New Year and fireworks. Pop! Bang! Whooo! Boom! We love them. These are the sounds of celebration. Although the basic recipe and techniques used in preparing the black powder (gun powder) in modern-day fireworks is the same as it was 500 years ago, advances in chemistry have allowed us to create spectacular displays we enjoy today. Join our speaker, Chris Mocella as he describes the delicate chemistry that brings loud sounds and brilliant colorful images to welcome your new year. Just don’t try this at home!
“Welcoming 2012: The Chemistry of Fireworks” A short presentation followed by Q&A with speaker Dr. Chris Mocella, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Laboratories.
What You Will Learn
- The basic “re-dox” principles in pyrotechnic reactions
- Chemical ingredients in fireworks
- Putting fireworks together and igniting them
- Special effects: color generation and “stars”
- And much more…
Date: Thursday, December 8, 2011
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Meet Your Experts
Chris Mocella began working with Dr. John Conkling as an undergraduate research associate while pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Washington College in Chestertown, MD, with a focus on energetic materials and pyrotechnics. Chris continued working with the Summer Pyrotechnic Seminar series while attending the University of Virginia for graduate school in organometallic chemistry. He is now a tenured chemist with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Laboratories. Most recently, Chris was co-author on the second addition of Dr. Conkling’s The Chemistry of Pyrotechnics book.
Prof. Maynard is a leading authority on the responsible development and use of emerging technologies. His research interests span identifying, assessing and managing emergent risks, to exploring innovative solutions to established and emerging human health and environmental risks, to equipping people with the tools they need to make informed decisions in the face of risk and uncertainty. Prof. Maynard is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Challenges of Emerging Technologies, serves on numerous review and advisory panels around the world, and has testified on a number of occasions before U.S. Congressional committees. He appears frequently in print and on television and radio, and writes regularly on science and society at http://2020science.org/
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