Category Archives: green champions

Going green and saving money

This blog is nothing more than the very occasional rant but it has, it seems, attracted a little attention. Enough anyway that my friends at Chemistry World have just featured our Department and our collaborators at eeCO2 Energy in an … Continue reading

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Classic Kit Number Seventy Something: Lichtenberg’s Figures

I have to tell you that I’ve been thinking about printers of late. I know. This risks being one of the most boring posts of all time, but humour me and read on. I’ve been thinking of printers in part … Continue reading

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Why do we wear disposable gloves in Chemistry labs?

Do you wear disposable gloves in the lab? Our undergraduates wear them even when building spectroscopes out of cardboard boxes and sticky tape, let alone handling solutions. Our graduate students, working in the research labs use them all the time … Continue reading

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UCL Chemistry water flow update – ups and downs

Annoyingly I pressed publish accidentally so an incomplete version may have been posted out to the few subscribers I have – apologies for wasting your time. Time for an update on the water flow situation in our Department. In case … Continue reading

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And the water flows on…..

Through the autumn and winter I wrote several times about our Department’s water use and our attempts to get a handle on where the water was going and then to find ways to stem the flow.  As I haven’t written … Continue reading

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And yet it flows…..

Christmas is in the air. Temperatures are dropping again. And we are only days away from the Departmental Christmas shut down. To my surprise, it didn’t prove too hard to get agreement to ensure that every single experiment in the … Continue reading

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Is Idealism dead?

Start of the academic year. Time for me to give my annual lecture on lab safety. As the person in the department who, I suspect, has done himself more damage doing chemistry or chemistry-related activities, I was fingered a couple … Continue reading

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