TV3: Chemistry show illuminates science behind light

TV3: Chemistry show illuminates science behind light

A visiting chemistry teaching fellow from the University of Cambridge has brought his bag of tricks to New Zealand in a bid to show it’s more than just a flash in the pan.

Dr Peter Wothers, who has an MBE for services to chemistry, is in the country with the Chemistry of Light Show filled with flashes and bangs created by mixing different chemicals and compounds.

It explores the science behind the production of light from basic oil lamps to elements used in smart phones.

Dr Wothers’ visit to New Zealand was a joint venture between New Zealand Institute of Chemistry, Victoria University in Wellington, the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, the Royal Society of New Zealand, Massey University, and the Royal Society of Chemistry in the United Kingdom.

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