LYSC Summer Schools: Spectacular colour chemistry (age 16–18)

11.00am to 3.00pm, Wednesday 21 August

L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Students creating natural dyes

    Credit: Royal Institution
  • Type

    Summer Schools
  • Audience

    Age 16–18


Standard £40

Ri Young Members £34

Event description

In this workshop students will discover what a colour actually is, understand how objects become coloured, and how chemists can manipulate these aspects to produce dyes and pigments.

The session will begin with a brief overview of light and colour mixing. This leads on to a discussion of how colour arises through removal of specific wavelengths of light, and both additive and subtractive colour mixing. The students then discover how chemical bonding can lead to colour, and they produce both natural and synthetic dyes. The final part of the workshop pitches the students against a ‘real-life’ analytical chemistry scenario during which they will devise their own experiment using aspects of concentration, pH and colourimetry to solve a colourful problem.

Please note

This workshop is strictly for 1618 year-olds only. Please note this workshop will include a 30 minute unsupervised lunch break. Students should bring their own lunch and a drink.

Discounted tickets are available to Ri Members. Find out more about how to join.

Refunds can only be issued for tickets cancelled at least two weeks (14 calendar days) in advance of the event date. Please note that this supersedes our normal event terms and conditions.

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