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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."

Sciennes Primary School Science Fair

Dr Alison Hulme and PhD students from the chemistry department joined a host of other scientists this weekend at the Sciennes Science Fair.

The science fair covered a wide range of subject areas; the keynote speaker was Dr Andrew Murray, an extreme athlete, who spoke about his experience running from John O???Groats to the Sahara. Classrooms were taken over by different sciences including neuroscience who were building cells, physics who were looking at bubbles and geosciences who were making edible earths.

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.

School of Chemistry @ Dunbar SciFest

This weekend a group of undergraduates, postgraduates and staff from the School of Chemistry went on an expedition to Dunbar to take part in their Science Festival. We were celebrating the International Year of Crystallography and had a great time showing the kids crystals they can find in their kitchens using microscopes. We explained how crystals form and why understanding their structure is important to chemists. It was a fun weekend for all involved and we hope to have inspired some budding chemists!