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Chemistry for the Future: Incredible Machines

It was here in Oxford, in the 1600s, that great minds such as Hooke, Boyle, Willis and Wren laid the foundations of modern experimental science. Like their famous forebears, today’s Oxford scientists continue to undertake world-leading research: making fundamental new discoveries and applying cutting-edge knowledge to the major societal and technological challenges of the day. The research happening right now in the Department of Chemistry is uniquely poised to have a major impact on everything from our health to our energy sources – in other words, it is enabling our shared future. To read more about our research, please visit http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/researchthemes.asp.
Not all chemistry takes place in test tubes. This series focuses on the amazing machines, from hand-blown glass to ultracold molecular beams, used by Oxford chemists every single day.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Incredible Machines: Introduction Dr Ashley Shepherd introduces the extraordinary machines used by Oxford chemists, and tells us about her work as a surface analyst. Ashley Shepherd 19 Jun 2014
2 The Stark Decelerator & ultracold chemistry The Stark Decelerator was built from scratch in the basement of the Chemistry Department. Dr Brianna Heazelwood shows how this incredible device is used to study molecules. Brianna Heazlewood 19 Jun 2014
3 The Zeeman Decelerator and ultracold chemistry The Zeeman Deceleator is used to do ‘ultracold chemistry’ – slowing down molecules in order to study reactions. Katrin Dulitz shows off her amazing machine. Katrin Dulitz 19 Jun 2014
4 Inside NMR Spectroscopy Dr Tim Claridge takes apart an NMR machine to show us how this technique is used in research with application in human health and beyond. Tim Claridge 19 Jun 2014
5 Glassblowing: a beautiful, crucial, trade Watch glassblower Terri Adams in action as she creates scientific tools from the flames. Terri Adams 19 Jun 2014
6 X-Ray crystallography: revealing the shape of molecules Dr Richard Cooper on x-ray crystallography - an incredibly powerful technique for determining the 3D structure of crystals. Richard Cooper 23 Jun 2014
7 Mass spectrometry: how does it work, and why should you care? From cutting-edge cancer research to sustainable fish farming, Dr James McCullagh explains the importance of mass spectrometry. James McCullagh 19 Jun 2014
8 Incredible Machines: Conclusion Dr Ashley Shepherd concludes the Incredible Machines series by explaining what makes her the most excited about working as a scientist in the Department of Chemistry. Ashley Shepherd 19 Jun 2014