Birmingham – Chemistry

Tuesday 6th November 2018

10.45am to 3.30pm
Bramall Hall

plus two examiner sessions

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The Scientists appearing on the day

Dr Peter Wothers

Understanding the Periodic Table

It is nearly 150 years since the publication of Medeleev’s first periodic table. Looking at the struture of atoms and chemical bonding, Dr Peter Wothers explores why the Table is arranged as it is and why it works so well.

He is a teaching fellow at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge and Director of Studies in Chemistry at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. In 2012 he gave the Royal Institution’s famous Christmas Lectures and is involved extensively in writing and outreach projects for young people interested in Chemistry.

Dr Suze Kundu

Adventures at nano-scale

An insight in science at the nano range. How does nature inspire nano-technology? What can we expect in the future from this exciting and promising areas of interdisciplinary science?

Dr Suze Kundu is a nanochemist and a teaching fellow at the University of Surrey. Her research focuses on materials that can capture solar energy, which can then be used to split water molecules to make hydrogen – a clean-burning fuel. She is an experienced lecturer, working with chemistry undergraduates as well as being involved in outreach programmes for students thinking about science at university.

Prof Lucy Carpenter

A round-the-world tour of atmospheric chemistry

Award-winning chemist, Professor Lucy Carpenter, surveys atmospheric chemistry around the world: from the Uintah basin and the tropical Atlantic to Beijing and London, looking at the relationships and feedbacks between chemistry and climate.

Head of Physical Chemistry at the University of York, she is an Atmospheric Chemist, specializing in the chemistry of the clean marine atmosphere and in natural emissions of volatile organic compounds. In 2015 she was awarded the Royal Society’s  Rosalind Franklin Award for her scientific achievement, her suitability as a role model and her project proposal to promote women in STEM.

Professor Peter Atkins

Energy and entropy

We are very lucky to welcome the renowned Oxford University chemist, also a prolific author on chemistry and other scientific subjects. He will be talking about the driving force of chemical change: energy and entropy.

Professor Lee Cronin

Making matter come alive

Could we create a fully inorganic cell using a “Lego kit” of inorganic molecules — no carbon — that can assemble, replicate and compete? This is the perfect question for Professor Lee Cronin, world-renowned for his ground-breaking research in complex chemical systems.