Chemistry Day at the Mall: Molecular MANIA!!

“On Saturday October 23rd, the Center for Catalysis hosted the 5th annual Halloween Molecular Mania at the Oaks Mall. A group of graduate and undergraduate students led by Prof. Adam Veige conducted experiments for mall patrons from 10am to 2pm in the Dillards court area. The experiments were designed to teach students about fundamental aspects of chemistry such as vapor pressure, polymerization, crystallization, and the different states of matter. Over 600 children, teachers, and parents participated in the event. Students Michelle Jurcak and Andrew Powers organized the event, which was supported by the National Science Foundation, the ACS-Florida Section, the Chemistry Department, and the UF Center for Catalysis.”

Chemistry Day at the Mall: Molecular MANIA!!

“On Saturday October 23rd, the Center for Catalysis hosted the 5th annual Halloween Molecular Mania at the Oaks Mall. A group of graduate and undergraduate students led by Prof. Adam Veige conducted experiments for mall patrons from 10am to 2pm in the Dillards court area. The experiments were designed to teach students about fundamental aspects of chemistry such as vapor pressure, polymerization, crystallization, and the different states of matter. Over 600 children, teachers, and parents participated in the event. Students Michelle Jurcak and Andrew Powers organized the event, which was supported by the National Science Foundation, the ACS-Florida Section, the Chemistry Department, and the UF Center for Catalysis.”

Cover of Green Chemistry Highlights Polymer Publication

“A publication about PET mimics by Professor Stephen A. Miller has been published in the journal Green Chemistry. The thermal properties (glass transition temperature, melting temperature, and degradation temperature) of the common thermoplastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET, found in water bottles) have been matched with a polymer that can derive from biorenewable materials lignin and acetic acid. The paper has also been noted in Highlights in Chemical Science (Wood mimics packaging polymer).”

Cover of Green Chemistry Highlights Polymer Publication

“A publication about PET mimics by Professor Stephen A. Miller has been published in the journal Green Chemistry. The thermal properties (glass transition temperature, melting temperature, and degradation temperature) of the common thermoplastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET, found in water bottles) have been matched with a polymer that can derive from biorenewable materials lignin and acetic acid. The paper has also been noted in Highlights in Chemical Science (Wood mimics packaging polymer).”