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NIU Chemistry Club expects strong reactions April 5 during night of explosive demostrations

March 29, 2013

NIU Chem Club demonstrationThe NIU Chemistry Club invites the public to its spring 2013 chemistry demo night at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, in Faraday Hall 143.

The theme of the night will be “When Chemistry Goes BOOM!”

“What do we have in store for our audience? Fire, explosions and colorful reactions,” says Sara Billinstein, Chem Demo coordinator. “This semester’s chem demo night will feature the best aspects of chemistry. We’ve pulled out all the stops to make sure the night is one to remember.”

Faculty advisers helping with this year’s demo preparations include Timothy Hagen, Narayan Hosmane, Lee Sunderlin and Chong Zheng.

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

Featured demonstrations include exploding bubbles, colored fire, making glow sticks, alcohol rockets and candy on fire. The evening will feature a chem club specialty – liquid nitrogen ice cream – and a cool take-home science gift.

The experiments planned for the evening will include loud bangs, bright flashes of light and intermittent periods of low light and/or darkness. For safety precautions, members of the audience are asked to not sit in the bottom row of seating in Faraday Hall 143.

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 first floor of the parking deck will be available for general parking after 6 p.m., except for reserved and handicapped spaces.

For more information, e-mail [email protected] or visit the Chemistry Club demonstration website.