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“Chemistry that we take for granted” – open faculty lecture


“Chemistry that we take for granted” – open faculty lecture

“Chemistry that we take for granted” is an open faculty lecture to be given by our Chemistry Teacher, Dr Mark Kelly.

Thursday, 12th March at 6:30pm
Akademeia High School, Ledóchowskiej 2, Warsaw

“Chemistry that we take for granted” – A lecture exploring several materials and chemical processes that I believe we take for granted in our everyday lives. Some that we know and use regularly, such as the production and structure of paper and why this makes it so useful for different purposes, and some that are hidden from us, such the growth and uses of carbon based nano-materials.
As an example, I will be sharing research experience from my PhD, during which I was investigating the chemical process used to grow diamond films, showing that diamond has more uses than just jewellery!

Dr Mark Kelly
BSc Chemistry, Heriot Watt University
PhD Physical Chemistry, University of Bristol
PGCE, University of West England

After achieving his undergraduate degree Mark was offered a graduate job at Sasol Technologies Ltd where he was involved in the research of heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis. Mark left this position to complete a PhD in Bristol, where he specialised in gas phase plasma diagnostics and modelling for the chemical vapour deposition of diamond. During his PhD, Mark attended several conferences to present his work and is first author of two publications, as well as being second author of several others. Following a one-year post-doctoral research position in Bristol, Mark completed a PGCE to teach secondary science with a specialisation in Chemistry at the University of the West of England. Mark is moving to Warsaw having completed two years as Head of Chemistry at a British international school in Nairobi.

The event is open to our students, their families and friends, our faculty and staff.

If you’re interested in joining us but you don’t attend our school, please send an e-mail to Jakub Rusak, jakub.rusak@akademeia.edu.pl

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