This page acts as a handy aide-memoire for forthcoming RSC Belgium events and activities. We also post information on interesting events notified to us by colleagues in the Belgian chemical community. Why not bookmark this page to ensure you know what is happening and when?
26 February 2015 - Fantastic Plastic - Dr Averil Macdonald of Reading University
What is the link between Lego™ blocks, zero pollution cars, disposable nappies, liquids that flow up hill, and false legs! And how can all this be linked to the perfect recipe for slime - not to mention how can you use this information to make a Million? All will be revealed by Prof Averil Macdonald of Reading University during her renowned Fantastic Plastic demonstration lecture at BSB on teh evening of Thursday 26 February.
Prof Macdonald's lecture gives a brief overview of the great variety of physical properties of plastics that make them suitable for various intriguing and surprising applications. She then introduces the concept of polymers consisting of long chain molecules, their ability to exist as solid and liquids and their ability to exhibit the properties of both (as in slime). Lively demonstrations show the effects of increasing temperature, cross linking molecules, "tangling up" the polymer chains, and dissolving them in liquids. Some examples are given to show how by controlling what happens at the molecular level, the characteristics of the final material are determined. Averil focuses as much on enterprise and business opportunities as she does on the chemistry and properties of polymer molecules. So plenty of interest for both budding engineers and entrepreneurs!
Averil Macdonald is Professor of Science Engagement at the University of Reading. Amongst many other roles she is a Trustee of the London Science Museum and chairs the UK Expert Group for Women in Science. See you there!
10 May 2015 - Waterloo Walk.
2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. To mark the occasion RSC Belgium is organising a Sunday afternoon walk round the British right flank of the battlefield including the Hougoumont farmhouse, starting at 14:30. The starting point will be the Panorama building and will be led by Alasdair White a leading authority on the battle. Further details and costs to be announced.
More information on RSC Belgium
You can also find out about RSC Belgium activities via our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter!
To get in contact with the section for more details of forthcoming events, or if you have an idea for a future event, please contact the section via the RSC Belgium email address.
** Indicates an event not organised by RSC Belgium.