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The Chemistry of Light

Chemistry Open Day Saturday 14 March 2020

Department of Chemistry BMS Theatre: 11am, 1:30pm and 4pm

Additional Public Lecture, Department of Chemistry BMS Theatre Monday 16 March 2020

Dr Peter Wothers' action-packed demonstration lecture explores the elements involved over the centuries in humankind's quest to light our way. In today's modern world, we take for granted the fact that we can provide instant light at the flick of a switch, but before the invention of modern electric lights, the only way of making light was through chemistry. Dr Wothers explores the elements involved over the centuries with his usual exciting demonstrations. From the earliest uses of oil lamps and the element named for its ability to light up the alchemist's laboratory, to the more exotic elements used in today's latest electrical devices, we will even see how chemical light helps forensic scientists investigate crime scenes. As usual, there will be plenty of flashes and bangs to keep you on the edge of your seats.

Warning: Loud Bangs!
Supported by the Walters Kundert Charitable Trust.

Booking Open – To book tickets click here.

For queries email: openday@ch.cam.ac.uk