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1 Did The Romans Recycle? We all know the Romans liked wine, but what happened to all the smashed glass when the party was over? Dr Victoria Sainsbury tells the story of what the Romans did with all their broken glass, and why archaeologists care about recycling. Victoria Sainsbury 15 Sep 2020
2 Search for the Electron EDM Using Molecular Ions 4th and final lecture in the Hinshelwood 2019 lecture series Jung Ye 30 Apr 2019
3 Quantum Matter and Atomic Clocks 3rd lecture in the Hinshelwood 2019 series Jun Ye 30 Apr 2019
4 A Quantum Gas of Polar Molecules 2nd lecture in the Hinshelwood 2019 series Jun Ye 30 Apr 2019
5 General introduction - Control of Light: Frequency Comb Spectroscopy from IR to UXV 1st lecture in the Hinshelwood 2019 series Jun Ye 30 Apr 2019
6 An Outdoor Pause: Skipping Stones, Splashes (and some tea to conclude) The 6th and final session of the Hinshelwood 2018 chemistry lecture series Lydéric Bocquet 20 Sep 2018
7 Ski Friction and the Alchemy of Waxing The 5th session of the 2018 Hinshelwood lecture series Lydéric Bocquet 20 Sep 2018
8 General introduction: Soft Interfaces and Scales Slippery Roads of Hydrodynamic Slippage 1st Lecture in the 2018 Hinshelwood lecture series, with Professor Lyderic Bocquet, Directeur de Recherche, CNRS, and Professor of Physics, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris. Lydéric Bocquet 30 Apr 2018
9 Lecture 6: Bioinspired Colloidal Assembly: From Photonics to Encryption The sixth lecture in the Hinshelwood lecture series. Joanna Aizenberg 18 May 2017
10 Lecture 5: Everything SLIPS: A New Concept in Anti-biofouling Materials The fifth lecture in the Hinshelwood lecture series Joanna Aizenberg 18 May 2017
11 Lecture 4: Hydrophobicity, Superhydrophobicity, Omniphobicity and Slippery Surfaces The fourth lecture in the Hinshelwood lecture series Joanna Aizenberg 18 May 2017
12 Lecture 3: Actuated "spiny" Surfaces a la Echinoderms: En Route for Adaptive Materials The third lecture in the Hinshelwood lecture series. Joanna Aizenberg 18 May 2017
13 Lecture 2: Rationally Designed Complex 3D Microarchitectures The second lecture in the Hinshelwood lecture series Joanna Aizenberg 18 May 2017
14 Lecture 1: Bio-inspired approaches to crystal design The first lecture in the Hinshelwood lecture series. Joanna Aizenberg 18 May 2017
15 How do you turn an orange into a grapefruit? Flavouring. It’s a global industry and here in Oxford a group of scientists are getting a ‘taste’ of the action by making natural flavours by manipulating enzymes. Alize Pennec 27 Feb 2017
16 DMRG in Quantum Chemistry: From its relation to traditional methods to n-orbital density matrices and beyond In my talk I will attempt to provide an overview on the application of the density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) algorithm in quantum chemistry. Markus Reiher 11 Oct 2016
17 'Learning' part 3 - Learning from Nature How can Chemistry take inspiration from nature to create cleaner and more efficient ways of producing and using Hydrogen as a source of clean energy? Kylie Vincent 24 May 2016
18 Bioinformatics at the heart of biology and genomics medicine The Ninth annual Florence Nightingale Lecture, given by Professor Dame Janet Thornton, European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge. Held on Thursday 21st April 2016. Dame Janet Thornton 27 Apr 2016
19 Shedding Light on the Situation Light is more than just light bulbs and sunshine! Researchers at the University of Oxford use different types of light to learn more about all sorts of interesting things. Jena Meinecke, Chris Rennick, Brianna Heazlewood, Clarence Yapp 12 Apr 2016
20 Creative Commons Carrots, spiders and red salt – a fascination with light capture in biology Using physics, chemistry and biology, the fascination with light capture in nature will be explained in a multi-coloured and animated well – prepare for six-eyed spiders, purple carrots and red salt. Anthony Watts 15 Dec 2015
21 Creative Commons The Chemistry Show 2015 Malcolm Stewart and Dr Fabrice Birembaut are back again with their highly entertaining flash bang lecture! Let Santa and his elf take you on a discovery journey from cold to hot chemistry! Malcolm Stewart, Fabrice Birembaut 14 Dec 2015
22 Periodic Tales Author Hugh Aldersey-Williams, historian of science Jo Hedesan and chemist Peter Battle discuss the ways in which the elements continue to inspire us today Hugh Aldersey-Williams, Jo Hedesan, Peter Battle 13 Oct 2015
