Flash, Sound, and Smoke – Advanced Fireworks – The Sequel

Flash, Sound, and Smoke – Advanced Fireworks – The Sequel

Joy of Science Channel: Extreme Chemistry Series


What’s more exciting than watching fireworks explode in a bright cacophony of color after being launched hundreds of feet in to the air? Learning about the chemical process that makes it happen of course!  Join our speaker, Chris Mocella as he directs our eyes to the skies and explains the chemistry that has been used to impress spectators and scare dogs for over a thousand years.



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Flash, Sound, and Smoke – Advanced Fireworks – The Sequel A short presentation followed by Q&A with speaker, Dr. Chris Mocella, Tenured Chemist, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Laboratories.


What You Will Learn

  • Brief review of pyrotechnic principles and reactions
  • Chemical recipes of different pyrotechnic compositions: flares, sparklers, dragon eggs, flash/bang, weeping willows, etc
  • Smoke production formulas and techniques
  • Brief discussion of ignition and sensitivity testing
  • And much more…


Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, June 28, 2012

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Fee: Free


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.


Darren Griffin, PhD is Professor of Genetics at the University of Kent, UK. Previously he was Professor of Genetics at Brunel University. In 2002, he was admitted as a fellow of the Society of Biology and in 2008 he was awarded both a fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists and Doctor of Science from the University of Manchester. He was awarded the Institutional Teaching Prize for his work in supervising graduate students and was recently shortlisted for Research Project of the Year by the Times Higher Education supplement. Dr. Griffin completed his post-doctoral research in Cleveland, Ohio and at The University of Cambridge. He received his PhD at University College London in 1992, graduated from the University of Manchester in 1988.
Previous Webinar on the Chemistry of Fireworks.

Catch up by watching the first webinar in the series that Chris gave last December.

The Fine Print

ACS Webinars™ does not endorse any products or services. The views expressed in this presentation are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the American Chemical Society.



6 Responses to “Flash, Sound, and Smoke – Advanced Fireworks – The Sequel”

  1. Dale Blackburn says:

    Very good getting students interested in science

  2. Olabinri folashade says:

    Interesting, I want to know more

  3. Patrick Bednarski says:

    I’ll show this to my students in the flammephotometry seminar.

  4. Ronald D Archer says:

    I have a meeting which conflict with this Webinar. Will it be available online for persons such as myself. I enjoyed the earlier one.
    Ron A.

  5. admin says:

    Dear Ronald — Welcome back! And yes, please return to the webpage at http://acswebinars.org/mocella2012 in about a week to view the recording and slides. — ACS Webinars

  6. admin says:

    Great Patrick – please let us know how it is received and what discussions took place. We’d love to hear how ACS Webinars are a benefit to students. — ACS Webinars

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