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.
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?
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.
About Dr Jamie Gallagher
Jamie is an award winning science communicator with a PhD in chemistry and electrical engineering. He has appeared on TV, radio, and stages around the world and was recognised as one of the 100 leading practicing scientists in the UK by the Science Council.
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.
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.
About Food and drink scientist Melissa Cole
Melissa Cole is a beer writer, sommALEier & Certified Cicerone.