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Dunbar SciFest 2016

The School of Chemistry Public Engagement team headed over to Dunbar on the 5th and 6th March 2016, to take part in the Dunbar SciFest.

An early start was required to travel and get all set up by 10am to welcome the first visitors of the day. Happily, from the very start our slime production line was a hit, with an estimated bag of slime made every two minutes for 14 hours over the two days.

Edinburgh Science Festival

Green Chemistry was the theme of this year's Edinburgh Science Festival drop in sessions for the School of Chemistry, fitting in with the Science Festival's overall theme of Building Better Worlds.

Over the five days, we wanted to showcase research from the department as well as encouraging care for the environment. Our activities included the ever popular slime making, using molymod kits to model pollutants, UV-visible spectroscopy and testing biodegradability.

Advanced Higher Practical Days

The school of chemistry welcomed 130 new Advanced Higher chemistry students from 11 different schools to our labs between the 15th and 30th June 2016. The students (and their teachers) worked on a variety of experiments to get their practical chemistry skills off to a great start.

Well done to all, and good luck when the new school year starts!

What the pupils said:

"I have learnt how to do recrystallization, quick titrations, gravimetric analysis, using the heating apparatus."

Crystal Growing Competition Update

To celebrate the International Year of Crystallography the School of Chemistry, at The University of Edinburgh, launched a crystal growing competition for schools. Over 20 schools from all over Scotland have signed up and will be carrying out crystal growing projects to present at our Competition Final Day which will be hosted at the School of Chemistry on the 26th September.

Bright Club 26.0 Reflux

The 27th May 2013 saw 7 brave researchers take the stage at the Stand Comedy club for a chemistry-ish night. Following two training sessions, PhD students and postdocs had the audience in fits of laughter (or slightly bewildered) as they explained their ???pi- on earring??? research, their quests to discover cancer curing drugs, surreal viva experiences, the physics of caramel and the fun to be had with lasers.

Who knew the Head of School had such a distinctive laugh? or that Faculty members knew so much about orange parrots (or was it carrots)?

Crystal Chemistry & Chocolate Alchemy

April brings round one of our favourite Edinburgh festivals, the International Science Festival, and the School of Chemistry were there with hands-on activities and a workshop to celebrate the International Year of Crystallography. We had a busy few days making crystals, understanding how crystals form, looking at the molecular structure of crystals and considering the importance of studying crystals in chemistry.