Welcome to the UCL Chemistry Department. Keep up to date with events taking place in and around the department (and in places further away), and the thoughts of our blog contributors.

Studying and Caring for Old Master Paintings: CPS Talk 14/10/14

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:22:11 +0000

  -Article by Stephen Leach This week the CPS were joined by Joseph Padfield, a conservation scientist at the National Gallery London. From ancient pigments to modern imaging techniques, the eager CPS audience where about to see through the eyes of a scientist charged with the upkeep of some of the UK’s most treasured paintings. […]


Careless Scientist Turns Into Fly: CPS Talk 07/10/14

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:40:09 +0000

-Article by Stephen Leach This week there was no CPS lecture. Instead, entertainment came in the form of ‘The Fly’ by David Cronenberg. It’s a 1986 sci-fi horror masterpiece in which Mr Cronenberg charts the epic destruction of a brilliant scientist played by Jeff Goldblum who became perilously entangled with the common fly. This film […]


Rhythm and Base Pairs – CPS Talk 30/09/14

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 13:13:08 +0000

  - Article by Stephen Leach In the first of the weekly CPS talks this year, Dr Adam Rutherford visited the UCL Chemistry Department to discuss the unlikely companions of genetics and hip hop. As a conscientious biologist and geneticist he opened with a cautionary tale about incest. The Habsburg Dynasty of Spain (who ruled […]


Diamonds are a Chemist’s Best Friend – CPS Talk 04/02/14

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 10:35:31 +0000

- Article by Jack Humphrey UCL’s own Professor Paul McMillan takes us on a journey to the centre of the earth in search of the weird and wonderful chemistry that occurs at high temperatures and pressure with a smattering of biology too.   Everything you know about chemistry is only true under specific temperatures and […]


Chemist Wins Public Engagement Award for SuperLAB! Event

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:17:19 +0000

-Article by Clair Chew Walking into a Shoreditch bar on a Wednesday evening, the last thing you might be expecting is a CSI crime scene and lab ready for you to play detective. The free ‘SuperLAB!’ events were inspired by crime and superhero comics and ran over the course of two nights. Artists and scientists […]

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