Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies

Emma Sackville at FameLab UK Grand Final in London

Thu Apr 23 15:48:00 BST 2015

20150423-emma-finals-famelabSecond year CSCT student, Emma Sackville, was one of UK's ten brightest stars to go head to head at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London, to compete for the prestigious title of FameLab UK champion. Emma thoroughly enjoyed being part of the competition and her performance was very popular with the judges and the audience. 

Emma was introduced by science journalist and presenter of Radio 4’s Material World, Quentin Cooper, “As a teenager, she was certain that Chemistry is going to save the world, now that she’s marginally older, she is sure it is.”

Emma chose to talk about crystallisation, which is a technique she uses as part of her PhD looking at making catalysts for water splitting and chemical oxidations. She used her love of Disney in her talk, describing Frozen's Princess Elsa as a closet chemist because Elsa has the ability to control crystallisation. Emma also used the Macarena to explain the concept, which was deemed very popular with the audience.

One of the judges, Mark Miodownik, materials scientist, engineer, broadcaster and writer at University College London, eagerly asked Emma, “what other dances are relevant in chemistry?”

Watch Emma’s performance (starting at 1:14:40)

During her performance, Emma was instantly famous on the twitter ground. Some of the tweets below:

Dr Suze Kundu (nanochemist and science presenter): “Having read @emma_sackville's @FameLabUK Final biog, I think it's fair to say that we need to become friends! #FameLabUK #FameLabFinal” “I think I'm a little bit in love with Emma!”

Holly Christie: “The Macarena, Frozen and chemistry. Everything is relevant in @Emma_Sackville 's @FameLabUK talk. Learnt a lot about crystallisation”

Tim Slingsby: “Who knew that you could demonstrate crystallisation with the macarena? @emma_sackville does! Yet another great @famelabuk 2015 talk!”

Jemma Rowlandson: "Through the macarena and frozen I finally understand crystallisation! Genius talk by @Emma_Sackville at the @FameLabUK final :-D #famelab"

After the exhilarating day, Emma said "I had an absolute blast performing at the final and have really enjoyed the whole process! It's sad it's all over but I'm looking forward to performing at  Science Stand Up next Thursday in Bath!"

Related items:

Watch Emma's previous performance. 
Read more about our students.
Science Stand Up - Thursday 30 April 2015

For more information, please contact:

Rubina Kalra
Digital Communications Co-ordinator
Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies 

e-mail: R.Kalra@bath.ac.uk
Tel: 01225 385827

Notes to editor:

About CSCT:
Established in 2008, the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies brings together academic expertise from the University of Bath with international industrial, academic and stakeholder partners to carry out research, training and outreach in sustainable chemical technologies. We have attracted over £25m in overall funding for our activities and the centre has rapidly become an important hub for sustainable chemistry in the UK.