Prof Andrea Sella

Nerve Agents: Chemistry’s dirty secret

From the Battle of Ypres in 1915 to the recent attack on Sergei Skripal, chemical weapons have been a terrible feature of modern warfare (despite various international treaties and campaigns that aim to eliminate them). For chemists, whose profession has played an important role in developing these horrific nerve agents, the moral questions this presents are extremely difficult: not only hard to answer but perhaps awkward to ask -making them all the more important, as Professor Andrea Sella will show.

One of the world’s most exciting speakers on chemistry, Professor Andrea Sella was recently awarded the Michael Faraday Prize for excellence in science communication – that is exactly what you get from Professor Sella. He will give one of his wonderful lectures, which will ask deep scientific and philosophical questions about the study of molecules and elements – as well as it being a dazzling chemistry demonstration. He is Professor of Chemistry at University College London.