Exciting events for all ages will be taking place at the Chemistry Labs on Saturday 25 March.

Exciting events for all ages will be taking place at the Chemistry Labs on Saturday 25 March.

Cambridge University's Department of Chemistry will be opening its doors once again as part of this year's National Science Week. On offer will be an afternoon of fun, exhibits, a variety of chemistry displays, and a demonstration lecture with pace and attitude.

At 1:30pm and 4pm, Dr John Salthouse will be presenting Son et Lumiere, which promises the excitement of plenty of flashes and bangs - plus a bit of chemistry thrown in for good measure.

The event is part of the Department of Chemistry's open day, Cool Chemistry and Curiosities, on Saturday 25 March, when visitors will be able to go along to the Lensfield Road laboratories between 1pm and 5pm to find out all about the chemistry of everyday life.

According to Jonathan Medlock, organiser of the event, "This is a chance to find out what a chemist actually does and the types of equipment chemists use today. Visitors will be able to find out for themselves how far chemistry has come since the days of practising alchemy."

Young chemists taking a hands-on approach to science.

Scientists working in the department will be explaining various principles of chemistry, such as why mirrors matter and how molecules are put together. There will also be the opportunity to build your own molecules of everyday chemicals, such as aspirin, the peppermint flavouring menthol, or the vanilla flavouring vanillin.

Jonathan Medlock added that "We would like to thank SmithKline Beecham, Roche, GlaxoWellcome and AstraZeneca for their kind sponsorship of the Chemistry Department's open day."

Saturday's events at the Department of Chemistry form part of a week-long programme of exciting activities in celebration of National Science Week.

In anticipation of Saturday's events, tonight - as part of the week's Science at Seven lecture series - the Chemistry Department's Dr Peter Wothers is giving an explosive and enlightening demonstration of the "secret lives of gases", in It's a gas.

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