Concepts Carbon and Cutting things up!

Year 7 Scholars enjoyed a fascinating talk by Dr Hill of the Chemistry Department about the chemistry of spheres, in particular the work of Harry Kroto in the generation of Buckminsterfullerene (Carbon 60) in 1984.

Buckyball molecules had been theoretically predicted years before but were now finally realised. Dr Hill used a variety of visual aids to demonstrate various molecular structures and at the end of the lesson gave the students a kit with which to make their own C60 molecules.

The lesson forms part of the Scholars Programme which includes workshops and lectures overseen by our Head of Academic Scholarship, Mr Cavendish.