Faces of Chemistry - Women in Chemistry


Follow the adventures of eight leading women in chemistry and celebrate the common element that catalysed their journeys: a life-changing, chance-taking, thrill-seeking love of science. Courtesy of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Women in Chemistry series.

Type of Activity

group work, working independently



Age Group

14 to Postgraduate
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Paula Hammond creates technologies so small that you can’t see them with most microscopes—that is, until they save a soldier’s life on the battlefield, or illuminate light bulbs using stored solar power. She’s found polymers that increase the amount of power held by solar cells, and created materials that re-organise their own molecules.