Prestigious Christmas TV lectures to feature University of Leicester chemist

Posted by uatemp13 at Dec 21, 2012 10:50 AM |
Professor Eric Hope will lend his expertise on Fluorine to the Royal Institution’s longstanding Christmas lecture series
Prestigious Christmas TV lectures to feature University of Leicester chemist

Professor Eric Hope (right) and Dr Peter Wothers record one of this year's Royal Institution Christmas lectures. Image credit: Tim Mitchell

The Royal Institution’s Christmas lecture series is one of the longest-running science fixtures on TV – and this year Professor Eric Hope of our Department of Chemistry is set to feature.

This year’s series is called ‘The Modern Alchemist’ and will be broadcast on BBC Four at 8pm on 26, 27 and 28 December.

Prof Hope, an expert in Fluorine, the most reactive non-metal on the Periodic Table, will help main lecturer Dr Peter Wothers demonstrate the reaction of fluorine with the most reactive alkali metal caesium.

The Christmas lectures were started by Michael Faraday in 1825, and first broadcast by the BBC in 1966. You can catch Professor Hope on BBC Four at 8pm on December 27.

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