23 Creative Commons On Closer Inspection: placing Hooke's Language under the Microscope Dr Anna Camilleri English Fellow, Christ Church give a talk on the use language within Hooke's writings. Anna Camilleri 09 Oct 2015
24 Creative Commons Atomic-resolution Electron Microscopy for Chemistry: From Brain and Fancy to plainness of Observations Professor Eiichi Nakamura, Department of Chemistry, University of Tokyo talks about innovations in microscopy. Eiichi Nakamura 09 Oct 2015
25 Creative Commons Christ Church in the Commonwealth: Hooke’s college Judith Curthoys Archivist, Christ Church talks about Robert Hooke's time at Christ Church. Judith Curthoys 09 Oct 2015
26 Multi-dimensional Super Resolution Imaging Dr Steven Lee Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge gives an insight into some modern microscopy innovations. Steven Lee 09 Oct 2015
27 Creative Commons Concluding remarks Professor Dirk Aarts, Physical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford and Chemistry Fellow, Christ Church gives the concluding remarks to the days talks. Dirk Aarts 09 Oct 2015
28 Robert Hooke’s Micrographia: 350 years on Dr Allan Chapman Science Historian, Wadham College talks about Robert Hookes groundbreaking book Micrographia. Allan Chapman 09 Oct 2015
29 Creative Commons Simon Benjamin on Open Science Simon Benjamin, Associate Professor at the Materials Department, gives an in-depth talk on the importance of Open Science for researchers, students and the general public. Simon Benjamin 09 Jul 2015
30 Creative Commons Unlocking the Power of Hydrogen Kylie Vincent and Philip Ash discuss how bacteria harness the energy stored within hydrogen molecules, and how this could help build a more sustainable energy future. Kylie Vincent, Philip Ash 10 Jun 2015
31 Creative Commons Chemistry is Central to our Energy Future Phil Grunewald, Deputy Director of Energy Research at the University of Oxford, explains how chemistry helps to solve global energy challenges. Phil Grunewald 10 Jun 2015
32 Creative Commons Nanoparticle Catalysis: Size Matters Hanif Mahadi, Researcher in Edman Tsang’s group, explains how nanoparticle catalysts help us use fossil fuels more efficiently and develop cleaner alternative sources of energy. Hanif Mahadi 10 Jun 2015
33 Creative Commons Using Catalysts to Make Exhaust Fumes Greener How can we reduce the pollution from car exhausts? Elizabeth Raine 10 Jun 2015
34 Creative Commons The Energy Challenge:  Research at Oxford Providing secure, affordable and sustainable forms of energy is one of our biggest challenges this century.  Hear how the cutting-edge fundamental research we undertake addresses real world problems and helps us to move towards a more sustainable future.  Phil Grunewald 10 Jun 2015
35 Leviathan and the Air Pump: Highlights Historians of Science David Wootton and Michael Hunter review the controversial book 50 years on Ritchie Robertson, David Wootton, Michael Hunter 28 May 2015
36 Give us a hand Oxford Sparks explore what chirality is. Jo Dunkley, Alain Goriely, Robert Llewellyn 18 May 2015
37 Give Peas a Chance Nitrogen could be one of the most interesting elements in the periodic table. Find out more about this fascinating element and how research into peas and beans at Oxford could help feed the world! www.oxfordsparks.net/nitrogen. Jo Dunkley, Robert Llewellyn 05 Mar 2015
38 "Anomalies" Part 2 - Turing Patterns Dr Christian Yates describes a phenomenon first noticed by the World War II code-breaker, Alan Turing. Christian Yates, Chris Lintott 26 Jan 2015
39 How can eating chocolate teach us about chemistry? Celebrating the Year of Crystallography A film produced as part of the Oxford Open Doors 2014 which examines some interesting research at Oxford Chemistry with some thoughts from the general public. Chris Schofield, Richard Cooper, Charlotte Richards 16 Jan 2015
40 Can we starve tumours? Oxford Chemistry joins Cancer Research UK in the fight for the cure A film produced as part of the Oxford Open Doors 2014, reflecting on some of the exciting cancer research being undertaken in the Oxford Chemistry Department. With Professor Chris Schofield, Oxford University, and Charlotte Richards, Cancer Research UK. Chris Schofield, Charlotte Richards 16 Jan 2015
41 "Hidden Worlds" Part 2 - Robert Robinson’s chemical box Edward Imrie and Dr Stephen Johnston Edward Imrie and Dr Stephen Johnston talk about a surprising discovery – a collection of boxes, originally containing chocolates and soap, now full of tiny chemical vials thought to date back to the 1930s. Edward Imrie, Stephen Johnston 05 Jan 2015
