The Chemistry of Light Show

Dr Peter Wothers, University of Cambridge, UK

Jointly hosted by the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry and Royal Society of New Zealand

6.00 pm Thursday, 9 July, Marsden Lecture Theatre, Science Tower B, Massey University Turitea Campus

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6.00 pm Friday, 10 July, Marsden Lecture Theatre, Science Tower B, Massey University Turitea Campus

This action-packed demonstration lecture, suitable for all ages, explores the elements involved over the centuries in mankind’s quest to light his way. From the earliest uses of oil lamps and the element named for its ability to light up the alchemist’s laboratory, to the more exotic elements used in today’s latest electrical devices. We will even see how chemical light helps the forensic scientist investigate crime scenes. There will be plenty of flashes and bangs to keep you on the edge of your seats.

Peter Wothers is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge. He is heavily involved in promoting chemistry to young students and members of the public and has fronted the lectures at the department for the Cambridge Science Festival for over 15 years. Peter is known nationally and internationally for his demonstration lectures and in 2012 he presented the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, titled The Modern Alchemist.

He recently created the popular Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, an international online competition and he has authored a number of popular textbooks including the first edition of Organic Chemistry with Clayden, Greeves and Warren, and Chemical Structure and Reactivity with colleague James Keeler. He was awarded an MBE for Services to Chemistry in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Dr Peter Wothers is being brought to New Zealand by the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry for the International Year of Light.

 Suitable for all ages. Not to be missed!

 There is a small charge for these demonstration lectures:

General Admission $10; Students / under 18s $5; Family ticket (2x adult, 2x child) $25

 Book online to secure your seat or pay on the door (cash or EFTPOS available)