Monthly Archives: December 2014


Glossary – Week 1

Atom The smallest object that retains properties of an element. Composed of electrons and a nucleus (containing protons and neutrons). Chemical changes Processes or events that have altered the fundamental structure of something. Electron One of the parts of the atom having a negative charge. Indivisible particle with a charge of -1. Element Substance consisting [...]

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Port Sunlight Unilever is an international consumer-goods conglomerate with headquarters in Rotterdam, Netherlands and London, England. The chances are that you will recognise many of their products and some of them will be a part of your daily routine. Unilever is the parent company of brands such as: Lynx Shower Gel, Dove Soap, [...]

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Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller is a final year student at LJMU studying Forensic Science. During the summer of 2014 she worked as a student intern developing materials for the launch of the Chemistry for All programme. She is also a student advocate taking part in schools events such as the BIG bang event organised by MerseySTEM at [...]

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Using a Bunsen Burner

Lighting a Bunsen burner:  don’t be all fingers and thumbs!  Follow our step by step guide to lighting a Bunsen in a quick and safe way.  

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Dorothy Hodgkin

Biochemist I have conducted pioneering work based on Chemistry and Crystallography. I first became interested in Chemistry and crystals as a child and went on to study at Oxford and then gained my PhD from Cambridge. Over 30 years of my career, I researched the structure of proteins - discovering the three dimensional [...]

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This week’s key element is BERYLLIUM

 Background Information Beryllium was discovered by Louis Vauquelin in 1797 and was first isolated in 1928 by two scientists named Friedrich Wohler and Antoine Bussy. Beryllium is a very rare element and only exists naturally when in combination with other elements. As a free element, beryllium is a solid, steel-grey in colour and is [...]

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This week’s key element is LITHIUM

 Background Information Lithium was discovered by Johan Arfwedson in 1817 and first isolated by William Brande in 1821. It is a soft, silver-white metal with a solid physical state. In standard conditions it is the lightest metal and the least dense solid element. Lithium is highly reactive and flammable so is mostly stored in [...]

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This week’s key element is HELIUM

  Background Information Helium was discovered by Pierre Janssen and Norman Lockyer in 1868 and was named after the Greek   God of the sun Helios. Helium is at the top of the noble gas group in the periodic table ( group 7) and it has 2 electrons. It is odourless, colourless and tasteless [...]

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