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The Big Squeeze – putting materials under pressure

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19:00 – 19:45 23 Nov 2015
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T0.03, The John Dalton Building, All Saints Campus, Metropolitan University, Manchester M15 6BH

Speakers: Professor Colin Pulham, The University of Edinburgh

This demonstration lecture is about how pressure affects the properties of a wide range of substances and materials.  Can we really make diamonds from peanut butter?  Can we recreate the conditions at the centre of the Earth or on the surface of Jupiter?  What colour is oxygen at very high pressures and what happens to the shape of ice crystals under pressure?
Find out how high pressures can be used in the processing of foods such as fruit juices and shellfish to make them safer to eat, and how we can improve our understanding of explosives.   Learn how new superconductors can be prepared at high pressures and temperatures, how high-pressure research helps us to understand the formation of rocks on Earth and other planets and about the effects of high pressures on living organisms at the bottom of the oceans.
Colin Pulham graduated with a DPhil. in Chemistry from Oxford. He moved to the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh in 1992 being appointed to a Personal Chair in High-Pressure Chemistry there in 2008. He is a member of the Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions (CSEC) and is interested in the effects of high pressure on molecular compounds such as pharmaceuticals, energetic materials (explosives, propellants), fuels, and lubricants. He has a long standing interest in public engagement and was awarded the Royal Society Kohn Award for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science in 2005 and the Tam Dalyell Prize in 2011.

Colin Pulham graduated with a DPhil. in Chemistry from Oxford. He moved to the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh in 1992 being appointed to a Personal Chair in High-Pressure Chemistry there in 2008. He is a member of the Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions (CSEC) and is interested in the effects of high pressure on molecular compounds such as pharmaceuticals, energetic materials (explosives, propellants), fuels, and lubricants. He has a long standing interest in public engagement and was awarded the Royal Society Kohn Award for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science in 2005 and the Tam Dalyell Prize in 2011.

Talk starts at 19:00 with sandwiches and refreshments available from 18.15. All are welcome and all our talks are free to attend.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: Joint talk with Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society
Contact details: Dr Christie Theodorakou, christie.theodorakou@christie.nhs.uk

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http://www.manlitphil.ac.uk/pages/?page_id=1306


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