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27 June 2007 PR 07/90

Loughborough academics invited to Royal Society exhibition

Loughborough University academics have been invited to showcase their work on the chemistry behind colours at a prestigious London exhibition.

An interactive information stand by staff from the University’s Department of Chemistry – in partnership with colleagues from the University of Southampton – has been selected to go on display at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.

The annual exhibition is free and open to the public and will take place from 2 – 5 July. Presenting the best of UK science, engineering and technology, this year the event will feature 23 exhibits and is expected to attract more than 4,000 visitors.

The Loughborough stand will include current research work from the Chemistry Department and the University of Southampton, along with hands-on exhibits of pigments in action. It will also feature information about Loughborough’s ‘Creating a Colourful Life’ project, an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded initiative aimed at raising public awareness of colour and coloured materials. Information about thermochromic, photochromic and IR reflecting pigments will be on display, as well as details on the use of colour in bank notes and cosmetics.

Russell Mayes, who is based in Loughborough’s Department of Chemistry, said: “A world without coloured materials would be very dull indeed - we like to be able to choose the colour of our car, of our cosmetics and of the paint to decorate our homes. The range of coloured materials we use has been developed over many centuries, initially from natural minerals but more recently by the ingenuity of the chemist. The development of colour continues with the need for better, more intense colours, environmentally friendly materials and new speciality pigments that can, for example, change colour.

“The aim of this project is engage public interest in coloured materials and help people to better understand how colours are developed and made. We are delighted that this work has been selected to go on display at the Royal Society Exhibition and look forward to showcasing it to the many visitors at the event.”

The exhibition is taking place at the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London.

Loughborough is also hosting a number of Creating a Colourful Life hands-on community events at the campus. Over the summer there are two events, the first is on Wednesday 8 August and the second is on Saturday 18 August. For further information email r.j.mayes@lboro.ac.uk


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  1. Exhibition opening times:
    Monday 2 July 6pm – 9pm (late opening
    Tuesday 3 July 10am –9pm (late opening)
    Wednesday 4 July 10am – 4.30pm
    Thursday 5 July 10am – 4.30pm
    Last entry 30 minutes before closing
  2. The Royal Society can be found at 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG.
    Nearest tubes are Piccadilly Circus or Charing Cross.
  3. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training f acilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2006 National Student Survey, the University gained a top five place, with nine out of Loughborough’s 23 departments topping their subject tables. Loughborough was also placed 6th in the 2007 Times Good University Guide and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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