Minor Academy of Sciences will help the French to organize the “chemical tour” around Ukraine

Do you remember when you saw the chemical experiments for the last time? Or when did you carry out them yourself? Apparently, one might remember only school lessons. But residents of six Ukrainian cities got a great opportunity to contrive. You only have to visit exhibition organized by the French Embassy in Ukraine, the French Cultural Centre in Ukraine in cooperation with the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and National Center of Minor Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. These educational activities are part of “Chemistry in the service of society”, organized within the Vth National Ukrainian Festival of Science and the International Year of Chemistry.

In May and June the exhibition will be exposed in Rivne, Lviv, Odessa, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Sumy, accompanied by representatives of the territorial offices of Minor Academy of Sciences. By the way, employees of MAoS have recently became participants the workshop, which was held  by the head of the Center for Scientific Culture of Orleans, the curator of the department at the Center for Scientific, Technical and Industrial Culture in Paris Francis Hoezell . They gained both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in conducting the research.

“Everything is chemistry” is the name of an exhibition devoted to “behavior” diversity and flexibility of various chemical elements, transformation of materials. It emphasizes on the contribution of chemistry in various spheres of our daily life. The exhibition consists of 12 experiments, which will help to understand the mechanisms and principles of some chemical processes. Among the exhibits there are liquids with a non-level density; solutions that changing colors, artificial smell, which, depending on the concentration, resembles more like cloves or cinnamon; flexible “tempered” glass, bubbles with fanciful forms, pigments and resins, which glow in the ultraviolet rays …

Another thematic exhibition presents Curie Museum to mark the Centennial of the date of Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize award in chemistry. Visitors will pass through the life of this extraordinary woman. Marie Curie discovered two new radioactive chemical elements together with Pierre Curie, became the first woman lecturer at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the Sorbonne, and twice – in 1903 and 1911 – received the Nobel Prize.

Visitors of the exhibition have an opportunity to watch the series of the documentary educational movies  “Such an interesting chemistry”. Among the movies there are “Hydrogen is the wheel ” (the introduction to hydrogen energy as an alternative to modern fuels), “Clay “(secret process of clueing – from the history of the invention to the mechanisms of action),”History of Polymers “(Applied use of polymers in biomedicine), “Gerard Ferey – gold chemist”, “Truth in glass”, “Molecular Gastronomy”, “Secret Art”, “Carbon Nanotubes”. Movies will be presented at the National Center for Scientific Research of France.

These exhibitions and films have been shown recently in the capital of Ukraine.  Meanwhile, residents of Kiev and other cities were able to visit the popular science lecturers of outstanding French scientists. The subject of lectures of Regional Director of National Center for Scientific Research of France (CNRS) in Moscow Vladimir Mayer was the cooperation of National Center for Scientific Research of France Laboratories with Ukrainian chemistry laboratories. The lecture was about the cooperation in the fields of molecular, supramolecular chemistry, biochemistry and chemistry of polymers.

Nature created extremely complex biological systems that contain thousands of different molecules and each molecule accurately finds its partner. What is the secret of molecular mutual understanding?  How can knowledge about the interaction of molecules be used to create new materials or medicine? These questions, which focus on supramolecular chemistry and chemical science, were asked by the director of the Laboratory of the University of Strasbourg Alexander Varnek.

Vladimir Mayer and Alexander Varnek, also visited Odessa.

A lecture of scientist of the National scientific natural museum of France Christophe Lavelle “Molecular Gastronomy” was eagerly listened in Lviv. It was designed for gourmets: for example, the lecturer made the ice cream with bacon and eggs, jelly with lavender, oysters with fruit puree and lemon jelly. Students learned about the role of chemistry in modern culinary arts: from quality of ingredients to taste physiology of the process of nutrition.

The lecture of Doctor of Earth Sciences and professor of the University of Bordeaux 1 Philippe Le Coustumer  “Environmental Chemistry: nanomaterials in the natural environment” (held in Kyiv and Rivne) presented the chemistry studies conducted in France, Ukraine and Argentina. It explained the role of nanoparticles in the transport, diffusion and absorption of micro-pollutants of natural water.

In fact today along with negative phenomena such as pollution and toxicity, there is the word “chemistry”. Is this fair? A world without chemistry will certainly be less polluted, but if chemists stop working, we will have to live without medication, hygiene products, bicycles and cars, without paper and ink, without synthetic substances and, consequently, without phone, computer, movies … This list is endless. Hence the idea appeares to combine both approaches: to keep all the profit, which is given to us by the Chemistry and try to reduce or even remove all the damage which it may cause. The tips how to do that were explained by Honorary Professor of the University of Paul Sabatier Toulouse and Doctor of the Taras Shevchenko Kiev National University Arman Latte “From Alchemy to green chemistry.”

In addition, during the project one could attend the movie “The scientific laurels of Mr. Schulz” by Claude Pinato. The film is about the acquaintance of scientist Pierre Curie to student Marie Curie, their joint work, scientific discoveries and great love.
by Tatyana Aleksandrova

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