Okay, I’ll admit it, that the title of this entry is not quite what Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner – but it does sum up this post pretty well.
Water is one of those chemicals that we tend to take for granted until it reminds us; usually because we have too much or too little of it. In one way or another, water seems to have insistently nagging me this year. In the Spring in the UK there were talks of water restrictions and droughts, while now the many places are flooded, and only a few weeks ago in the US, Hurricane Sandy proved that water could be as formidable a force as the winds.
Don’t forget water is a chemical!
Water has a huge impact on the chemical sciences – after all it is one of the most common chemicals in the world. And as such, Water features in many of the activities of the RSC, to list just a few recent examples….
- Water is one of the Priority Areas in the RSC Roadmap (http://www.rsc.org/ScienceAndTechnology/roadmap/priorityareas/waterair/index.asp)
- Last year Richard Allan, Chief Scientist at Scottish Water gave the seminar Water Sustainability – a Global Challenge (see online at: http://www.thereaction.net/events/y2011/Water_Sustainability.aspx)
- Water was featured in our activities as part of the International Year of Chemistry (2012) including the Our Children on Water – European exhibition of international art and The Global Experiment
- Moving on to the subject of water in scientific research; this year the RSC and Hermes 2012 ran a competition to find the best and most creative explanation of the phenomenon of The Mpemba Effect (the popular name for the process by which hot water sometimes freezes faster than cold water) – a process that until recently I was entirely unaware of.
- And of course, ChemSpider has a record about water which brings together lots of data – and links to other resources, including podcasts and videos: ChemSpider – Water .
Well, what about this webinar?
When I was still a bench chemist I have to admit that I only thought of water as something used in extractions, or to be excluded from reactions (and occasionally in tackling the mountain of dirty glassware that I’d accumulated). But looking at the title of the latest Chemistry World Webinar – it looks like there are still many aspects of water that I have to learn about. The webinar is free, if the details below pique your interest; you only need to follow the link and sign up to watch the live Webinar. If you can’t watch at that time or are reading this post after the Webinar has taken place – don’t worry you can access the archive of all of the Chemistry World Webinars at: http://chemistryworld.gav.co.uk/webcasts/past-events.php.
The importance of water quality in the laboratory
4 December 2012, 13:00 – 14:00 (GMT)
Speaker: Dr Estelle Riché – Senior Scientist, Merck Millipore
How are water contaminants affecting your lab results?
Join us for our next live and interactive Chemistry World webinar to learn why and how water is purified to yield the various water qualities used in the laboratory.
By the end of this free one-hour knowledge-share, you will be able to:
• identify the different contaminants potentially present in laboratory water
• understand the potential impact of these contaminants on laboratory applications such as HPLC, LC-MS, etc.
• understand how various water purification technologies remove these contaminants from laboratory water
• make better choices for the water you use in your laboratory work
Click here to find out more and register for free
This webinar is brought to you by Chemistry World in partnership with Merck Millipore.