We are keen to share our excitement over cool chemical reactions, fancy organic electronic devices and other fun aspects of materials chemistry. Please get in touch if you would like to learn more about our outreach activities!
August 2018 We said goodbye to Vera He, who spent two months in our labs over the summer, and the group passed on their top tips so she is fully prepared for her undergraduate studies at Oxford. Wishing you all the best!
July 2018 Selen Sucu and Michael Oyebanjo from Mossbourne Community Academy visited our labs for a week during their holidays. They compared two different experimental protocols for converting ethylene glycol to its corresponding ditosylate. The bets were on in the lab – who would achieve the highest yield and who would obtain the purest product…?
June 2018 We enjoyed hosting Cristina Marson from St Paul’s Girls’ School in our labs for a week. Cristina prepared the important intermediate 2,5-dibromo-3-hexylthiophene and got some hands-on experience with thin-layer chromatography (TLC) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.
June 2018 Pete and Christina recently visited Mossbourne Community Academy to give sample lectures to sixth formers. Pete gave an introduction to organic electronics including electronic properties of materials, and device fabrication techniques. He also gave examples of how these materials are used in day-to-day devices and their potential use in the technology of the future. Christina presented a lecture covering the full synthesis of a conducting polymer, given in the style of a “day in the life” of a chemist. This included practical techniques such as synthesis, purification and analysis, alongside the supporting theory. They very much enjoyed meeting the students and had the opportunity to speak and take questions about university life, doing a PhD and the routes they took to get there.