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Explosives: The Past, Present and Future

Explosives: The Past, Present and Future Explosives have been part of our lives for many years. The first record of an explosive powder dates back to in China in 220BC and by the end of the 13th Century explosives were in use by many European countries. Nowadays, explosives are part of our everyday lives: in airbags, ejector seats and fireworks and as propulsion for space shuttles, demolition aids and under water cutting charges for off-shore gas lines.

In this free, pubic talk, Professor Jackie Akhavan will introduce the various types of explosions and explain the conditions under which a chemical reaction becomes an explosive. In looking at the past, she will cover explosive mixtures and introduce the concept of molecular explosives in use today. Looking forward, she will highlight current research activities.

Jackie is a Professor of explosives chemistry at Cranfield University and the Head of the Centre for Defence Chemistry.
This free event is open to everyone and will take place in the Bolton School Girls’ Division Great Hall.

Talk begins: 7.00pm.

Refreshments will be available beforehand from 6.30pm. Parking will be available in the Girls’ Division Quad, which will be clearly signposted on the night.
Bolton School Girls’ Division, Chorley New Road, Bolton, Lancashire BL1 4PA
Mon 27 Apr 2020
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