryn Harkup

About Dr Kathryn Harkup

Kathryn is a chemist and science communicator specialising in delivering talks and workshops on the quirky side of science.

Science of Fermentation & Flavour Melissa Cole

What is the brewer’s art when it comes to fermentation? How does your palate really work? Are those things on your tongue really taste buds? Beer & food expert Melissa Cole takes you on a quick romp through how science touches every aspect of her work.

Melissa Cole

About Food and drink scientist Melissa Cole

Melissa Cole is a beer writer, sommALEier & Certified Cicerone.