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Al Hazari, professor of chemistry, conducts experiments at the Join the Journey kick-off event on September 22, 2017, at the Knoxville Convention Center. Photo by Steven Bridges

The 31st annual National Chemistry Week kicked off on October 21, and UT is hosting a series of events to celebrate it through October 27.

National Chemistry Week is organized every year by the American Chemical Society to promote the value of chemistry in everyday life. The theme for this year’s is “Chemistry Is Out of This World.”

Al Hazari, retired director of labs and lecturer in chemistry, is coordinating UT’s celebrations, including his popular Magic of Chemistry show, an hour-long demonstration of the exciting possibilities of everyday chemical processes.

“The show is for everybody between the ages of two and 102,” Hazari said. “I want to help people connect scientific concepts with real life.”

The 28th annual Magic of Chemistry show will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, in 555 Dabney-Buehler Hall. Admission is free and no reservations are necessary. Free parking will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. in the 11th Street–White Avenue Garage.

In addition, Tuesday, October 23, the Office of Undergraduate Research, in conjunction with student ACS members, will be celebrating National Mole Day. The designation is a reference to the basic measuring unit in chemistry, the mole, also known as Avogadro’s number. Activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the HSS Amphitheatre.

UT students are also invited to attend the seminar Voyage to Mars: Red Planet Chemistry, organized by Pellissippi State Community College. It will be held at 6:45 p.m. on October 23 in the cafeteria annex at PSCC’s Hardin Valley campus. Snacks will be provided.

To find out more about Hazari’s Magic of Chemistry show and the National Chemistry Week celebrations, watch his most recent appearance on WBIR-TV 10’s “Live at 5 at 4.”


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