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NIU chemistry demo night goes Hollywood

April 18, 2012

NIU Chem Club demonstrationThe Northern Illinois University Chemistry Club invites the public to its Spring 2012 Chem Demo Night at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in Faraday Hall 143.

With another school year almost done, the NIU Chem Club will host a movie-themed night of chemical demonstrations.

“The NIU Chem Club is sitting in the director’s chair this semester and calling lights, camera, action … to bring the community a Hollywood-themed chem demo night,” Chem Club President John Price says.

Faculty advisers helping with this semester’s demo preparations include Marc Adler, Jon Carnahan, James Horn, Victor Ryzhov, Lee Sunderlin and Chong Zheng.

“The chem demo night is a great tradition in our department,” says Professor Carnahan, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. “We are excited to showcase our own special effects for the audience, so we hope everyone comes out to enjoy the show.”

Featured “special effects” will include Rainbow Flames, Cold Fire, Glowing Paint and a Flaming Tornado. 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 may 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 6 p.m., except for reserved and handicapped spaces.

For more information, email [email protected].