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NIU Chemistry Club to host ‘spooktacular night’ of chemistry tricks, treats, ice cream Oct. 26

October 18, 2011
A demonstration of dragon's breath.

A demonstration of dragon's breath.

The Northern Illinois University Chemistry Club invites the public to its fall 2011 chem demo night at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in Faraday Hall 143.

With Halloween just around the corner, the NIU Chem Club will host a “spooktacular night” of chemical demonstrations.

“The NIU Chem Club has put on their mad scientist hats this semester to bring the community a Halloween-themed chem demo night,” Chem Club President John Price says.  “And, with a few tricks up our sleeves, an audience of all ages will be in for a treat!”

Faculty advisers helping with this year’s demo preparations include Marc Adler, James Horn, Victor Ryzhov and Lee Sunderlin.

“The chem demo night is a great tradition in our department,” says Jon Carnahan, chair of the Chemistry Department. “We are proud of our chemistry students for organizing the event and look forward to putting on an exciting show for the community.”

Featured “tricks” will include a flaming vapor trough, dry ice witch hunt, gun cotton and a simulation of dragon’s breath. Of course, the night will be topped off with a crowd pleasing “treat” – the making of liquid nitrogen ice cream.

Some of the experiments planned for the evening may involve loud noises and produce some smoke and/or unpleasant smells and might not be appropriate for small children. For some experiments, members of the audience might be asked to move away from the demonstration area, again for safety precautions.

Parking will be available in the NIU Parking Deck along the west side of Normal Road, about one block north of Lincoln Highway (Route 38). The Parking Deck is open for general parking after 7 p.m., except for reserved and handicapped spaces.

For more information, email [email protected].