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Crystallisation Outreach

WEIG members have recently taken part in the University of Warwick's family day on 14th of September 2019. They entertained and educated the masses on the crystallisation and polymorphism of chocolate!

Sun 15 Sep 2019, 17:26 | Tags: Events Public Engagement

Crystallisation Outreach

WEIG members, Dr Ian McPherson and Peter Morris, have recently taken part in the East Midlands Big Bang Fair held at Leicester Grammar School on 9th of February 2019. They entertained and educated the masses on the crystallisation of chocolate!


Thu 14 Mar 2019, 10:03 | Tags: Public Engagement

Chem-Art continues!

Mary Courney was Warwick Chemistry's artist in residence throughout 2016, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Being based in the electrochemistry group, we worked with her to pioneer a chemistry artistic collaboration to help promote science to the public.

The work and images she has produced during her time here are being showcased in the department and beyond, including...

...Verse Reaction, a project which took research images from science and presented them as beautiful works of art...

...images which were displayed at the opening of Warwick's brand new teaching and learning building... well as The Herbert art gallery, including a discussion with Mary and Pat...

...which culminates in an awe-inspiring 20 minute movie that you can watch here:

Tue 20 Jun 2017, 15:34 | Tags: Public Engagement

Diamond is more than just a gemstone!

From Monday 4th to Sunday 10th July, The Royal Society in London opened its doors to the public as it hosted a Summer Science Exhibition, a week-long free festival of visionary science and technology. The diamond groups at Warwick, along with other institutions, put on an exhibit there entitled "Diamond: More Than Just A Gemstone", which showcased the fantastic properties of diamond other than looking great in jewellery, and promoted its potential as a material for a variety of scientific and engineering applications.

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Researchers from Warwick Electrochemistry's diamond group demonstrated the "ice trick" which utilises the thermal properties of diamond, and also a light up electrode stand where visitors could test for themselves the electrical conductivity of boron doped diamond. Warwick Physics's diamond group put together a stand exploring the quantum properties of diamond and the influence of magnetic fields over it. Finally, the team at Aberystwyth University built a glowing LED model of diamond and used it to explain how diamond can be grown in the lab and how different dopants affect its properties. We also had representatives from Cardiff University, University of Bristol, and Element Six on the stand throughout the week.

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Over the course of the week, around 15,000 visitors passed through the doors, and our team was noted as always being extremely enthusiastic. Visitors ranged from small children to Nobel prize winners, and we received great reviews from everyone - as could be seen from the popularity of the stand, particularly the ice demonstration! Well done to everyone who took part, for making this event a huge success!

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Wed 13 Jul 2016, 14:53 | Tags: Events Public Engagement

Science meets Art at the Earlson Festival Art Trail!

May Day celebrations filled the streets of Earlsdon yesterday as one of Coventry's most popular and cherished events, the Earlsdon Festival, returned for its fifth year to the heart of the Earlsdon community.

The festival featured market stalls, a cake competition, music concerts, talks, poetry, a history walk, antiques valuations and an activity day.


WEIG of course wanted to join in the fun, so our team members Faduma, Maria, Minkyung, Cameron, Dmitry, and Bryn went along with Pat to promote the work of Mary Courtney, our Artist in Residency. Her aim is to uncover the vast mine of beautiful and beguiling images generated by chemists that are never seen by anyone else, and bring them out to the public. We went along to the festival to help share the strangeness and wonder of the stuff our world is made of, the stuff that is out of range of ordinary sight, for example below:

Faduma Maddar, NADH oxidation deposition surface (dubbed "Toast in Space")

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Find out more about what went on at the Earlsdon Festival, and read more Mary Courtney's project and collaboration with us.

Tue 03 May 2016, 10:58 | Tags: Events Public Engagement

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