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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.