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

October 9, 2009

Celebrate the elements with NIU Chemistry
during National Chemistry Week

DeKalb, Ill. — The Northern Illinois University Chemistry Club invites the public to celebrate National Chemistry Week with an evening of chemistry demonstrations beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Faraday Hall 143. This year’s theme is “Chemistry – It’s Elemental!”

“Since the theme deals with the ‘elemental’ nature of chemistry, we have selected demos that involve reactions of elements,” says Professor David Ballantine, faculty adviser for the Chem Club.

“Some of the more dramatic elemental reactions involve the thermite reaction, the reaction of white phosphorus with air, potassium with water and combustion of magnesium with carbon dioxide,” he adds.

The evening will conclude with an always crowd-pleasing demo – the making of liquid nitrogen ice cream.

Some of the experiments planned for the evening might involve loud noises and produce smoke and/or unpleasant smells and might be inappropriate for small children. To ensure the safety of the audience and presenters, flash photography will be prohibited. For some experiments, audience members might 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.

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