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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 chem-outreach@reading.ac.uk. 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).

Sparkling Cyanides

Dr Ann Chippindale

Cyanides are poisonous materials, but they also show some fascinating properties. One of these, “Negative Thermal Expansion”, means that, unlike most materials, these cyanides shrink when heated up! How can this be? All will be revealed in this lecture. 

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.

Fuelling the Car of the Future

Dr Grau-Crespo

Dr Grau-Crespo discusses the problems encountered when developing batteries and fuel cells to power cars and describes how materials chemistry is meeting these challenges.

Zeolites Really Rock!

Dr Ann Chippindale

What do washing powder, cat litter, blood clotting bandages and industrial processes have in common? They all involve the use of inorganic solids called zeolites.

Dr Chippindale explores the chemistry behind these naturally occurring and manmade aluminosilicates and discusses what properties make them versatile and commercially important.

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.
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