This is a snapshot of myself presenting my research on C-H activations last night.
Please do click here to learn about catalysis. At the end of the talk, the organisers told me that my talk in chemistry was the best they had in 5 years of PubhD.
Pint of Science 2018
On May 14, I hosted the first night of the Pint of Science festival in Nottingham.
I talked about climate change and global warming explaining how carbon dioxide emissions are endangering marine life. This is a snapshot of one of the activities I led, using dry ice and water to show ocean acidification. I thought that my PhD in Sustainable Chemistry would fit perfectly one of the theme of the of the event: Planet Earth. I put together a team of academic superheroes who contribute daily to push the boundaries of science and help the planet. For example, did you know that biomass (basically rubbish) are an incredible source of valuable chemicals? We can warm them up and extracts oils and other precious stuff from them. And we don’t even need to use heat, microwaves do the same job at a cheaper price. Have you heard about the 12 principles of Sustainable Chemistry? Nooo. They are the guidelines for designing novel and greener processes Then guys, what’s the point of contributing to scientific progress if this knowledge doesn’t go beyond the wall of the ivory tower? This is why one of the section will be dedicated to sustainability in action and how science can drive change in legislation.
Festival of Science and Curiosity
On Feb the 17th, myself an other students at the Centre for Doctorial Training run an event at Nottingham Central Library focused on the chemistry of carbon. The event was organised and led by students. To know more check here.
Example of science communication on Instagram: Chemical-free is a lie
THIS IS A PRODUCT 100% NATURAL, NO CHEMICALS!
Let’s talk about real science rather than scientific propaganda or misinformation. This is a picture of my friend acetic acid, and as you guys can see the safety label says that it’s flammable and corrosive. You might think “I would never eat/touch that”. Wrong! You eat almost every day because it’s one of the main components of vinegar. If you really don’t want to use any chemical, then you better stop drinking and eating because the good news is that everything on this planet and beyond is a chemical. Even water is a chemical compound with formula H2O💧. Water is the safest thing on earth but you might be surprised that there is a case reported of a chap who died for intoxication from water (wuat?). Continue reading here.
Example of science communication on Instagram: Say no to drugs
THE NEW FUNNY BIT IS SAYING NO
When I was 13, some guys from a drug rehab centre came to school and talked about their experience with drug addiction and their afford to recover from the addiction.
It was quite a strong experience and this prevented me to use heavy drugs during my teenage years and say NO even when I was offered from free. I’ll try to do the same and teach people why chemically it’s bad to take any drug and how to be by being themselves. HEROIN: it was firstly made (in the lab) in 1874 in a hospital in London. However, it became popular in 1895 when Hoffman made and commercialised it in the Laboratories at Bayer. It was put into the market as a cough suppressant, for pain relief as a non-addictive version of morphine. (What?) Continue reading here.