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States of Matter and Planetary Atmospheres

Since primary school you’ve been told about solids, liquids and gases and how to tell them apart. But could you predict what state a substance or a mixture would be in under conditions present on far away planets? Do we even understand the structure of our own planet? The core of the earth? The atmosphere? How do variations in temperature and pressure dictate whether life exists? Or even if natural or unnatural changes happen, what is the impact on life? How do reactions happen at temperatures approaching absolute zero?

Chemistry is the study of matter, in all its forms. But more importantly it is the study of change. The lecture and workshop will explore how changes in temperature, pressure, composition impact the universe – from the core of massive planets to the formation of molecules in deep space.