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Who is OU Alchemy for?

Our soci­ety is for any­one who has an interest in chem­istry, is study­ing chem­istry, is con­sid­er­ing study­ing it, has ever stud­ied it or who teaches it. Yes, it’s also for those people who’re obliged to study it but aren’t too fond of it – we’re here to help (and we hope we might con­vert you!)

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Inter­ested in teaching?

Any­one com­ing up to the end of their degree and con­sid­er­ing teaching?

You may be inter­ested in the Teach First Insight pro­gramme, which gives a taster of what to expect. Here’s the link: http://​gradu​ates​.teach​first​.org​.uk/​r​e​c​r​u​i​t​m​e​n​t​/​u​n​d​e​r​g​r​a​d​u​a​t​e​-​o​p​p​o​r​t​u​n​i​t​i​e​s​/​i​n​s​i​g​h​t​.html

But move fast! Applic­a­tions have to be in by 26th January

Xenon reacts with ice!

OK, xenon won’t be react­ing with the ice in your freezer. But appar­ently, if you ramp up the tem­per­at­ure and pres­sure enough, then it reacts to form a crys­tal­line com­pound with unit cell con­tain­ing Xe4O12H12. Suit­able con­di­tions for this occur inside plan­ets like Uranus and Neptune.

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OU Alchemy vis­its Milton Keynes

OU Alchemy is organ­ising a visit to the Open Uni­ver­sity HQ in Milton Keynes on Sat­urday, 25th Janu­ary 2014. We are plan­ning to meet at 11.00am, have a tour of the cam­pus and a visit to the Chem­istry Depart­ment, where we are going to meet some mem­bers of staff. We intend to go into town for some food/​coffee/​drinks after­wards. If you would like to spend more time with us, we’re plan­ning an overnight stay in a hotel close to the city centre. For Sunday, we’re look­ing at vis­it­ing Bletch­ley Park, the home of the WW2 codebreakers.

If you are inter­ested, you can let us know here:

- the event on Face­book in the OU Alchemy Group (you need to join the group first)

- OUSA Alchemy Forum

- by send­ing an email to This e-​mail address is being pro­tec­ted from spam­bots. You need JavaS­cript enabled to view it.

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