Chemistry Day – Gallery Stage

Join us in the Gallery for free, drop-in talks on chemistry and material science, from the chemistry of colour to how molecular design helps with lighting. First come, first served.

 

11am–11.30am
The Chemistry of Metals in Life
Age: 15+

chemistryMetals are essential for all of life, but their reactivity also means that they are potentially extremely toxic. In this talk, UEA’s Prof Nick Le Brun will explore the wonders of transition metals, how living organisms minimise the dangers associated with them, and what happens when those safeguards malfunction.

Prof Nick Le Brun is Professor of Biological Chemistry and Head of Chemistry at the School of Chemistry at the University of East Anglia.

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12pm–12.30pm
The Chemistry of Colour
Age: 15+

flowersIn this talk, Hans Pfalzgraf from UEA will be geeking out about molecules and how their colour is affected by their atoms, electrons and protons. Why are leaves green, and blood red? How do pH indicators work? What is the difference between fluorescence and phosphorescence? Come and learn essential chemistry concepts explained clearly and overenthusiastically!

Hans Pfalzgraf is a Postgraduate Researcher in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

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1pm–1.30pm
Drug Discovery: Putting a Price on Everlasting Life
Age: 12+

tabletsIn this talk, Prof Ganesan from the University of East Anglia will give an overview of the modern drug discovery process, all the way from the initial idea to lab experiments, to clinical trials and market launch. Why are some drugs successful, and others not? Come and find out about the impact that modern medicines have on our health, and whether successful medication will extend our lifespan indefinitely.

Prof Ganesan is Professor in Chemical Biology in the School of Pharmacy at the University of East Anglia.

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2.30pm–3.30pm
Molecular Design for Energy-efficient Materials
Age: 15+

About 19% of the world’s electricity production is used for lighting… and demand is increasing. Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) have a major role to play as energy-saving technology with a wide range of applications in displays, ultrathin lighting panels, electronic wallpapers, wearable and flexible electronics. Join UEA’s Prof Manfred Bochman and Dr Alexander Romanov to learn more!

Prof Manfred Bochman is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in the School of Chemistry at the University of East Anglia.

Dr Alexander Romanov is a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the School of Chemistry at the University of East Anglia.

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Thursday 24 October
Venue: The Forum’s Gallery
Cost: Free, drop-in