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St. Patrick’s Day fun continues for NIU Chemistry Club

March 24, 2014

chemdemo14-xThe NIU Chemistry Club invites the public to its spring 2014 chemistry demo night at 7 p.m., Friday, March 28, in Faraday Hall 143.

The theme of the night will be “green chemistry,” in post-celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, featuring chemistry with fire, colorful reactions and creative changes and effects.

“This semester’s chem-demo night will display the magical qualities of chemistry,” says Marquis Stephenson, Chem Demo coordinator. “I’m sure the night will be one to awe and amaze–we’re putting on a show to remember.”

Faculty advisers helping with this semester’s demo preparations include David Ballantine, Oliver Hofstetter, Lee Sunderlin and Chong Zheng.

“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 this event and look forward to putting on an exciting show for the community.”

NIU Chem Demo NightThis semester’s demonstrations include levitating magnets, colored fire, making gold pennies, color-changing bottles and making solid water. The evening also will feature a Chem Club specialty – liquid nitrogen ice cream.

The experiments for the evening will include loud bangs, bright flashes of light, fire and heat, 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, email [email protected].