Cancelled: Explosives: The past, present and future

2 March 2017 13:45-15:00, Wrexham, United Kingdom

Wrexham Glyndwr University are pleased to welcome Professor Jackie Akhavan (Professor of Explosives Chemistry at Cranfield University)  for this public lecture.​ 

Explosives have been part of our lives for many years with the first recording of an explosive powder being used in China in 220BC. In the 13th Century Roger Bacon experimented with explosives by making black powder and by the end of the 13th Century explosives were being used by many European countries.   Nowadays explosives are part of our everyday life; they are in airbags, ejector seats and fireworks as well as propulsion for space shuttles, demolition aids and under water cutting charges for off-shore gas lines. 
Professor Jackie Akhavan introduces the various types of explosions and explains the conditions under which a chemical reaction becomes an explosive.  She explores the inputs to initiate the explosive and the subsequent outputs.  In looking at the past she covers explosive mixtures and then introduces the concept of molecular explosives which are used today.   Looking into the future she highlights current research activities. 

The lecture will take place at 2 p.m., tea and coffee will be provided from 1:45 p.m

The event will take place at the Wrexham Campus, (lecture theatre TBC.) Parking is available but please allow time to find a space. For visitors arriving by train, Wrexham General station is a 10 minute walk from the campus.

Please register your interest or direct any enquiries to  Dr Ian Ratcliffe:

Directions may be downloaded by following the link
Wrexham Glyndwr University

TBC, Wrexham Glyndwr University, Plas Coch Campus, Mold Road, Wrexham, Wrexham, LL11 2AW, United Kingdom

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This event is sponsored by the North Wales Section of The Royal Society of Chemistry
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