Crests Low-Dimensional Chemistry

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Outreach diary


March - National Science and Engineering Week 2012

‘Friction at Nanoscale’, Zhenyu Zhang (talk), Wickersley School & Sports College.

‘The Water Race’, Zhenyu Zhang (hands-on session), Maltby Academy

‘Friction at Nanoscale’, Zhenyu Zhang (talk), Carlton Community College

KNEX Challenge, Zhenyu Zhang, Sheffield High Junior School (18/May/12).


Talks to classes in years 10 and 11, Chris Clarkson, Kingsthorpe College, Northampton.


March - National Science and Engineering Week 2013

‘The Water Race’, Zhenyu Zhang (hands-on session), Tapton School


‘Engineering on the Molecular Scale’, Graham Leggett (Lecture to Sheffield sixth-formers), Aim Higher, University of Sheffield.


'Physics of Bubbles' Steve Evans (supported by IoP), Sidmouth Science Festival.


We are currently developing a series of demonstrations for use in schools and other venues.

  • Chromatography of leaves (Michael Cartron);
  • Fruit batteries (Omed Al-Jaf and Abdullah Alswieleh);
  • Blackberry juice solar cell (Rob Ducker, Chris Clarkson and Osama El-Zubir);
  • Atomic force microscopy (Nic Mullin and Paul Chapman);
  • Detergents (Nan Cheng, Peng Bao and Vikki Cunningham);
  • Auntie Agnes (Graham Leggett).