Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

Learning from Nature at the Curiosity Carnival 2017

Learning from Nature at the Curiosity Carnival 2017

Members of the Vincent group brought their research to Oxford’s Curiosity Carnival on Friday September 29th. Part of European Researcher’s Night, the first-ever Curiosity Carnival was designed to explain research through fun, interactive learning, providing a unique opportunity to meet scientists, ask questions and discover how research affects and changes all our lives. Visitors to the Vincent group stand enjoyed games and demonstrations (including foam explosions!) illustrating how chemists learn from nature, and how chemists can intensify nature to make the everyday chemicals we all need, on the scale that we need them. The HydRegen project in the Vincent group is developing new ways to harness enzymes for producing complex chemicals that are hard to synthesise in the laboratory and to provide more sustainable methods for making the essential chemicals we rely on every day. more........