42 X-Ray crystallography: revealing the shape of molecules Dr Richard Cooper on x-ray crystallography - an incredibly powerful technique for determining the 3D structure of crystals. Richard Cooper 23 Jun 2014
43 The Zeeman Decelerator and ultracold chemistry The Zeeman Deceleator is used to do ‘ultracold chemistry’ – slowing down molecules in order to study reactions. Katrin Dulitz shows off her amazing machine. Katrin Dulitz 19 Jun 2014
44 Incredible Machines: Conclusion Dr Ashley Shepherd concludes the Incredible Machines series by explaining what makes her the most excited about working as a scientist in the Department of Chemistry. Ashley Shepherd 19 Jun 2014
45 Mass spectrometry: how does it work, and why should you care? From cutting-edge cancer research to sustainable fish farming, Dr James McCullagh explains the importance of mass spectrometry. James McCullagh 19 Jun 2014
46 Glassblowing: a beautiful, crucial, trade Watch glassblower Terri Adams in action as she creates scientific tools from the flames. Terri Adams 19 Jun 2014
47 Inside NMR Spectroscopy Dr Tim Claridge takes apart an NMR machine to show us how this technique is used in research with application in human health and beyond. Tim Claridge 19 Jun 2014
48 The Stark Decelerator & ultracold chemistry The Stark Decelerator was built from scratch in the basement of the Chemistry Department. Dr Brianna Heazelwood shows how this incredible device is used to study molecules. Brianna Heazlewood 19 Jun 2014
49 Incredible Machines: Introduction Dr Ashley Shepherd introduces the extraordinary machines used by Oxford chemists, and tells us about her work as a surface analyst. Ashley Shepherd 19 Jun 2014
50 Creative Commons The coldest place in the Universe Tiffany Harte, Oxford Physics, discusses absolute zero temperatures and how by cooling atoms in a lab we can aim to replicate the coldest place in the Universe. Tiffany Harte 13 Dec 2013
51 Meet the Scientists - Collaborations with the Oxford Botanic Garden Alison Foster, Senior Curator of the Oxford Botanic Garden, discusses her daily work and the transition she has made from working in a lab to working in the garden. Alison Foster 09 Oct 2013
52 Fireworks Displays: The chemistry of explosive entertainment Fireworks consultant, author and former Oxford chemist Dr Tom Smith explains the basic chemistry and construction of fireworks, and their use in modern fireworks displays. Tom Smith 08 Oct 2013
53 Lasers, Cell Membranes, and the Basis of Life Being a chemist doesn't have to mean giving up on biology and physics. Mark Wallace, Matt Baker 19 Jul 2013
54 Patent Law Dr John Fisher (Oriel College, 2001), talks about his role as a patent attorney, and offers advice for students who are considering a similar career. It's all about advocacy! John Fisher 17 Jul 2013
55 Science Journalism Laura Howes (Merton, 2001), a science correspondent for Chemistry World, talks about the ins and out of science journalism in general, and her path to a career with the Royal Society of Chemistry. Laura Howes 17 Jul 2013
56 Science Communication at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden Dr Alison Foster (Jesus College), Senior Curator at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, talks about her journey from industrial pharmaceutical chemistry research to her current role in horticulture, and offers some tips for major career transitions. Alison Foster 17 Jul 2013
57 Industry research and management at Infineum Dr Martin-Dare Edwards (University College, 1974), Project Director for Infineum UK, talks about transitioning from research to management roles within the chemical industry. Martin-Dare Edwards 17 Jul 2013
58 Part 3 - My path to academic success - Asel Sartbaeva Dr Asel Sartbaeval, a Lecturer at the University of Bath, discusses her path from Kyrgyzstan to Oxford and beyond, and offers some advice on balancing career success with family and relationships. Asel Sartbaeva 17 Jul 2013
59 Part 2 - My path to academic success - Ed Anderson Dr Ed Anderson, a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford gives an overview of his current role, and advice on issues he encountered along the way, including the benefits of a post doctoral position in the USA. Ed Anderson 17 Jul 2013
60 Part 1 - My path to academic success - Alison Parkin Dr Alison Parkin, who has just started her own lab group at the University of York, talks about taking career development step by step, and the importance of both research and teaching in academic careers. Alison Parkin 17 Jul 2013
