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Chemistry and Light
Wed 14 December 2016, 18:30 – 21:00 GMT
Chemistry and Light can interact with many aspects of our everyday life. Join Dr Peter Douglas, of Swansea University, for a fascinating, exciting and funny lecture will show the importance of photochemistry in our world, and includes more than thirty demonstrations!
The lecture is divided into three sections and will explore:
How light is made
Demonstrating how light can be generated electrically, thermally and chemically, and how visible light can be generated from ultraviolet light, through fluorescence and phosphorescence.
How light is used today in technology and everday life
The use of light in everyday technology will be demonstrated, including its use in photography, electronics, entertainment, plastics, medicine and security.
How light might be used in the future to solve two of the most important problems facing mankind i.e. the production of clean water and clean energy
The final section of the lecture illustrates ways in which light can be used to purify polluted water, and how sunlight can be used as the ideal non-polluting energy source by conversion into electricity or a chemical fuel.