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Lectures for Schools

We deliver a number of lectures for Year 11, 12 and 13 students, which expand on GCSE and A level chemistry topics. Each presentation lasts for 30-45 minutes and is delivered at school or college. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions, both about the talk content and about studying chemistry at university.

To book one of our lectures, email Please include:

  • your school’s name and address
  • the lecture(s) you are interested in
  • the time and date(s) you would like the lecture(s).

Materials from Micelles

Dr Joanne Elliott

Dr Elliott describes the self-assembly of micelles in solution and their application to form nanostructured electrode materials with controllable 3D architectures and enhanced surface areas for use in catalysis.

Chemistry for our Future: Clean and Sustainable Energy

Dr Paz Vaqueiro

Declining fossil fuel reserves and climate change arising from increased CO2 emissions pose an enormous challenge to society.

The development of alternative energy-generating methods offers the only realistic hope for a long-term solution, and chemistry is at the forefront of many of these advances.

In this lecture, Dr Vaqueiro gives an overview of the contribution of chemical sciences to the development of new energy technologies.

The 'Polymer Age'

Dr Adam Bromley

The advancement of human civilization can be tracked in terms of the dominant material used; from our humble beginnings in the ‘Stone Age’ to what some now regard as the ‘Polymer Age’.

Why are polymeric materials so useful? How do modern polymer chemists control a seemingly uncontrollable cascade of reactions? And what new and exciting uses might we have for these materials?

In this lecture, Dr Bromley discusses the leap from early free-radical reactions to modern controlled radical polymerisation and the exciting places these materials might take us.


Who is a chemist and what do they do? 

Dr Adam Bromley

Students can often be unsure where studying chemistry will lead them. Lab work, research and teaching are some of the most common responses and while not untrue, they fail to capture the full breadth of opportunities studying chemistry can lead to.

This lecture shines a light on the skills and opportunities chemistry graduates open themselves up to, both here at Reading as well as on the national level. We will explore the traditional and unexpected careers chemists end up in! 

Athena SWAN Silver Award