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Chemistry Trail

As we celebrate 300 years of chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, we take a look over the centuries, at the discoveries, revelations, and analyses have taken place all over the City of Edinburgh.

Everyday processes and objects which we take for granted in the 21st century such as pain relief, artificial refrigeration, vitamin supplements and the existence and understanding of molecular structures were all discovered here in Edinburgh.

Visit to Gilmerton Primary School

In January, three PhD students ventured out to Gilmerton Primary School to give a science lesson.

The children had been reading ???George???s Marvellous Medicine??? and this inspired the request to the School of Chemistry. The children were given lab coats and goggles, much to their excitement, and then we began experimenting!  We explored the properties of hydrogels and measured how much water they can soak up (a lot!) and then had fun playing with the gel we had made.

Chemistry Researchers Visit Gracemount Primary

Dr Neil Robertson and John Mallows recently visited Gracemount Primary School to run science workshops with both P5 classes.

The theme was solids, liquids and gases, fitting in with the topic the pupils have been studying recently at the school. The hands-on workshop allowed the pupils to experiment with a water-absorbing polymers used in nappies, a liquid that behaves like a solid, colour changes caused by reaction with oxygen gas, and the properties of different metals.

Meet the Expert

On the last three Sundays, the School of Chemistry have taken over a section of the National Museum of Scotland, to give members of the public a chance to ???Meet the Expert???.

The sessions have been based on fluorescence, light chemistry and extreme conditions chemistry. Volunteer PhD students and members of staff have run a variety of activities and discussed their research with children and adults alike.

Graphene Knitwear

Louise Hogg, a member of the School of Chemistry and a keen knitter, has created a knitting pattern for a Graphene sheet. We plan to bring together knitters from across the region to knit a huge graphene sheet!

The knitting pattern for a sample of (knitted) graphene is below. We can't promise it has the same exciting properties as real graphene, but as Louise discovered it makes an excellent jumper to keep you warm in our Scottish summer!