Chemistry and Biochemistry

National Chemistry Week

National Chemistry Week celebrates all things chemistry during the third week of October (typically the same week as Mole Day – October 23) each year.  Founded by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and co-sponsored locally by the ACS Central Utah chapter at BYU, this community-based program aims to educate the public on the positive impact chemistry has in our everyday lives. 

We invite you to join us for a week of magic shows, lectures, and hands-on workshops to experience the exciting world of chemistry firsthand!

Chemistry magic shows are entertaining demonstrations of important chemistry principles.  Presented by our very own department faculty, these fun performances last one hour. Guests may spy tie-dyed lab coats, color-changing fluid, and controlled explosions!

Since seating is limited, free tickets are required.  They become available on a rolling basis two weeks before National Chemistry Week.  This year, tickets will be available starting Monday, October 3, 2021.  Guests may register for up to 10 tickets per show.  Group tickets (11 – 20 tickets) may be requested by calling 801-422-6268.  If tickets aren’t available for the show of your choice, keep checking back to see if more have been released.  There will be a stand-by line for each show to fill in available seating five minutes before each show begins.

Click here for tickets.


Monday, October 17

5:30 pm          Professor Roger Harrison

6:30 pm          Professor Kara Stowers


Tuesday, October 18

6:30 pm          Professor Pam Van Ry

7:30                James Patterson


Wednesday, October 19 

6:30 pm          Professor David Dearden

7:30 pm          Professor Jennifer Nielson


Thursday, October 20

6:30 pm          Professor David Michaelis

7:30 pm          Professor Stacy Smith


Friday, October 21

6:30 pm          Professor Ken Christensen

7:30 pm          Professor Jeff Macedone

Check out last year's magic show!

Celebrate Mole Day with us from 6:02am - 6:02pm on October 23rd, 2021!

Click here to access the ACS’s website, which is chock-full of fun ideas for celebrating National Chemistry Week.

Some of our favorite activity ideas from previous NCWs were:

- create flubber (a polymer)

- make glue at home

- build a baking soda volcano

- go stargazing