Interactive energy

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Learn about the process of using solvents to separate materials into their useful components in an interactive performance.


Find out how chemical engineering researchers are splitting wood into its components. The perfomance will introduce you to each of the components; what function they have in wood; how they can be separated out using a novel solvent called ionic liquids; how water can be used to recover one of the components; and what kind of products can be made from the different components. You'll be given some coloured paper balls and asked to get involved by launching these at the researchers, in an interactive exercise to demonstrate the dissolution and reprecipitation of components.