Northern Illinois University

NIU Office of Public Affairs

News Release

Contact: David Ballantine, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
(815) 753-6857

October 16, 2007

NIU marks National Chemistry Week
with evening of demonstrations

DeKalb, Ill. — The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Northern Illinois University invites the public to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of National Chemistry Week (October 21-27) with an evening of spectacular chemistry demonstrations.

The demonstrations will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Faraday Hall 143. This year’s theme of National Chemistry Week is “The Many Faces of Chemistry,” celebrating the diversity of the discipline and of its practitioners.

Featured experiments will include a demonstration of kinetics, showing how things burn explosively when particle sizes are very small. Another demonstration will illustrate how nitrate cellulose burns without residue. The evening will conclude with the ever-popular making of ice cream with liquid nitrogen.

Some of the experiments planned for the evening may involve loud noises and produce some smoke and/or unpleasant smells and might not be appropriate for small children.

To ensure the safety of the audience and the presenters, flash photography will not be permitted. For some experiments, members of the audience may be asked to move away from the demonstration area, again for safety precautions.

Parking will be available in the NIU Parking Deck along the west side of Normal Road, about one block north of Lincoln Highway (Route 38). The Parking Deck is open for general parking after 7 p.m., except for reserved and handicapped spaces.