On Thursday, 1 October 2015, the Physics Department at Loreto College will be hosting Fabulous Physics 2015, in collaboration with the Institute of Physics and The Ogden Trust.
This event is a great opportunity for GCSE students who might be considering studying physics beyond Year 11 and would like to explore the subject more. This is a free event, although places must be booked in advance. The event will consist of a physics lecture, Q&A sessions and hands on physics workshops.
16:15-16:30: Arrival registration and light refreshments – tickets must be booked in advance.
18:30-19:00: Buffet dinner
19:00-19:45: Primeval Slime, Dr Mike Reis, University of Leeds
(Participants will have the chance to put their questions to the speaker during a Q&A)
What is Primeval Slime?
In this lecture I will tell you all about the wonderful nature of slime. Can a liquid bounce? A solid flow? A solution shatter? Find out how slime turns your view of the material world upside down. Slime is a wonderful example of soft matter physics in action. Soft matter is everywhere; colloids, liquid crystals, polymers, foams, gels, emulsions, membranes, granular materials, biological matter and therefore life itself are just some instances of soft matter. Some new physics, fun examples, messy demos, what more could you want from a talk?
Dr ME Ries is a Senior Lecturer in Physics at the University of Leeds. He is presently a Royal Society Industry Fellow working with industry on new ways of processing the most abundant biopolymer on the planet, cellulose. This research involves using ionic liquids, room temperature molten salts, to dissolve polysaccharides, with these solutions being natural examples of soft matter. His areas of expertise are soft matter physics and nuclear magnetic resonance. Dr ME Ries is the Chair of the Yorkshire Branch of the Institute of Physics and through this he promotes physics, the understanding of physics and the importance of physics to the public.