This page will eventually gather non-academic stuff I’ve done or been involved in. What’s here is very incomplete.
A few video clips
The chemical reaction that can’t make up its mind – RI Channel 2016
Feynman’s Building Blocks – the first law of thermodynamics – RI Channel 2016
Hypergolic fuels – scary stuff especially when you’ve lost your voice (Royal Institution videos) – RI Channel 2015
My Royal Institute Friday Evening Discourse, Terra Rara, June 2013.
The Barking Dog with the BBC’s Genius of Invention.A little video homage to glassblowers and to the lanthanides (with thanks to UCL glassblower John Cowley and to Ed Prosser who made the film).
From urine to the philosophers’ stone (from Story of Science, with Michael Mosley)
Lab Report: Eggs, Golfballs and Poetry (thanks to Alom Shaha)
A short film about gold (for Wellcome Collection).
A short film about tin (for Wellcome Collection)
A short film about copper (for Wellcome Collection)
A short film about iodine (for Wellcome Collection)
A short film about silver (for Wellcome Collection)
A short film about mercury (for Wellcome Collection)
A short film about oxygen (for Wellcome Collection)
The Science of White (thanks to Alom Shaha).
Treasures of the Earth – Gems (Nova) – 2016
Treasures of the Earth – Metals (Nova) – 2016
Television and Radio
- The Science of Dr Seuss – with Robin Ince, BBC Radio 4.
- My Family and Other Ibex – a story about photography, family, ibex and little bunches of flowers (First broadcast: September 19th 2014, BBC Radio 4, Producer: Rami Tzabar @SciRad). Accompanying piece: My family and other ibex.
- Urine Trouble – what happens to drugs and pharmaceuticals after they leave our bodies? (First broadcast: September 9th 2014, Radio 4, Producer: Lorna Stewart @StewartLorna) – Accompanying piece: How drugs are entering UK water systems through urine.
- The Elemental Economics Series – BBC World Service Business Daily’s take on the foundations of our world. Presented by Justin Rowlatt (@EthicalMan) and Produced by Laurence Knight (@benagyerek). A continuing project that allows us to think of the elements not just in terms of chemistry but in terms of how the affect every minute of our lives.
- Show us your instrument – The Magnificent NMR Spectrometer. (Inside Science, BBCR4 – producer: Michelle Martin)
- Just So Science: How the Leopard Got its Spots – thanks to Vivienne Parry and Rami Tzabar (@SciRad).
- Order and Disorder (Big Science Series) – thanks to Paul Sen and Nic Stacey (BBC4)
- The Life Scientific interview – thanks to Jim Al-Khalili and producer Geraldine Fitzgerald (BBC Radio 4)
- Artificial Photosynthesis (BBC Radio 4) Producer: Alex Mansfield.
- Spooklights (BBC Radio 4) – Producer: Roland Pease
- Chemistry: A Volatile History (consultant, presented by Jim Al-Khalili)
- Incredible Edibles 1 (with Stefan Gates, Objective Productions)
- Gastronuts 1 and 2 (with Stefan Gates, Objective Productions)
- The Secret Life of Chaos – thanks to Paul Sen and Nic Stacey (BBC4)