‘Fragrance Chemistry’ – A Lecture-Demonstration

'Fragrance (Perfume) Chemistry’ is a lecture-demonstration given by Tim Harrison of the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol.

Mr Tim Harrison The lecture covers

The lecture also has some demonstrations of gas production using liquid nitrogen and dry ice, explores the difference between mixing and a chemical reaction, as well as showing the dangers of an alcohol explosion. Several volatile organic molecules are smelt by the audience during the talk.

The lecture demonstration is 50 to 60 minutes long depending on the age of the audience and has been presented to members of the wider community, including parents and visually impaired people, in addition to primary and secondary students.
During the last six years (from January 2011) lecture venues have included Trinity College Dublin, Wuhan University (Central China), Malta, France, Singapore, South Africa and Spain.  

A Powerpint presentation is available here


There is a charge made for this lecture to cover the costs of transport, disposables, technician time and subsistence. The lecture may be given up to 4 times per day and different age variations are available.
For further information, please contact t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk


To deliver the lecture we normally need:

The nearest person to the demonstration should not be closer than 3 m.

Notes on the Speakers

Tim HarrisonTim Harrison is the first School Teacher Fellow at Bristol ChemLabS. He is also the Science Communicator in Residence and Director of Outreach.
Prior to this he has been a Head of Chemistry and Science College Director. Tim has taught chemistry for 25 years and his work is mainly in the promotion of chemistry. Tim won the Secondary Education Teaching Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2005 and the 2007 Engagement Award for the Faculty of Science at the University of Bristol. In March 2010 Tim was awarded an inaugural Hawksbee Award from the Royal Society.


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