61 What has chemistry ever done for me? Or, how did I get here? Professor Lesley Yellowlees, the first female President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, talks about the choices she had to make in order to obtain her two dream jobs (and hold them at the same time). Lesley Yellowlees 17 Jul 2013
62 Rogue planet Oxford Sparks presents a journey around the planets. Find out more and read about the science behind the animation at www.oxfordsparks.net/planet. Chris Lintott 15 Apr 2013
63 Towards absolute zero - a low temperature journey Oxford sparks presents a ride to the land of the extremely cold. Find out more, and read the science behind the animation at www.oxfordsparks.net/animations/coldchem. Tim Softley 15 Apr 2013
64 Creative Commons Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry at Oxford: a guide for prospective undergraduate students This light-hearted talk gives you the chance to hear three admissions tutors discuss what you can expect from their courses, and what the tutors are looking for when they select students. Martin Speight, Mark Wormald, Nick Green 04 Mar 2013
65 Creative Commons 21. Thank you and goodbye Thank you for exploring the Botanic Garden with our group of plant loving chemists. Alison Foster 18 Oct 2012
66 Sir Humphry Davy: Natural Philosopher, Discoverer, Inventor, Poet, Man of Action When St Catherine's College was first being envisaged, creating an undergraduate body with an equal number of science and arts students was at the forefront of our Founder's minds. John Meurig Thomas 05 Oct 2012
67 Creative Commons The Chemistry Show Join Dr Malcolm Stewart and Dr Fabrice Birembaut to find out just how much fun chemistry can be. Young, or not so young, you'll be entertained and educated by the sort of chemistry you never get to see at school: baffling, tantalising and LOUD! Malcolm Stewart, Fabrice Birembaut 03 Feb 2012
68 Creative Commons Manipulating plant genes - how do you actually do it? We often hear in the news about GM (Genetic Modification or Manipulation) but what does it actually involve? Liam Dolan 10 Jan 2012
69 Creative Commons Plants in a chemical world Plants are able to metabolise a surprisingly diverse range of synthetic chemicals including pesticides and pollutants. Rob Edwards 09 Jan 2012
70 Molecular Gastronomy is Not Molecular Cooking: A Demonstration: Part 2 Second part of the Molecular Gastronomy is Not Molecular Cooking: A Demonstration special lecture, combining chemistry with cooking. With leading chemist Professor Hervé This and top chef Raymond Blanc OBE. Hervé This, Raymond Blanc 22 Dec 2010
71 Molecular Gastronomy is Not Molecular Cooking: A Demonstration: Part 1 First part of a special Christmas event, with Professor Hervé This; Physical Chemist in the Molecular Gastronomy Group at the Chemistry Laboratory of AgroParisTech and Raymond Blanc OBE; renowned chef and owner of Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons. Hervé This, Raymond Blanc 22 Dec 2010
72 Christmas Chemistry Show 2010 Join chemists Dr Hugh Cartwright and Dr Malcolm Stewart at Oxford University and find out just how much fun chemistry can be. You will be entertained and educated by the sort of chemistry you never get to see at school, baffling, tantalising and LOUD. Hugh Cartwright, Malcolm Stewart 18 Dec 2010
73 Chemistry Information Day Talk A talk about Chemistry, studying at Oxford, the course, admissions and Oxford interviews. Nick Green 19 Sep 2008
74 Electrochemistry Research Professor Richard Compton talks about his research interests, plans and spin-out companies. Richard Compton 17 Sep 2008
75 From Solomon to Marangoni: Surface Tension Effects in Chemistry Dr. Colin Bain lectures at the Sutton Trust Chemistry Summer School, a week long workshop featuring chemistry lectures and lab work. Colin Bain 02 May 2008
76 Animal Magnetism Prof. Peter Hore lectures at the Sutton Trust Chemistry Summer School, a week long workshop featuring chemistry lectures and lab work. Peter Hore 02 May 2008
77 Computer Aided Drug Design Prof. Graham Richards lectures at the Sutton Trust Chemistry Summer School, a week long workshop featuring chemistry lectures and lab work. Graham Richards 24 Apr 2008
78 Entertaining Chemistry Dr. Hugh Cartwright gives his chemistry demonstrations at the Sutton Trust Chemistry Summer School, a week long workshop featuring chemistry lectures and lab work. Hugh Cartwright 22 Apr 2008