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Date & time

Fri, 18 Nov 2022
10:00 - 15:00

Venue

King's House Conference Centre, Manchester
King's Church, Sidney Street
Manchester, M1 7HB

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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. Organic chemist Alex Baker will chair the event and chemistry teacher and lecturer Kristy Turner 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

How Chemistry can Save You after an Apocalypse...! Lewis Dartnell, University of Westminster

Imagine you wake up tomorrow and the world as we know it has collapsed… How could you use your knowledge to survive in the post-apocalyptic wasteland? What simple chemistry would be most crucial for helping you reboot civilisation from scratch?

Lewis Dartnell

About Professor Lewis Dartnell

Lewis is the author of ‘THE KNOWLEDGE: How To Rebuild Our World After An Apocalypse’. He appears regularly on the BBC, National Geographic and Discovery channels.

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.

When Medicines become Drugs – How Small Chemical Changes Change the World Alex Baker, University of Warwick

Why is morphine used in the NHS but heroin isn’t? Why is an isomer of methamphetamine sold over the counter in the USA? It’s simple Chemistry. In this talk, Alex will consider the small chemical changes that separate molecules that heal, from molecules that harm and explore the impacts these chemical changes have on the world. Along the way we will think about isomerism, solubility and how medicines work.

Alex Baker

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.

Making the invisible visible Rachel Bolton-King, Staffordshire University

Someone has been shot, but witnesses are too scared to come forward. Help Rachel use cutting-edge techniques to reveal hidden evidence and establish the truth.

Rachel Bolton-King

About Dr Rachel Bolton-King

Rachel is an associate professor at Staffordshire University. Her research specialises in the investigation of shooting incidents, working with forensic scientists and legal professionals across the world.

Plastics- the good, the bad & the ugly Simon Collinson, The Open University

Plastics are useful and play a big part in our lives, but throw-away lifestyles and poor waste management mean we have a plastic problem that is not going away quickly. In this talk Simon will evaluate the use and disposal of plastics by society. He will also explore novel chemical recycling processes and more sustainable plastics from renewable sources.

Simon Collinson

About Dr Simon Collinson

Simon is a senior lecturer in chemistry at the Open University. He supervises students in interdisciplinary projects related to bioplastics, recycling wastes, heritage science and the uptake of iron, often working with industry.