About this day
Chemists have all the fun…
Join us for an incredible 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. A special session on examination success will ensure students are equipped with the tools to excel.
Programme & speakers
How to discover a new element Kit Chapman, Author and chemist
Ever wanted your name on the periodic table? Kit will reveal the secrets of creating a new chemical element, exploring a world where atoms are so unstable they exist for the blink of an eye.
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.
From Breaking Bad to making good David K Smith, University of York
Using the example of Breaking Bad, we will explore how ‘bad’ drugs (such as crystal meth) and good drugs (such as antibiotics), work, and consider cutting-edge research to glimpse the future of medicine.
About Professor David K Smith
Dave Smith is Professor of Chemistry at University of York, where he carries out fundamental research in the field of smart nanomaterials and nanomedicines.
Plastic fantastic? Jamie Gallagher, Science Presenter
It can be any shape, colour, property and lasts 500 years! Despite the damage plastic does to the environment demand has never been higher. Join Jamie to discover the amazing properties of plastic and how to tackle the plastic problem.
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.
Strange ice Andrea Sella, Chemist and broadcaster, University College London
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.
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.
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.